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Program: M.S., Engineering Management

Program Description

Taught by faculty with professional engineering management experience, the Engineering Management program offers engineers and other technical professionals the opportunity to develop technical management and entrepreneurial skills pertinent to the management of existing and emerging technologies. The program stresses the development of technological decision-making as well as entrepreneurial abilities, while also enabling continued intellectual growth in an area that meets professional needs. Engineering Management program graduates have been assuming leadership roles in industry since the early 1970s.

This program is available through one of the CSUN academic colleges or through The Tseng College. The program offered through The Tseng College is entirely funded by student fees and is offered in the cohort format.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Program

  1. Applicant must satisfy all requirements for graduate admission to the University. This information can be found on the Prospective Students--Graduate Student Applicant page.
  2. For admission, a bachelor of science degree in an undergraduate engineering/science program with a 2.5 or higher overall grade point average (GPA) is required.
  3. All applicants will be required to submit a one page (single spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font) Statement of Purpose (SOP). The SOP must explain the applicant’s undergraduate degree and any related work experience he or she has, why the applicant wishes to join the M.S. Engineering Management program and what he or she hopes to get out of the program.
  4. The department may request additional supporting materials to assess an applicant’s preparation and likelihood for academic success. The admissions committee will review each application holistically and reserves the right to reject/accept applications to the M.S. Engineering Management program and the decision taken by the admissions committee will be considered final.
  5. Additional requirements for international students can be found in the section for International Admissions.

B. Requirements for Advancement to Classified Status

  1. Satisfaction of University requirements for classified status.
  2. Approval of a program of study plan by an assigned faculty advisor.
  3. Approval by the department graduate coordinator/program academic lead.

C. Special Requirements

  1. This program is intended primarily for students holding a B.S. in Engineering or other technical field. Prospective students who work in or have experience in technical environments and hold degrees in nontechnical fields should contact the department to discuss additional prerequisite courses with a faculty advisor.
  2. No more than 6 units of advisor-approved 400-level courses may be included in the graduate program of study.

D. Required Courses

1. Required Core Courses (15 units)

MSE 600 Decision Tools for Engineering Managers (3)
MSE 602 Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineering Professionals (3)
MSE 604 Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis (3)
MSE 606 Production and Operations Management for Engineers (3)
MSE 608B Leadership of Engineering Professionals and High-Tech Firms (3)

The above-listed core courses make up 15 credit units. In addition to this, the student is required to take 15 credit units of electives, plus a culminating experience course (MSE 697MGT) of 3 credit units.

2. Electives (15 units)

a. Elective Courses for Self-Support Online Students

Due to the cohort nature of the online degree, students enrolled in this program must take the following courses as their five electives:

GBUS 593 Management/Marketing Seminar (3)
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 610 Engineering Supply Chain Systems (3)
MSE 617 Seminar in Quality Management (3)

b. Elective Courses for Residential Students

All elective units must be selected from approved courses in the department. No more than 6 of the total elective units may be at the 400-level. The approved electives include:
GBUS 593 Management/Marketing Seminar (3)
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management (3)
MSE 407 Manufacturing Systems (3)
MSE 415 Product Design (3)
MSE 504 Engineering Management (3)
MSE 505 Engineering Decision Analysis (3)
MSE 507 Lean Manufacturing Systems (3)
MSE 540 Sustainability for Engineers (3)
MSE 607B Systems Engineering and Management (3)
MSE 608A Seminar in International Engineering Management (3)
MSE 610 Engineering Supply Chain Systems (3)
MSE 617 Seminar in Quality Management (3)
MSE 618 Six Sigma Quality Engineering (3)
MSE 692 Engineering Management Research Practicum (3)

No elective units outside of the department will be accepted.

3. Culminating Experience (3 units)

In addition to coursework, all students must successfully complete the following culminating experience:

MSE 697MGT Engineering Management Directed Comprehensive Studies (3)

Total Units Required for the M.S. Degree: 33


Department of Manufacturing Systems Engineering and Management
Chair/Graduate Coordinator: Behzad Bavarian
Jacaranda Hall (JD) 4510
(818) 677-2167

Online Program
Master of Science in Engineering Management
Graduate Coordinator: Shereazad Jimmy Gandhi
(818) 677-6157

Staff: Jesse Knepper
(818) 677-4415

Staff: Alejandra Nuñez
(818) 677-6146

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Identify, analyze and solve engineering management problems quantitatively.
  2. Explain management techniques and strategies applied in engineering and high-tech firms.
  3. Explain and analyze contemporary issues and developments in operations management of engineering firms.