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Engineering management is a multidisciplinary field composed of the courses listed in the points of the star. All of these facets need consideration when managing projects and leading people.

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At Penn State Great Valley, we recognize the growing need for engineers who can lead. Our master of engineering management (MEM) degree is designed to address the needs of these individuals in coordinating and developing large interdisciplinary engineering projects in addition to the leadership of technical staff. The program offers experience in: the analytical approaches to solving technical and socio-technical problems; leading technical people and fostering effective teams; and managing technical projects in the presence of uncertainty and risk.

MEM is a more technically focused, analytical degree designed specifically to address the challenges found at the intersection of management and engineering.

Students in this program have undergraduate backgrounds in engineering, mathematics, physics, or science so that they demonstrate the skills required for the management of complex engineering projects, products, and services within a typical engineering organization. Applicants must have three or more years of work experience in an engineering or engineering-related position.

The program is a 33-credit graduate degree melding the skills to manage complex, heterogeneous engineering projects, products, and services with the theoretical understanding to become leaders in 21st  century organizations.

  • Six core courses focus on engineering management science, engineering economics, problem solving, decision science, and project management.  (18 credits)
  • Four electives from a prescribed list.  (12 credits)
  • A Capstone Course drawing on all previous work.  (3 credits)

Seven-week courses are held evenings at our suburban campus in Malvern, Pennsylvania. Core courses are offered at least once a year during fall and spring semesters. Electives are offered at least two times every three years. The capstone course integrates knowledge gained from previous courses, drawing on their concepts, theories, and techniques to examine case studies in engineering management. This course is offered once each year during the spring semester. Students must complete twenty-four credits before registering for the capstone course.

Some courses in this program are also offered at The Philadelphia Navy Yard.

You can expect to complete your degree in two to three years going part-time or one year if going full-time at the Malvern campus.

To learn more about the degree, or for a personal appointment call 610-648-3243 or e-mail gvengin@psu.edu.


To apply:

  • If you are ready to proceed to the application but have NOT read the Graduate School requirements, please visit that website at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/prospective-students/requirements/.
  • If you have read the Graduate School and program requirements and are ready to apply, you may proceed to the application at http://www.gradschool.psu.edu/apply/.
  • Upload to the online application:
  • Submit non-refundable application fee, payable by credit card online or by check or money order payable to The Pennsylvania State University
  • Submit two official transcripts from undergraduate institution. Transcripts should be sent directly from each college or university you have attended to the Penn State Great Valley Admissions Office, Attention: Associate Director of Enrollment Management, 30 E. Swedesford Rd, Malvern, PA 19355. Your admission will be reviewed after your application portfolio is complete. For admissions questions, contact our Enrollment Services Specialist at mxi4@psu.edu or 610-648-3282.