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NC State’s Master of Engineering Management: Think and LEAD

The Master of Engineering Management degree deepens your critical analytical, science and engineering talents — Think. It also broadens your crucial management skills — Lead. NC State’s Master of Engineering Management degree provides you with the skills necessary to manage and succeed in today’s complex technical environments.

What is Engineering Management and Why NC State?

See why Arushi Kulshreshth selected the NC State MEM program over Columbia University and 20 other schools

Choose a Program that Best Fits your Lifestyle

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On-Campus Program

A traditional classroom allows you to meet face-to-face with your professor and classmates. Since you most likely attended class in person from elementary through high school, this environment requires you to make the least amount of adjustment.

There are reasons why on-campus learning has remained the traditional classroom experience. It allows you to quickly build community, get your questions answered right there and then, and keep a structured schedule.

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Online Program

With resources such as video conferencing, online forums and constant communication, you have more ways to learn than ever.

One of the most notable benefits of online education is having a flexible schedule. Also, it deepens your self-discipline and motivational skills. This program allows you to connect with classmates from potentially all over the world.

A student choosing to pursue a Certificate of Foundations in Engineering Management at NC State University

Certificate Program

The Engineering Management Foundations Graduate Certificate is a 12 credit hour graduate program. Successful certificate completion would cover 40 percent of the MEM degree by design. Further, the certificate curriculum intentionally requires little to no prerequisites.

After starting the certificate program, your credits may qualify if you want to transfer into the Master of Engineering Management degree program.

Choose Your Concentration

NC State’s Master of Engineering Management program prepares you for the career path you want by offering eight flexible concentration tracks. It supports the job role and career goals you have in mind. Our concentration areas help you choose the skills you need for your potential job role.


Choosing between an Engineering Management degree and an MBA depends on your passions and goals. While Engineering Management vs. MBA is a comparison of highly regarded programs, both will prepare you to be a proficient leader with a curriculum in:

  • Organizational Management and Leadership
  • Human Resources
  • Decision-making
  • Communications
  • Financial Management and Analysis
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Operations

MEM Program

A woman receiving her master of engineering management degree from NC State University
  • A MEM provides you with leadership skills that apply to technical industries, like engineering. You will build connections with peers, professors, and professionals with similar experiences and goals. Students in the program may come from different engineering fields, but they all have a STEM background.
  • MEM programs prepare you for the engineering and technology industry. While many courses overlap with those in an MBA program, they are engineering-specific. For example, MEM examines how factors like staffing, finances and technical requirements can improve an engineering organization’s performance and how they impact the final product.
  • You will graduate with your MEM prepared to take on leadership roles within engineering, technology and scientific organizations. You will be a multi-talented professional who can connect technical engineering knowledge with organizational and people management skills.
  • A full-time MEM takes as few as 12 months to complete.

MBA Program

A man receiving his MBA degree from NC State University
  • An MBA provides you with leadership skills that apply to various industries. Quite often, you would select an MBA if you wanted to pursue more traditional business professions, such as accounting, finance or marketing.
  • MBA programs prepare you for a successful career in various industries. Curricular topics may include marketing, accounting, organizational behavior, project management, economics and statistics.
  • You will graduate with your MBA prepared to improve performance and return on investment for companies and organizations.
  • A full-time MBA takes as few as 21 months to complete.