Professional Practice | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

Professional Practice

Last Updated: 05/23/2024 | All information is accurate and still up-to-date

The Professional Practice Concentration addresses your need for practical knowledge and real-world problem-solving. This concentration offers opportunities to apply industry co-op experience and work on an Engineering Management practicum project simultaneously.

During your internship/co-op, you will enhance independent learning by tackling real-world industrial problems. You will write and defend a technical report on your experiences, further boosting your professional worth.

Led by top faculty across Engineering, Management, and Textiles, courses cover Python programming, simulation modeling, and Lean Six Sigma. This concentration is customizable, allowing you to choose engineering and management courses tailored to your desired specialization.


CONCENTRATION: Professional PracticeCredits
CORE Subtotal
Take three courses:
Engineering discipline 500-level electives
(currently offered and open to non-majors)
Management discipline 500-level electives
(currently offered and open to non-majors)
Take one course:
(credit course)
EM 675 Engineering Management Masters Project
(or substitute practicum with approval)
IMS 675 Masters Project 1
(or substitute practicum with approval)
ISE 677 Industrial Engineering Projects
(or substitute practicum with approval)

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Course is offered online only.

Professional Practice Knowledge and Skills Gained

The Master of Engineering Management with a professional practice concentration equips you with skills to:

  • Design database-based applications using rapid application development tools.
  • Perform numerical and scientific computing with Numpy, Pandas, and SciPy in Python.
  • Manage material flow through a manufacturing plant with production and inventory control.

Additionally, you will:

  • Analyze different facilities using simulation models with SIMIO software.
  • Learn quality engineering concepts and methods.
  • Manage technical products through all product life cycle phases.
  • Improve products and processes systematically with Lean Six Sigma principles.

This program readies you for a comprehensive array of tasks, including:

  • Collecting, storing, processing and analyzing data
  • Reporting detailed statistics and patterns
  • Drawing conclusions and insights
  • Making actionable recommendations
  • Conveying information to others effectively
  • Solving problems in an orderly and systematic way