On-Campus Program | Master of Engineering Management | NC State University

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On-Campus Program

Last Updated: 05/30/2024 | All information is accurate and still up-to-date

The traditional on-campus classroom experience lets you meet face-to-face with your professor and classmates. Since you likely attended in-person classes from elementary school through your undergraduate degree, this environment requires the least adjustment. If you have trouble focusing, in-person communication can help you stay engaged with what you’re learning.

If you thrive on face-to-face interaction, in-person learning is your best option. You can ask spur-of-the-moment questions, which may benefit your learning style.

Meeting face-to-face with people and getting to know them makes developing relationships and building community more comfortable and natural in an on-campus environment.

However, the most significant disadvantage of on-campus classes is having a set schedule you must follow each week. Your class might be at night, so you need to set aside that time to attend. Additionally, you need to factor in travel time from work or home to campus.


In the on-campus program, the core curriculum begins with:

  • Decision Science (3 credits) – ISE 501 Introduction to Operations Research

To meet your 15-credit requirement, you then choose one course from each of the following four themes:

  • Decision Science (#3 Credits)
  • Quantitative literacy (3 credits)
  • Organizational communication and leadership (3 credits)
  • Project management (3 credits)
  • Financial aptitude (3 credits)
ThemeCORE CURRICULUM: Master of Engineering ManagementCredits
Decision Science
ISE 501 Intro to Operations Research 13
Take one course:3
EM 589 Probability and Statistics for Engineers 1
ST 513 Statistics for Management and Social Sciences I 2
ST 515 Experimental Statistics for Engineers I
ST 516 Experimental Statistics for Engineers II
ST 517 Applied Statistical Methods I 2
ST 518 Applied Statistical Methods II 2
Take one course:3
EGR 501 Engineering Leadership and Strategic Change 1
Communication &
COM 527 Seminar in Organizational Conflict Management 2
COM 530 Interpersonal Communication in Science/Technology Organizations 2
COM 556 Seminar in Organizational Communication
Take one course:3
EM 530 Project Management 1
CE 561 Construction Project Management 2
EGR 590 Engineering Project Management 2
Take one course:3

ISE 510 Applied Engineering Economy 1
(ISE 510 is regularly taught with students from many disciplines)
EGR 505 Managerial Finance for Engineers 2
(includes Accounting and is being taught, with current enrollment from engineering on-line students)
CE 567 Risk and Financial Management in Construction 2
CORE Subtotal15
DEGREE total30

1 Course taught both on-campus and online.

2 Courses are offered online only.

Statistics Requirements

The following courses are offered by the Statistics Department as options for the MEM program:

  • ST 513 Statistics for Management I
  • ST 515 Experimental Statistics for Engineers
  • ST 516 Experimental Statistics for Engineers II
  • ST 517 Applied Statistical Methods I
  • ST 518 Applied Statistical Methods II

Among these courses, ST 516 and ST 517 have prerequisites. Often, ST 516’s prerequisite of ST 515 is frequently waived, especially for students who have taken an undergraduate probability and statistics course. As for ST 517, the only prerequisite is the undergraduate MA 241 Calculus II or its equivalent. The other courses simply require graduate standing.