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What is Engineering Management?

Last Updated: 02/09/2024 and all information is still up-to-date

What is Engineering Management, and how will it Benefit Me?

Engineering Management is a specialized kind of management needed to lead engineering and other technical employees and organizations successfully. It brings together the problem-solving skills of engineering and the administrative and planning abilities of management. All of which will allow you to oversee the operational performance of engineering-driven companies.

To be a successful engineering manager, you must have the skills to mentor and motivate technical professionals. These skills often differ from those needed to manage individuals in other fields effectively.

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree meets your needs first by deepening your science and engineering abilities. Second, by broadening your critical management skills. Engineering management degrees provide you with the skills necessary to manage and succeed in today’s complex engineering environments and put you in high demand.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an engineering manager’s median salary is $152,350 per year.

A man leading an engineering team meeting after receiving his Master of Engineering Management degree from NC State University

Why is NC State the Right Place for me to get my MEM Degree?

The NC State (MEM) program responds to the demand from industry for tech-savvy leaders, focusing on flexibility for you in our program and curriculum. The program uses regularly taught courses wherever possible, provides you with a personal touch to adapt the coursework to meet your needs and allows flexibility to meet the future needs of industry.

Our program offers you eight concentrations, including a “Build Your Own” option and a professional practice option. These concentrations benefit from our expertise in advanced manufacturinghealth and human systems, supply chain managementfacilities engineeringentrepreneurship and analytics. Our carefully crafted concentrations enable you to identify and plan for a future career path while providing you flexibility. This type of specialization allows you to connect to the industries that have employed MEM graduates:

  • Pharma and life sciences (17%)
  • Computer hardware and software (14%)
  • Defense and aerospace (26%)
  • Civil, environmental and energy (7%)
  • Other tech industries (26%)
  • Other (10%)

Our concentration in Facilities Engineering meets the degree requirements and certification from US military branches for MEM degrees.

What does the Curriculum look like?

RequirementCredit Hours
Core courses15
Concentration courses (includes practicum)15
Total30 (10 courses)

Transfer Policy. Students may transfer up to 12 credit hours as a non-degree student into the MEM program in accordance with the Graduate Student Handbook.