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Engineering Management

Master of Engineering in Engineering

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The UW–Madison online Engineering Management master’s program gives you the technical knowledge and managerial expertise to advance as a highly competent, confident leader—without interrupting your career.


Is this program right for you?

Grow your career opportunities as a proven engineering manager and leader with the Master of Engineering: Engineering Management (MEM) degree—the high-impact alternative to a traditional MBA for engineers. Get ready to drive change and innovation at work through data-driven management. If you are an individual contributor, the engineering management degree will help you transition to a management role. If you already hold a leadership position, the degree will help hone your technical leadership skills.

Learn from industry leaders, world-renowned faculty, and peers from leading industry organizations. This degree is a top-ranked, collaborative online program where you will immediately apply what you learn to your real projects. At UW-Madison, we have rich experience in creating effective programs that are designed for online—a learning experience to meet you where you are. We develop and deliver courses for high-performing professionals, with a deep understanding of the challenges those professionals face.

As a UW student, you will be part of a vibrant community, challenged and supported by your instructors and fellow learners. Our students and alumni consistently point to the value of the lifelong network they develop through our programs—built through teamwork, challenges, and projects.

Is this program right for you?

Grow your career opportunities as a proven engineering manager and leader with the Master of Engineering: Engineering Management (MEM) degree—the high-impact alternative to a traditional MBA for engineers. Get ready to drive change and innovation at work through data-driven management. If you are an individual contributor, the engineering management degree will help you transition to a management role. If you already hold a leadership position, the degree will help hone your technical leadership skills.

Learn from industry leaders, world-renowned faculty, and peers from leading industry organizations. This degree is a top-ranked, collaborative online program where you will immediately apply what you learn to your real projects. At UW-Madison, we have rich experience in creating effective programs that are designed for online—a learning experience to meet you where you are. We develop and deliver courses for high-performing professionals, with a deep understanding of the challenges those professionals face.

As a UW student, you will be part of a vibrant community, challenged and supported by your instructors and fellow learners. Our students and alumni consistently point to the value of the lifelong network they develop through our programs—built through teamwork, challenges, and projects.

Admissions requirements

All applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor of Science in engineering from an accredited institution.
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 credits of degree.
  • Have a minimum of two years of post-baccalaureate engineering experience. Engineering co-op or intern experience may be applied to the experience requirement.
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency, if applicable. The required proficiency scores are: TOEFL IBT 92, PBT 580; or IELTS 7.0.

To apply:

  • Online application
  • Resume/CV
  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Phone Interview

Connect with us

Engineering Management Master's Program (Online) Q&A

June 07
noon-12:45 p.m.
Drop by the zoom room to ask your questions to the graduate program director, Heather Smith. Learn about our master's program curriculum, application process, post-graduation career paths and more.
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Program highlights

  • You learn from the best: UW–Madison’s online engineering graduate programs are consistently top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
  • In our program, what you study is directly tied to what you’re doing on the job. Instead of textbook examples and assignments, you use your actual work projects for course credit. This way, you can immediately apply what you’re learning to your career.
  • Our students say that our cohort-based approach is essential for providing the relationships, support, and encouragement that make on-time graduation achievable.
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How you'll learn

  • Online curriculum, plus an optional residence with your cohort on the UW–Madison campus each August.
  • Use the Internet, live web conferencing, and software applications to participate in group projects designed to encourage teamwork, insightful discussion, and learning from each other.
  • Participate in regular, meaningful interactions with faculty, experienced peers, and industry leaders.
  • Complete a fixed curriculum on a semester schedule, but choose when to do most of your work each week so that your career, family life, and travel schedule are not interrupted.
  • Work closely with a cohort of experienced engineers from around the world to share insights, expertise, networks, and support.

Sample curriculum

Year One

  • Foundations of Engineering Leadership
  • Engineering Economic Analysis and Management
  • Technical Project Management
  • Communicating Technical Information
  • Fostering and Leading Innovations
  • Effective Negotiation Principles and Strategies

Year Two

  • International Engineering Strategies and Operations
  • Applied Leadership and Management of Engineering Organizations
  • Quality Engineering and Quality Management
  • Marketing for Technical Professionals
  • Engineering Law
  • Creating Breakthrough Innovations

Want to sample an online course?

Test drive Canvas, our online learning platform, with modules from an actual UW–Madison master’s program.

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Connect with our enrollment coaches

Our friendly, knowledgeable enrollment coaches are here to answer your questions. Contact an enrollment coach to:

  • Learn how to make this program work with your life/schedule
  • Verify credit transfers
  • Get help with your application
  • Determine if financial aid is available

Visit with our coaches on campus or at an upcoming student fair in your area. Search student fairs & events.

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Matt DeHart

 In the first week at my job, I used some of the skills I learned in the MEM program and was asked to teach my coworkers these skills. This gave me early creditability and allowed me to contribute to the team’s productivity early in my new position. The skills I use the most in my current role are skills I learned in the MEM program. 

Matt DeHart | user interface and capabilities designer | The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory