Master of Engineering Management

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) graduate degree program is available to off-campus students residing both in and out of the United States. The program equips practicing engineers with the knowledge and skills necessary to assist them in effectively managing engineers and other technical resources to accomplish complex technical tasks. Students will develop an economic, technical and human resource perspective for the technical managerial decisions they will face. They will be equipped to react to changes in domestic and international markets, workforce dynamics, and emerging technologies and be able to plan for the future success of their businesses. All courses are offered online. Students never need to come to campus for any coursework and will travel to the Kansas State University campus only once at the end of their program for an oral examination which is conducted by their supervisory committee.

Careers in Engineering Management

To stay competitive, organizations need more educated and informed technical managers. This needs fuels the increased demand for graduates of engineering management programs. Some of the environments in which engineering management skills are important to include:

  • government agencies
  • small to large-scale manufacturers
  • healthcare providers
  • military operations
  • professional consulting companies
  • service organizations


Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Master of Engineering Management degree is offered through the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering. The department's undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the same engineering faculty is fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.

Student Success

“I was very passionate about the discipline of engineering, but I also wanted to enhance my business skills. The more I looked into the engineering management master’s program at K-State, I realized I could have the best of both worlds.” — Amy Martens ‘01


The Master of Engineering Management online program is designed to be a part-time program and typically requires two to four years to complete. The curriculum is a set of integrated engineering and engineering management topics that develop a student's skill base focused on effective management of technical resources in engineering environments. The program is a coursework only program requiring 30 credit hours for completion. A final master's culminating experience presentation is required for each student upon completion of their coursework or in the final semester of coursework. The culminating experience is administered by the student's supervisory committee and tests their grasp of topics in the curriculum as well as their ability to apply them in the workplace. Students are to choose the following for their supervisory committee when completing their Program of Study: Dr. Bradley Kramer, Dr. David Ben-Arieh, and Dr. Margaret Rys. Dr. Kramer is typically the major professor. Students residing within 250 miles of Manhattan, Kansas, must travel to campus to meet with their supervisory committee for the culminating experience. Others may request a telephone or teleconference culminating experience. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are completing the master's program. Course Format All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University. Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online. Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks. Core Courses (15 credits) Students will choose five of the following six courses. Each course is offered at least once every two years.

  • IMSE 605 - Advanced Industrial Management (3 credits)
  • IMSE 680 - Quantitative Problem Solving Methods (3 credits; offered every semester)
  • IMSE 806 - Engineering Project Management (3 credits)
  • IMSE 810 - Industrial Logistics Engineering (3 credits)
  • IMSE 811 - Advanced Production and Inventory Control (3 credits)
  • IMSE 822 - Advanced Engineering Economy (3 credits)

Elective Courses (15 credits) Electives are any courses not utilized as a core course on your program of study. At least one elective course is offered online each semester. Actual degree requirements will be summarized on an approved program of study. Some general guidelines include:

  • Of the 30 credit hours required for the MEM program, at least 18 hours should be at the 700 level and above.
  • Courses offered by other K-State departments, if approved by an advisor, can also be elective courses.
  • At most, 6 hours can be transferred from another school unless prior approval is obtained.
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken from an outside department without prior permission.
  • Courses in the IMSE department must be above the 600 level.
  • Courses outside the department must be above the 500 level.
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken at the 500 level.

Students may take courses in psychology, business, and other engineering disciplines to broaden and enhance their engineering management skills.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Engineering Management Program

Admission to the Master of Engineering Management degree program with full standing requires that the applicant meet the Graduate School's admission requirements and the following:

  1. Bachelor's degree in engineering or natural science
  2. Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 hours of courses taken
  3. A calculus course
  4. A statistics course
  5. At least three years of full-time industrial (work) experience by the time they complete the program
  6. A score of 750 (old scoring system)/159 (new scoring system) or above on the quantitative portion of the GRE (International Students only)
  7. Meet the Graduate School's English language proficiency requirements.

Students not meeting these requirements may be considered if they can demonstrate equivalent evidence of an appropriate background. Contact the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering to discuss.

Application Deadlines

The application and admission process takes two to three months to complete. Distance students should plan to apply within that timeframe or earlier before the semester in which they wish to start their program. Application review will not begin until all transcripts, application fees and other supporting documents are received.

How to Apply

View admission details, transcript information and apply for the program through the K-State Graduate School application process. The website also includes an orientation to distance learning at Kansas State University.

Tuition and Fees

Online and Off-Campus Courses Online and off-campus courses through Kansas State University Global Campus are assessed at a fixed tuition rate regardless of residency status. There are no non-resident fees for online and off-campus courses offered through K-State Global Campus. Tuition rates vary by course level, undergraduate or graduate. Additional fees may be assessed by colleges and departments. Cost of Course For the most up-to-date course costs, refer to our Class Search. The cost shown in the description of each course is the total cost for the course. Proctoring Fees Some courses may require you to take proctored exams. These are exams taken online or on paper that must be taken in the presence of a proctor to ensure academic integrity. This is common practice for online programs to meet accreditation requirements. Most proctor services require that students pay a fee, and it is recommended that you ask about fees when searching for your proctor. If your course includes exams that require a proctor, you will be contacted by Student and Faculty Services at K-State Global Campus prior to the start of the semester. Tuition is set by the Kansas Board of Regents annually in late June or early July. Kansas State University reserves the right to change costs without prior notice upon approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.

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