- Department Information
- M.S. in Engineering Management
- Other Degree Requirements
- Post-baccalaureate Courses
- Graduate Courses
Department of Engineering
College of Science
Office: VBT 346
Phone: (510) 885-2654
David Bowen, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Saeid Motavalli (Chair), Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh
Zinovy Radovilsky (joint appointment in Engineering and Management), Ph.D. Scientific Research Institute of Labor, Moscow
Eric A. Suess (joint appointment in Engineering and Statistics), Ph.D. University of California, Davis
Helen Zong, Ph.D. University of Houston
Farnaz Ganjeizadeh, Ph.D. University of Alabama at Huntsville
Farzad Shahbodaghlou, Ph.D. Purdue University
Reza Akhavian, Ph.D. University of Central Florida
Cristián Gaedicke, Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Roger Doering Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Howard H. Lei, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
James Tandon, Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara
The Department of Engineering, in cooperation with the College of Business and Economics, offers an interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. This degree is designed for working engineers and professionals who are in leadership/management positions or who are planning to advance their careers into the management of technical enterprises. It is also designed to benefit engineering or science graduates who are interested in assuming leadership positions in industry.
The objectives of the M.S. in Engineering Management are:
- to prepare future managers of technical enterprises;
- to enable current and future engineers/scientists to assume leadership positions as they advance in their careers; and
- to meet the demand for effective engineering managers who are able to lead technically complex industries.
This degree is different from other Engineering Management degrees in that it includes a well-balanced curriculum consisting of quantitative courses in industrial engineering and qualitative management courses. The curriculum gives students an understanding of both the engineering and management perspectives. This is valuable for individuals managing engineering/high tech firms.
Students take required courses in design and management of human work systems, systems simulation, applied quality assurance, product process design, project management, and research methods in engineering management. Also included in the core are courses in financial management and enterprise planning and control. Students also have a broad choice of electives, allowing them to select from many areas of specialization.
There is a great need for individuals who possess both technical background and management skills to run the large variety of technical enterprises. Traditionally, engineers move into management positions in technical enterprises without having a formal academic background in management. The Engineering Management graduate, however, is better equipped to recognize the effects of new technology on management issues and to understand the products and services produced by these technical firms. This understanding gives Engineering Management graduates an edge over traditional managers, and enables them to become effective leaders in the engineering industry.
The M.S. in Engineering Management is designed to accommodate working adults with courses generally meeting in the evening. The interdisciplinary design of the program allows students to take courses from faculty in engineering, business, computer science and/or statistics. The elective courses in the curriculum give students the opportunity to concentrate study in their areas of interest.
The M.S. Degree in Engineering Management is open to students planning a career, or seeking to advance their career in managing technical enterprises who: (1) have a baccalaureate degree in engineering, basic science or related fields from an accredited institution, and (2) have earned an overall grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 basis) or better in their undergraduate work. Degrees from foreign institutions will be individually evaluated.
In addition to the University Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Application, all applicants should: (1) submit a personal statement with the application stating their reasons for wanting to pursue the M.S. in Engineering Management degree, describing relevant work experience, and explaining their past academic performance; (2) submit two letters of recommendation; and (3) submit a resume.
Admission to the university and admission to the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program are separate steps.
Student Standing and Progress Toward the Degree
There are three categories of student status which reflect student progress toward the degree: "Conditionally Classified Graduate," "Classified Graduate," and "Advancement to Candidacy.
- Students achieve "Conditionally Classified Graduate" status when they have been admitted to the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program, but have not yet completed the prerequisites for "Classified Graduate" status in the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program.
- Students achieve "Classified Graduate" status when they have satisfactorily completed the three prerequisites for the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program or their equivalents, and satisfied the University Writing Skills Requirement. (See "Prerequisites for Classified Graduate Status" below.)
- Students are Advanced to Candidacy when they have completed the required courses with a 3.0 or better GPA
Note: Students who fail to maintain progress by falling below a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses for two or more consecutive quarters will be academically disqualified from the university.
Prerequisites for "Classified Graduate" Status
As prerequisites for "Classified Graduate" status, students must satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement and satisfactorily complete the following three courses. Each course must be completed with a grade of "B" or better.
- ACCT 2251 Introduction to Financial Accounting
- ENGR/INDE 3140 Engineering Economy
- STAT/INDE 3601 Statistics and Probability for Science and Engineering I
OR STAT/ENGR 5601 Introductory Statistics and Probability for Science and Engineering.
Students can request to have one or more of these prerequisites waived based upon coursework taken at other schools. These prerequisite courses should be taken before attempting the core graduate courses. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
The M.S. degree program in Engineering Management requires completion of 48 quarter units distributed among required courses, elective courses, and the Project course (or comprehensive examination and an additional four-unit elective course). Of these units, at least 35 units must be completed in residence (transfer units are limited to 13 quarter units); at least 24 units must be in courses in the 6000 series. No course numbered 1000 to 2999 (or equivalent if taken elsewhere) may be used as part of the 48-unit graduate degree program.
No more than 4 units of Independent Study (ENGR 6900) may be counted toward the 48 units required for the degree. Project credit may not exceed 4 units.
A grade point average of 3.0 must be maintained in all 48-quarter units taken to satisfy the degree requirements. All graduate degree requirements must be completed within five (5) years.
Curricular Requirements (48 units)
- Required Courses (32 units)
- ENGR 5180 Product/Process Design (4)
- ENGR 5200 Systems Simulation (4)
- ENGR 5280 Design and Management of Human Work Systems (4)
- ENGR 6200 Project Management (4)
- ENGR 6300 Applied Quality Assurance (4)
- ENGR 6400 Research Methods in Engineering Management (4)
- FIN 6215 Corporate Financial Management (4)
- MGMT 6130 Enterprise Planning and Control (4)
- Elective Courses (12 units)
Twelve (12) quarter units of graduate courses in Engineering, Business and Economics, Computer Science, Statistics, or related areas with advisor approval.
The following is a sample list of electives:
- ENGR 6150 Production Planning and Control
- ENGR 6350 Reliability Engineering
- ENGR 6420 Systems Modeling
- ENGR 6430 Facilities Planning and Design
- ENGR 6440 Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems
- ENGR 6999 Issues in Engineering
- ENGR 6900 Independent Study
- ITM 6070 Graduate Introduction to Information Technology Management
- MGMT 6150 Global Supply Chain Management
- MGMT 6470 Management of Technology and Innovation
- MGMT 6560 High Performance Management
- Capstone Experience (4 units)
ENGR 6800 Applied Research in Engineering Management; ENGR 6899 Project; or pass the comprehensive examination and complete an additional 4-unit elective course.
Students accumulating more than 8 units of work graded "I" may not register for courses applicable to the degree until the "I" grades are removed.
To complete a research project, students enroll in ENGR 6899 Project (4 units). The Project is a capstone cumulative experience based on the coursework completed for the degree and is accompanied by a written document. A faculty member from the department supervises the student's work. One bound copy of the written component of the Project is required for the department.
Grades of "RP" (Report in Progress) may be given for a Project that is not completed at the end of the quarter. The "RP" grade must be removed within one year or it will become an "F."
Instead of enrolling in ENGR 6899 Project, students can elect to take a comprehensive examination and complete an additional four-unit elective course. The comprehensive exam can be taken upon completion of the required courses.
Granting the Degree
Upon satisfaction of all requirements for the degree, the department will recommend that the candidate be granted the Master of Science degree in Engineering Management. Students must file for graduation by the end of the second week of the quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate.
The Department of Engineering offers accelerated post-baccalaureate certificate programs in Engineering Management and Quality Management. The Engineering Management Certificate is designed for engineering practitioners who wish to expand their careers to management and want to acquire a basic understanding of the theory and fundamentals of management. The Quality Management Certificate is designed for engineers and scientists working in production facilities who are engaged in quality improvement projects and who wish to acquire a basic understanding of the fundamentals of quality management and the application of quality improvement techniques. In addition, these certificate programs offer advanced students currently enrolled in the B.S. in Engineering program an opportunity to broaden their employment options.
Prerequisite for enrollment in the Engineering Management Certificate or Quality Management Certificate programs: calculus background equivalent to MATH 1304 and 1305, or a B.S. in Engineering or one of the other sciences.
Engineering Management (16 units)
- ENGR 4180 or 5180 Product/Process Design (4)
- ENGR 6200 Project Management (4)
- ENGR 6300 Applied Quality Assurance (4)
- MGMT 6115 E-Commerce Enterprise Management (4)
Quality Management (16 units)
- ENGR 5300 Quality Engineering (4)
- ENGR 6300 Applied Quality Assurance (4) (or completion of STAT 3503 and 6509)
- ENGR 6350 Reliability Engineering (4)
- STAT 5601 Introductory Statistics and Probability for Science and Engineering (4) (or completion of STAT 3401 and 3502)
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|5180||Product/Process Design (4)
Investigation of the product and process design cycle as a source of competitive advantage. Topics include functional maps, aggregate planning, cross-functional integration, design for manufacturability, and the design-build-test cycle. Case studies and site visits used extensively to reinforce concepts presented in lectures and reading assignments. Prerequisites: ENGR 2070, 3140 or departmental approval.
|5200||Systems Simulation (4)
Design and analysis of manufacturing and service systems by simulation. Function of random variables. Random number and function generators, programming and characteristics of simulation languages. Prerequisites: CS 1160, ENGR 3841, STAT/ENGR 3601 or departmental approval. Three hrs. lect.; 3 hrs. lab.
|5280||Design and Management of Human Work Systems (4)
Qualitative principles and techniques used to maximize labor productivity, employee satisfaction, and organizational performance in work settings. Topics include worker motivation and incentive systems, leadership, worker autonomy, work groups and participatory organizational structures including quality control circles, total productive maintenance teams, and socio-technical systems. Prerequisites: ENGR 3020, ENGR/PSYC 3190 or departmental approval.
|5300||Quality Engineering (4)
Quality control, reliability, maintainability, and integrated logistic support. Statistical theory of process control and sampling inspection. Risks associated with decisions based on operating characteristics of control charts and sampling plans. Reliability and life testing methods. Economics of statistical QC. Prerequisites: STAT/ENGR 3601 or 5601, or departmental approval. Cross-listed with STAT 5300.
|5601||Introductory Statistics and Probability for Science and Engineering (4)
(See STAT 5601 for course description.)
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6090||Economic Decision Systems (4)
Course Content: Economic evaluation of information for complex decisions. Analysis of risks and uncertainties. Bayes theory and models. Decision theory, sequential decisions, and value of information applied to financial evaluation and control. Major project justification procedures. Prerequisites: ENGR 3140, STAT/ENGR 3601 or departmental approval. Not open to students with credit for ENGR 4090. A-F grading only.
|6150||Production Planning and Control (4)
Inventory planning and control systems. Implementation of manufacturing resource planning including demand forecasting, production planning, master scheduling, bill-of-material, and inventory master file. Capacity requirements planning and shop floor control. Project management. Prerequisites: ENGR 2070, 3841; STAT/ENGR 3601 or departmental approval. Not open to students with credit for ENGR 4100. A-F grading only. Three hrs. lect., 3 hrs. lab.
|6200||Project Management (4)
Application of project management from both strategic and operational points of view. Quantitative methods such as project planning, budgeting, evaluation, selection, scheduling and control are demonstrated by using MS project via PERT/CPM. Early identification of potential problems, with implementation of alternative solutions and risk management. Prerequisites: STAT 1000 or STAT/ENGR 3601 or 5601, or departmental approval. A-F grading only.
|6300||Applied Quality Assurance (4)
Application of quality engineering and management techniques during the design and improvement of processes and procedures. Topics include the application of statistical and optimization techniques used for process improvements. Design of Experiments (DOE), multivariate regression, and quality improvement techniques such as Six Sigma will be presented. Prerequisites: STAT/ENGR 3601 or 5601, or departmental approval. Cross-listed with STAT 6300.
|6350||Reliability Engineering (4)
Reliability concepts and mathematical models, mechanical device reliability, electrical device reliability, systems reliability and maintainability, reliability data, assurance program elements. Prerequisite: ENGR 3841 or departmental approval. Not open to students with credit for ENGR 4350. A-F grading only.
|6400||Research Methods in Engineering Management (4)
An application-oriented course with emphasis on quantitative techniques in engineering management. Topics include: decision-making under uncertainty, risk analysis, network analysis such as PERT and CPM, multi-criteria decision-making and cost optimization.
|6420||Systems Modeling (4)
Integration, problem identification, and the application of problem resolution techniques in manufacturing and service domains. System approach to problem identification, description, modeling, and resolutions derived by traditional optimization techniques as well as artificial intelligence methods. Supply chain modeling methods, logistics support analysis, procurement, and outsourcing strategies. Prerequisite: ENGR 4100 or departmental approval. A-F grading only.
|6430||Facilities Planning and Design (4)
Design concepts and input requirements in planning and design of new, or renovation of, existing manufacturing systems. Product, process, and flow and activity analysis techniques. Flow lines and buffering techniques. Computer-aided layout design and evaluation. Design of handling systems. Math models of location problems. Prerequisites: ENGR 3020 and 3841 or departmental approval. Not open to students with credit for ENGR 4430. A-F grading only. Three hrs. lect., 3 hrs. lab.
|6440||Computer Integrated Manufacturing Systems (4)
Introduction to automation, computer aided manufacturing, group technology, computer aided process planning, cellular manufacturing, just-in-time manufacturing, Push and Pull Manufacturing Systems, and production control. Prerequisite: ENGR 4100 or departmental approval. A-F grading only. Three hrs. lect.; 2 hrs. lab.
|6800|| Applied Research in Engineering Management (4)
An integrative capstone experience in which students conduct a literature search, develop a research proposal, complete a capstone graduate individual project and write a comprehensive project report encompassing areas covered in their course work. Prerequisites: Completion of University Writing Skills Requirement.
Completion of a research or applied project, accompanied by a written report. The report is submitted to the department, which specifies its format. A departmental faculty member supervises the project. Oral defense may be required. Prerequisites: Advancement to Candidacy and consent of project advisor.
|6900||Independent Study (1-4)
Course is based on selected research topics agreed upon by the student and the faculty supervising the course. A plan of work completion must be submitted and approved prior to proceeding with the project. The student will provide progress reports and a final report prior to final presentation to the committee.
|6999||Issues in Engineering (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in engineering. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units. A-F grading only.