Engineering Management Master of Science Program

Western Michigan University’s Master of Science in Engineering Management (M.S.) program is just  one of seven certified programs globally. Our program is focused on the management of people, money, projects, and systems and program immerses students in the art and science of modern management methods geared toward engineering and technical operations. Courses can be completed in Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, Michigan.
This program is certified by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and is a Registered Education Provider of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Upon completion of the degree, students are certified as an Assoiate of Engineering Management (CAEM). Successful completion of EM 6140 Project Management qualifies the student to sit for the Project Management Institute’s certification exam, either Certfied Associate Project Manager (CAPM) or Project Management Professional (PMP). 
Engineering management is defined by ASEM as “the art and science of planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component.” It “bridges the gap” between engineering and management; and it focuses on leadership and the skills necessary to manage people, money and projects The program was developed to meet the need for professional leaders in manufacturing and service operations.. The program’s objectives include:
  • To enhance capabilities to deal with resources available in commerce and industry to managing people, money and projects.
  • To develop leadership capabilities based on the student’s strong technical background and significant managerial skills.
  • To allow students to develop analytical and managerial skills and to acquire knowledge in related fields.
  • To develop their ability to integrate technical, managerial and systems skills to improve the performance of the enterprise.
  • To prepare students for further study in post master’s and doctoral programs as their interest and professional growth require.
The scope of the graduate program includes studies in the areas of engineering, technical resource management, and industrial leadership.
The specific career path objectives of individuals may be met by focusing on the electives and optional thesis or project. Master’s degree candidates will work with their academic advisor to tailor all elective coursework.

Points of Pride

  • American Society for Engineering Management-certified Master of Science in Engineering Management program. One of seven certified programs globally.
  • Students earn the following in addition to the degree:
    • Certified Associate in Engineering Management (CAEM) certification
    • 35 Professional Development Units (PDUs) for use in sitting for the Project Management Professional or Certified Associate in Project Management exams from Project Management Institute
    • Six Sigma Green Belt (as offered by the Institute of Industrial Engineers)
  • Program faculty are active in the engineering management profession – board members and officers in the American Society for Engineering Management and the engineering management honor society, Epsilon Mu Eta.

Industry Highlights

The demand for leadership in modern manufacturing and service-based industries has dramatically increased the need for people with technical and managerial skills. Because engineering management graduates understand materials and processes, they are considered ideal candidates for leadership positions in industry. The variety of career opportunities open to those who have both technical competence and managerial skills is growing and will continue to grow. Program graduates can look forward to career opportunities at higher levels of responsibility and compensation in services, manufacturing and health care.


A small number of graduate and teaching assistantships are available. Contact the department for additional information.


Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, allowing students to begin coursework in the fall, spring and summer semesters.
Department of Industrial and Entrepreneurial Engineering & Engineering Management
(269) 276-3350
Dr. David Lyth
Professor, Graduate Advisor
Dr. Timothy Greene
Acting Department Chair