Master of Science in Engineering Management (M.S.E.M.)

Degree Offered: M.S.E.M
Director: Donald S. Burke, Ph.D.
Program Manager Maria Whitmire
Phone: (205) 934-8480

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (M.S.E.M.) is a joint degree between the School of Engineering and the Collat School of Business. The MSEM will further develop the technical, managerial, and professional capabilities of engineering graduates, preparing them for earlier entry into positions of leadership within a wide variety of industries and organizational types. The technical engineering coursework will emphasize a systems-oriented, multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems. The managerial and professional coursework will develop essential business acumen, an ability to think strategically, and a commitment to professional work habits that are the hallmark of excellence in engineering. Graduates will be well prepared for leadership roles and professional growth to serve their organizations, their communities, and contribute to the UAB mission of having an economic impact in the region.

Graduates will be well prepared for positions as engineers, project managers, program managers, product managers, consultants, technical sales representatives, technical sales support specialists, and engineering managers. They will have the knowledge and skills to manage an organization’s relationship with technology vendors, evaluate technical proposals, develop internal technical training and education programs, or bring both a business and a technical perspective to cross-functional teams focused on strategic alignment or evaluation of emerging technologies.

While the focus is employment, graduates will also be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in management, engineering management, interdisciplinary engineering PhD programs and other similar programs.

Application Deadlines  

Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

Admissions Requirements

  • Applicants to the program are expected to have one of the following:
    • ABET engineering degree with a 3.0 GPA
    • Professional experience in engineering or related field with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0
    • Engineering student (junior or senior) in good standing with 3.0 GPA
    • An ABET equivalent degree from an international university as reviewed by entrance committee
    • A STEM undergraduate degree in a field related to engineering.
  • International students must have TOEFL (or equivalent) with a score of 20 or above on each subsection and an 80 or above overall
  • An interview with the committee or committee member

Master of Science in Engineering Management


The MSEM degree consists of 18 hours of core courses, 3 hours of capstone and 12 hours of a student selected concentration.

The MSEM will allow students to focus on specific industry segments or technical fields through specific concentrations. Industry segment tracks are

  • Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering 
  • Design and Commercialization
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Power Systems Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Vehicle and Robotics Engineering

If a student is not interested in one of the specified concentrations, they will have the ability to design their own concentration, with the help of their advisor, by selecting a set of 4 related graduate-level engineering courses.  These courses should be consistent with the student's capstone/work path.  Student-designed concentrations must be approved by the Program Director prior to registering for any of the proposed courses.

Special Topics (590/690/790) courses and Independent Study (591/691/791) courses are reviewed for degree applicability for each program in the School of Engineering. No more than 6 combined hours of Special Topics and/or Independent Study courses will be applied to the MSEM without appeal to and approval from the Program Director.

MBA 601Accounting and Finance for Managers3
MBA 651Marketing Strategy3
MBA 681From Idea to IPO3
MSEM 640Systems Engineering3
MSEM 650Technical Project Management3
MSEM 660Professional Development for Engineers3
MSEM 695Engineering Management Design Project3
Total Hours33

Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Concentration

BME 535Tissue Engineering3
BME 520Implant-Tissue Interactions3
BME 572Industrial Bioprocessing and Biomanufacturing 3
BME 630Engineering Design and Commercialization3
Total Hours12

Design and Commercialization Concentration

MSE 610Advanced Materials, Manufacturing and Applications Development3
EE 605Embedded Systems for Industrial Scholars3
EGR 602Methods for Engineering Practice I3
BME 630Engineering Design and Commercialization3
Total Hours12

Environmental Engineering

CE 580Introduction to Water and Wastewater Treatment3
CE 600Sustainable Construction3
CE 585Engineering Hydrology3
CE 531Energy Resources3
Total Hours12

Manufacturing Engineering

MSE 606Introduction to Manufacturing Engineering3
MSE 607Measurement Systems Analysis3
MSE 608Process Characterization and Advanced Statistical Analysis3
ASEM 612Engineering Risk3
Total Hours12

Power Systems Engineering

EE 571Power Systems I3
EE 572Power Systems II3
EE 573Protective Relaying of Power Systems3
EE 574Industrial Power Systems3
Total Hours12

Software Engineering

EE 640Object-Oriented Design3
EE 650Software Engineering3
EE 654Mobile Computing3
EE 656Introduction to Big Data Analytics3
Total Hours12

Vehicle and Robotics Engineering

ME 672Advanced Dynamics3
ME 531Introduction to Vehicle Drive Systems Engineering 3
ME 530Vehicular Dynamics3
ME 632Autonomous Wheel Power Management Systems: Theory and Design3
Total Hours12


Burke, Donald S. , Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Program Director, Advanced Safety Engineering and Management Program; Track Leader, Advanced Safety Engineering, Interdisciplinary Engineering PhD Program, 2013, B.S., Ph.D. (UAB)
Callahan, Dale, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Director, Information Engineering and Management; Associate Dean for Professional Programs and Industry Relations, 2000, B.E.E. (Auburn), M.B.A. (Auburn-Montgomery), M.S.E.E. (UAB), Ph.D. (Alabama), P.E. (Alabama), Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Social Media
Eberhardt, Alan, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Associate Chair of Education, Biomedical Engineering; Director of Master of Engineering in Design and Commercialization, 1991, B.S., M.S. (Delaware), Ph.D. (Northwestern), Solid Mechanics, Injury Biomechanics, Biomedical Implants, Analytical and Numerical Methods in Biomechanics
Fouad, Fouad H., Chair, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering; Director, UAB Sustainable Smart Cities Research Center; Interim Director, Civil Engineering Construction Management Online Master Program, 1981, B.S.C.E. (Alexandria, Egypt), M.S.C.E. (Texas), Ph.D. (Texas A&M), P.E. (Alabama, Texas), Structural Engineering, Reinforced Concrete, Concrete Materials
Haider, Mohammad, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2011, Ph.D. (Tennessee-Knoxville), Low-power Sensor Electronics, Wireless Telemetry, and Wireless Power Transfer
Jun, Ho-Wook, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, 2006, B.S., M.S. (Hanyang University, South Korea), Ph.D. (Rice), Biomimetic nanotechnology, Biomaterials, Tissue engineering
Pillay, Selvum, Associate Professor and Chair of Materials Science and Engineering, 2007, Bach (M L Suttan Technikon), M.S.M.E. (Florida A&M), Ph.D. (UAB), Polymer Matrix Composites, Manufacturing and Processing, Design for Manufacture; R & D to Commercialization
Tanik, Murat M., Professor and Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1998, B.S. (Middle East Technical), M.C.S., Ph.D. (Texas A&M), Software Systems Engineering, Quantum Information Theory, Embedded Systems
Vantsevich, Vladimir V., Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 2012, Dip.-Eng., Ph.D. (Belarusian National Technical University, Minsk, Belarus), D.Sc. (State Supreme Attestation Board, Moscow, Russia), Mechatronic Systems Design, Modeling and Control; Manned/Unmanned Ground Vehicle Dynamics and Design; Dynamics and Design of Robotic Manipulators