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Master of Science in Engineering Management

Program Description: 
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The M.S. in Engineering Management program (MSEMT) is designed for students with undergraduate degrees in engineering or related sciences to prepare them for management responsibilities. As an MSEMT student, you will learn how to lead technology projects as well as manage teams, engineering functions, and companies.

In addition, you will gain an understanding of the economic decision making processes. More than just theory, the MSEMT program offers real world examples provided by instructors who have years of relevant industry experience, covering topics such as technology creation, management of invention, information systems, managerial accounting, and quantitative methods.

This is also a suitable program to help prospective technical entrepreneurs understand the enterprise creation process.

NOTE: This program is appropriate for students from all engineering disciplines and does not focus specificially on Industrial & Systems Engineering.

Application Info: 

Application Criteria

An undergraduate degree in engineering from a regionally-accredited university. Familiarity with engineering economy, engineering probability and statistics is recommended, but not required.
Satisfactory cumulative undergraduate GPA (grade point average)
Satisfactory GRE test scores. All scores must be officially reported to the university directly by ETS.
Satisfactory performance in previous coursework related to the intended major.

Application Materials for All Applicants

DEN@Viterbi Summer 2016 and DEN@Viterbi Fall 2016 Applicants: All applicants must complete and submit the USC Online Application. 

Spring 2017 and Fall 2017 Applicants: USC Online Application will be available July 1, 2016. Visit our Application Deadlines page for more information. 


Transcripts: Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
GRE General Test: Satisfactory scores less than five years old. Official scores must be reported from ETS directly to USC using ETS school code 4852. A department code is not required.
Letters of Recommendation (3 Highly Recommended): Letters of recommendation should be from faculty or others (supervisors, professional colleagues, etc.) qualified to evaluate your potential for graduate study. 
Statement of Purpose (Required): The statement of purpose should describe succinctly your reasons for applying to the proposed program at the Viterbi School of Engineering, your preparation for this field of study, study interests, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Additional Application Materials for International Applicants

English Language Proficiency: In addition to the general admission criteria listed above, international students whose first language is not English are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS examination to be considered a candidate for admission.  There is no minimum TOEFL or IELTS score required for admission to the Viterbi School. For possible exemption from additional language requirements, you must achieve an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 90, with no less than 20 on each section or an IELTS score of 6.5, with no less than 6 on each band score. For more details on English Proficiency Criteria for the University of Southern California, please visit USC Graduate Admission - Proficiency in English.
Program Details: 
Please Note: Requirements for graduation, course offerings, course availability, track offerings and any other degree requirements are subject to change. Students should consult with an academic advisor prior to registering for any classes.
A minimum of 30 units is required to earn the M.S. in Engineering Management degree.
  • A minimum of 30 units is required to earn the M.S. in Engineering Management degree.
  • Minimum number of units from ISE department: 18 units
  • Minimum number of units at the 500-level or above: 21 units
  • Elective courses: 12 units (These four courses should be chosen to form a coherent program. Consult and receive approval from an ISE graduate advisor before enrolling in elective courses.)
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required for graduation
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Available Online: 
This program is also available online to professional engineers through the Distance Education Network (DEN@Viterbi). Because the DEN@Viterbi program provides a fully equivalent academic experience, the degree a USC engineering student earns is the same whether they are on-campus or online.
If you are interested in beginning classes as a DEN@Viterbi student next semester, explore the requirements and steps to enrolling as a Limited Status Student

More information about DEN@Viterbi

DEN@Viterbi Online Course Offerings

The following courses and program requirements serve as program planning for DEN@Viterbi students. Course offerings and availability are subject to change. Please consult with advisor if you have any questions.

Required Classes

Both Courses Required - 6 Units Total.
ISE 500 | Engineering Management Decisions and Statistics
ISE 561 | Economic Analysis of Engineering Projects
Accounting Area
At least one course is required - 3 units total.
CE 502 | Construction Accounting and Finance
ISE 566 | Financial Accounting Analysis for Engineering
Engineering Management Area
At least two courses are required - 6 units total.
ISE 515 | Engineering Project Management
ISE 544 | Management of Engineering Teams
ISE 564 | Performance Analysis
ISE 565 | Law and Finance for Engineering Innovation
Quantitative Methods Area
At least one course is required - 3 units total.
ISE 514 | Advanced Production Planning and Scheduling
ISE 525 | Design of Experiments
ISE 527 | Quality Management for Engineers
ISE 530 | Optimization Methods for Analytics
Additional Electives
12 units of electives are also required.  These four courses should be chosen to form a coherent program with the consent of an advisor.