Best Online Master’s in Engineering Management

Find top-ranked online master’s in engineering management degree programs to prepare students for leadership positions in a variety of environments, including manufacturing organizations, government agencies, and healthcare facilities.

Best Online Master’s in Engineering Management
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Frequently Asked Questions About Engineering Management Degrees

Earning a master’s degree in engineering management can help working professionals strengthen their leadership skills and prepare for managerial positions in the workforce.

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Offered both online and in person, this roughly 30-credit degree can be completed in about two years.

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While some programs may offer additional concentrations, most of the coursework for this degree is centered around leadership principles, problem-solving, project management, and decision making, especially in areas like finance and organizational governance. Students may also learn about topics like marketing, engineering contract management, and ethics in the workplace.

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Upon graduation, and depending on previous work experience, individuals will be prepared for leadership positions in a variety of environments, including manufacturing organizations, government agencies, and healthcare facilities.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s degree in engineering.

Best Online Master's in Engineering Management Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online engineering management master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Engineering Management Degree Programs

  1. #1

    Cornell University

    #15 institution's historical influence
    #14 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $59K

    Acceptance

    11%

    Graduation

    95%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1480/33

    Ithaca, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  2. #2

    University of Southern California

    #31 institution's historical influence
    #30 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $60K

    Acceptance

    16%

    Graduation

    92%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1445/32

    Los Angeles, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Electrical Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 48
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Petroleum Engineering and Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 45
    • Completion time: 2.5-3.5 years
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Texas at Austin

    #34 institution's historical influence
    #43 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    88%

    Student body

    44K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1355/30

    Austin, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    University of Arizona

    #88 institution's historical influence
    #605 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    39K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/25

    Tucson, AZ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30-33
    • Completion time: 1.5-2.5 years
    • Format: Online
  5. #5

    Syracuse University

    #77 institution's historical influence
    #1450 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    23K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1280/28

    Syracuse, NY

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Texas Tech University

    #396 institution's historical influence
    #1458 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    35K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1165/24

    Lubbock, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    University of Massachusetts Amherst

    #149 institution's historical influence
    #953 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    83%

    Student body

    29K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/29

    Amherst, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  8. #8

    University of Arkansas

    #317 institution's historical influence
    #1356 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1210/26

    Fayetteville, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    University of Central Florida

    #494 institution's historical influence
    #181 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    45%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    60K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1255/27

    Orlando, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    New Jersey Institute of Technology

    #863 institution's historical influence
    #1299 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $18K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1290/27

    Newark, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    University of Alabama in Huntsville

    #1057 institution's historical influence
    #1326 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1363/28

    Huntsville, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Engineering Management
    • Federal Contracting and Procurement Management
    • Technology and Innovation Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Florida International University

    #519 institution's historical influence
    #215 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    48K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    Miami, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  13. #13

    Missouri University of Science and Technology

    #847 institution's historical influence
    #1443 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1325/29

    Rolla, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS, PhD in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS, PhD in Systems Engineering

    Concentrations

    • Cyber Physical Systems
    • Engineering Management
    • Project Management
    • Financial Engineering
    • Computational Intelligence Engineering and Model based Systems Engineering.
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    University of Louisville

    #312 institution's historical influence
    #1277 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    Louisville, KY

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    Online Degrees

    MEng in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    University of Nebraska–Lincoln

    #243 institution's historical influence
    #711 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    25K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1240/25

    Lincoln, NE

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    Online Degrees

    MEM in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  16. #16

    University of Idaho

    #637 institution's historical influence
    #1023 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Moscow, ID

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    Online Degrees

    MEngr in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #973 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    Kettering University

    #1430 institution's historical influence
    #1207 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1275/27

    Flint, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 40
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Old Dominion University

    #959 institution's historical influence
    #709 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    19K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/21

    Norfolk, VA

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    Online Degrees

    MEM in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MEM in Engineering Management by Portable Media
    • Required Credits: 19-31
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    #829 institution's historical influence
    #1385 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    80%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    28K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1205/24

    Charlotte, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MSEM in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 31
    • Completion time: 7-12 months
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    University of Memphis

    #558 institution's historical influence
    #787 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    52%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1120/22

    Memphis, TN

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management

    Concentrations

    • Transportation
    • Manufacturing
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    California State University, Northridge

    #544 institution's historical influence
    #1253 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    66%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1020/19

    Northridge, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  23. #23

    Lawrence Technological University

    #1673 institution's historical influence
    #1026 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    Southfield, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MEM in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
    MCEM in Construction Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 18 months
    • Format: Online
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  24. #24

    Oakland University

    #1051 institution's historical influence
    #587 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    16K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    Rochester Hills, MI

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    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 35-36
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  25. #25

    Lamar University

    #1309 institution's historical influence
    #749 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/20

    Beaumont, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Engineering Management
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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