ME in Engineering Management

University of Colorado Boulder - Graduate Distance Education

Online Boulder, CO Public Regional Accreditation

Program at a Glance

Engineering Related Engineering/Industrial Management Management Science
Yes 100% online
$835 Per credit hour for tuition
30 credit hours required for graduation
total estimated cost
Yes transfer credits accepted
100% flexible class times
weeks average course length
No minimum
min. completion time


Online Master of Engineering in engineering management at the University of Colorado Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB), the flagship campus of the University of Colorado system, is globally recognized for its world-class research and a faculty that includes multiple Nobel Prize laureates. An innovator and leader in the distance education field for more than 45 years, CU Boulder connects students to its campus from anywhere in the world anytime through its distance education delivery platform.

The distance education platform gives students access to a variety of graduate programs, including master's degrees, certificates, and individual courses, allowing CU Boulder online distance education students to earn the same degrees and have the same resources as on-campus students. The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program (EMP) at CU Boulder is one of seven online graduate degree available to working professionals.

Master of Engineering (ME) in Engineering Management program overview

The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program (EMP) at UCB offers flexible distance education programs developed for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals anywhere in the world who want to move into first or second level management. Multiple graduate study options are available, including a Master of Engineering degree, graduate certificates, and dual master's degree options.

The ME in Engineering Management degree program enables students to learn and practice data-driven management, develop leadership capabilities, and apply proven principles for business performance improvement. Core curriculum focuses on the business basics of project management, finance and accounting, quality management, and leadership in engineering settings.

Unlike a traditional MBA program, the ME degree program underscores skills specifically required by leaders in technology-based organizations, where technology converges with policy and regulatory requirements. Graduates are equipped to apply sophisticated leadership strategies and advanced performance measurement and analysis methods to the challenges of global technology-based organizations.

Courses are taught by PhD faculty with executive-level experience in the private sector as part of a curriculum with immediate applicability. Graduates work in management and senior roles across all engineering disciplines including quality assurance, staff systems, IT, systems engineering, software engineering, production management, project management, and database engineering.

Focus areas, certificates, and dual degrees

Distance students can focus in a number of specialty areas while earning the master's degree: Project Management, Leadership, Commercialization, Research Methods, Quality Sciences, and General Engineering Management.

Graduate certificate programs are offered in the following areas of study: Engineering Entrepreneurship, Engineering Management, Leadership & Management, Managing Applied Research in Technology, Performance Excellence in Technology Management, Project Management, Quality Systems for Product & Process Engineering, Six Sigma Statistical Practitioner, and Technology Ventures & Product Management.

Students interested in leadership and management have the option of pursuing a dual master's degree combining the ME in engineering management with a Master of Science (MS) in aerospace engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or telecommunications.

Curriculum overview

The ME in Engineering Management curriculum comprises six core courses: Introduction to Engineering Management; Finance and Accounting for Engineering Managers; Project Management; Quality, Strategy, and Value Creation; Authentic Leadership; and Marketing and Technology Ventures. Electives comprise the following courses: Product Development; New Venture Experience; Applied Business decisions; and Ethical Decision-Making.

Other EMP courses include Leading Others; Lean and Agile Management; Methods for Quality Improvement; Advanced Topics in Value Creation; Fundamentals of Systems Engineering; Advances Statistical Methods for Engineering Research; Engineering Analysis; Software Project Management; Advanced Topics in Quality Improvement; Data Mining and Screening Experiments for Engineering Research; and Research Methods.

Students must complete a total of 30 credit hours and the degree requirements finished within six years of the date course work began. Typically distance students including working professionals complete the program in three years.

Course delivery

All students have automatic access to online course lectures (streaming or downloading) beginning the first day until the last day of the semester. Recorded lectures are uploaded to the portal within 24 hours after the lecture has been taught on campus. Students have the option to participate live from a distance in the real-time classroom experience and/or view the lectures asynchronously as it fits their schedule.

Library Courses, those that have been recorded in previous semesters are available to take for academic credit with the instructor's approval.

World-Class Faculty

CU Boulder faculty includes five Nobel Laureates (four in physics and one in chemistry), eight MacArthur "Genius Grant" fellows, two US Professors of the Year, and four National Medal of Science winners. CU Boulder faculty members contributed valuable data to the international climate change report that shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

Notable EMP faculty include Alyssa McCluskey, a water resource engineering consultant with a background in global water and food modeling. Her research work has centered on climate change issues and spatial scale in global water and food modeling. Also on the faculty is Dr. Michael Readey, a contributor to more than 40 publications and has also edited two books, holds four patents, and given some 250 presentations around the world in the areas of materials and process technology, emissions catalyst systems, and corporate sustainability. Another faculty member is Dr. Pat Dougherty, who was instrumental in the development and launch of more than 10 satellites varying in size from a suitcase to a small school bus, with individual programs exceeding $1 billion in value.

Financial assistance

CU Boulder offers a variety of financial assistance options for online distance graduate students. These include loans, grants, military and company tuition assistance programs.

Distance Education: Engineering Management

The Lockheed Martin Engineering Management Program at UCB provides advanced education for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals seeking to move into first- or second- level management. Taught by accomplished C-level executives and delivered in real-time classroom experiences, graduates master advanced skills and knowledge in project management, marketing, quality management, finance and accounting.

Available online and on campus, students may take individual courses, pursue a certificate, or earn the ME in Engineering Management degree, which can be combined for a dual degree with a graduate degree in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or telecommunications.

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Prerequisites & Transfer Credits

Minimum GPA

Out of 4.0

Standardized Tests


requiredfor admission

Transfer Credits Accepted?



Services, Schedule, Reputation, Instructors and Student Info

Services Offered

Online Office Hours
Online Chat
Mobile App
Social Discussion Forums
On-Campus Graduation Ceremony
Digital Textbooks
Online Management of Coursework


100% Online Yes
Minimum Completion Time No minimum
Class Times N/A
Average Course Length N/A


  • School Type:
  • School Accreditation:
    Regional Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
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Instructors & Students

  • Instructors:
    Not applicable
  • Students:
    Students worldwide


Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    $835 per credit hour
  • Required for Completion
    30 credit hours
  • Total Estimated Cost

Location & Contact

Student Contact

Kendra Thibeault 303-492 0954
Graduate Distance Education

Head of Distance Learning

Jennifer Schufer Director, Communication Marketing 303-492 2832 Jennifer.Schufer@Colorado.EDU
Graduate Distance Education Boulder CO 80309


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