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Engineering Management

Contact: Isenberg School Undergraduate Office
Carol Barr, Associate Dean
Office: 206 SOM Building
Phone: (413) 545-5610

The Field

The nature of engineering careers is changing, and engineers are increasingly called on to exercise their technical expertise in a context that requires a global view of engineering within the business life-cycle. Employers look for engineers who are business savvy and understand their role in the larger organizational structure.

The Minor

The minor in Engineering Management, offered by the Isenberg School of Management, is available to students with a major in the College of Engineering. It offers engineers training in business and management tools, which will help them evaluate the impact of engineering decisions on an entire enterprise. Students acquire basic skills in decision making, finance, management, and marketing.

Students interested in pursuing the minor should consult with an adviser in the Isenberg School Undergraduate Office in their sophomore year, as careful planning will be required to incorporate appropriate courses into the curriculum, and space in courses may not be available to those who have not indicated their intent to pursue the minor.


The minor requires at least 15 credits of course work in addition to the courses completed for the student’s engineering major. The curriculum is divided into two parts: foundation courses and integrative experience.

In addition, it is recommended (but not required) that students complete other specified courses to strengthen their understanding of the link between management and engineering. The opportunity also exists for students in the minor to pursue upper-level electives in business in consultation with the program adviser.

Foundation Courses (12 credits)
ACCOUNTG 221 Introduction to Accounting I
FINOPMGT 301 Corporate Finance
MANAGMNT 301 Principles of Management
MARKETNG 301 Fundamentals of Marketing

Integrative Experience (3 credits)
SCH-MGMT/ENGIN 597 OR 797 Technology Management Seminar

The integrative capstone experience covers innovation, entrepreneurship, intellectual property, finance, business planning, and strategy. All foundation courses must be completed before the integrative experience.

Recommended Courses
Although the following courses are not required, any or all will help broaden the student’s understanding of the link between engineering and management. These courses may be incorporated into a student’s planned General Education or major courses.

ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
CE-ENGIN 270 Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
M&I-ENG 353 Engineering Economic Decision Making
SCH-MGMT/ENGIN 593 Design of Experiments

Business Electives
Students wishing to take additional courses in business should consult with the program adviser. Additional coursework is encouraged to provide depth and focus beyond the basic fundamentals of business covered in the foundation courses.