""The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is a joint degree between the School of Engineering and the Collat School of Business.

The MSEM program is designed to 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 emphasizes a systems-oriented, multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems. The managerial and professional coursework helps develop business acumen, strategic thinking, and professional work habits that are the hallmark of excellence in engineering.

The program is intended for recent graduates without industry experience. Classes are held on-campus only.

Program Goals

We want our students:

  • to be well prepared for leadership roles
  • to have opportunities for professional growth to serve their organizations and their communities, and
  • to contribute to the UAB mission of having an economic impact in the region.

Graduates should also be prepared to pursue advanced degrees in management, engineering management, interdisciplinary engineering Ph.D. programs, and other similar programs.


MSEM offers the following concentrations:

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

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to the proposed program are expected to have/be 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.

Admissions Requirements

The following are the admissions requirements:

  • Resume/CV
  • Standard personal statement
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Interview with the committee or a committee member

The GRE test score is not required for this program. Summer coursework is available, but is not required.

International Students

International applicants require TOEFL and IELTS. International students must have TOEFL (or equivalent with a score of 20 or above on each subsection and an 80 or above overall. International students must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

Other requirements include a financial affidavit of support and immigration documentation (if currently residing in the United States).

Application Process

Students are admitted for all terms. You can apply to the program through the UAB Graduate School application. Visit the UAB Graduate School website for more information about the application process.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 1

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Q&A with MSEM Program Director Donny Burke

Have questions about the MSEM degree? Learn more about the program.


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 choose from specific industry segments or technical fields through specific concentrations.  Learn more about the curriculum and industry segment tracks.

Career Paths and Job Opportunities

The MSEM program helps prepare graduates for positions as engineers, project managers, program managers, product managers, consultants, technical sales representatives, technical sales support specialists, and engineering managers.

The courses and training are designed to build 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.

Connect with Us

If you are interested in learning more about the MSEM program, please contact us by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (205) 934-8480.

Donny Burke, Ph.D., MSEM Director
Maria Whitmire, MEng, MSEM Program Manager