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 will 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 will emphasize a systems-oriented, multidisciplinary approach to solving complex problems. The managerial and professional coursework will develop essential business acumen, an ability to think strategically, and a commitment to professional work habits that are the hallmark of excellence in engineering. Graduates will be well prepared for leadership roles and professional growth to serve their organizations, their communities, and contribute to the UAB mission of having an economic impact in the region.

While the focus is employment, graduates will 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

Prerequisites for Admission

Applicants to the proposed program are expected to have 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 (2) 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 equivalant 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


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.  To see the curriculum and industry segment tracks, click here.  

Q&A with MSEM Program Director Donny Burke

Have questions about the MSEM degree? Find your answers here.

Career Paths and Job Opportunities

Graduates will be well prepared for positions as engineers, project managers, program managers, product managers, consultants, technical sales representatives, technical sales support specialists, and engineering managers. They will have 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 or by calling (205) 934-8480.

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