IEM — Information Engineering Management

IEM faculty talking with IEM student in the School of Engineering building.

Why IEM?

As a technology professional, you have likely seen and felt the unique challenges tech experts encounter as we try to grow into leadership. 

  • Our tech skills are in high demand, so we are often given more tech work and less leadership experience.
  • We are often left out of the decision-making where management, marketing, finance, and production come together to deliver the product. 

Technology professionals are the new blue-collar. 

So how do you breakthrough to become more than just an engineer, developer, or project manager? 

Learn how to translate your technical skills into the language of the company leadership. This is not just about learning new skills and walking away from what you know; it is about translation – showing how what you do adds value to the company’s bottom line.

In IEM, we help technology professionals turn their technology expertise into leadership skills, so they grow in their company, find new opportunities in other companies, or start something of their own. Your undergraduate degree need not be from engineering – we will focus more on your technology experience as entrance requirements. 

IEM is a 5-semester (20 months) online engineering management program designed for working professionals. Classes meet in the evenings, are recorded in case you have to miss, and are interactive with others so that you grow your professional network – a key ingredient to professional growth. 

Develop skills in leadership and communication while rounding out those other high-demand skills such as project management, systems engineering, data analytics and management, corporate finance, and entrepreneurial thinking. 

Unlike other executive programs charging $50,000 to $100,000, IEM can be completed for around $30,000. 

A Curriculum Designed for You

Our curriculum is designed with one goal in mind: to help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to advance your work. Our classes are designed with flexibility, so you can complete the degree while juggling career and family.

We work with current, sitting CEOs at major corporations to develop our course content around what they, as hiring professionals, want to see in their potential employees. We didn't just guess at what was relevant, we asked the people who are the reason most professionals look to get a degree in the first place exactly what was needed, then built classes to teach those things. We regularly meet with these CEOs to make sure what we are teaching stays current, and many globally based CEOs from multiple countries serve on our advisory board to make sure that the degree you earn from UAB is one that will pay you back. We have major corporations tell us that if they see a UAB Engineering Management Masters Degree on a resume submission, they pay attention.

"Even before I joined IEM, the leadership helped me define and move into my dream job as a Disney engineer. Then being part of the program even helped me grow in the position with Disney as I took on new leadership roles and high visibility projects. But perhaps more importantly, IEM has helped inspire me (and even my wife) to pursue my entrepreneurial talents."

Trent Lesley

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Taught by Real World Industry Leaders

Each of our faculty members are real world industry leaders. Our faculty has worked in the same environments and with the same bureaucracy and kinds of people that you deal with at work. We know how to help you move forward, because we have walked these same paths as you.

Ready to Learn More?

Explore the site to learn about our curriculum, faculty, and our alumni success stories. If you have any questions, contact us – we’re happy to answer your questions and hope to see you studying with us soon.

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