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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.


MSEM Core Classes (6 courses/18 hours)

  • MBA 601 - Accounting and Finance for Managers
  • MBA 651 - Marketing Strategy
  • MBA 681 - From Idea to IPO OR MBA 683 - Leading Innovation
  • MSEM 640 - Systems Engineering
  • MSEM 650 - Technical Project Management
  • MSEM 660 - Professional Development for Engineers

Capstone Activity (1 course/3 hours)

MSEM 695 Engineering Management Design Project OR MSEM 696 Engineering Management Internship


MSEM students will choose 4 elective engineering courses (12 hours) with the help of a departmental advisor. Students must select the engineering courses (Biomedical, Civil, Electrical and Computer, Materials, Mechanical, Engineering) that most closely align with the area of specialization they desire and may be assigned a concentration advisor. This assures students will be taking courses that are offered on a timely basis and have a meaningful impact on their education.

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.

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.

Dale Callahan, Ph.D., MSEM Director
Maria Whitmire, MEng, MSEM Program Manager