School of Engineering Innovation Center

Management Science (M.S.)

Ready to transition to a leadership or management position? Our program will enhance your technical expertise while developing your management skills.

You don't have to interrupt your career to earn a master's degree in engineering management or management science. Courses, conducted live over the Internet, are available to engineers throughout the world and are offered year round.

Most courses are simulcast and recorded for students' future reference. Courses are typically offered at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. These classes are 1 hour, 15 minutes long and meet twice a week.

Our flexible offering enables you to continue to move ahead professionally and complete your degree in two years.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the engineering management and management science programs should submit the following information in addition to the online application:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Additional Information
Graduate assistantships are available; however, restrictions may apply to international students. Some of the graduate assistantships are at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and require citizenship or permanent residency. Please contact individual programs for details.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Click the "Review Degree Requirements" link and select your area of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the engineering management and management science degree programs?
The engineering management program prepares engineers to plan, design, optimize and direct complex programs, processes and systems. The management science program is similar but is designed for a broader professional audience, and focuses on the concepts and methods of quantitatively-based problem solving and decision making. The two programs share a systems perspective. Both programs are rooted in the concepts and methods of operations research, applied statistics, optimization and simulation.

The programs differ primarily in their admission requirements. Admission into the engineering management requires a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited engineering (but not engineering technology) program. The management science degree program requires a Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited college or university with at least nine semester hours of calculus.

What can I do with a degree in engineering management or management science?
Our graduates are experts in the concepts and use of quantitative methodologies for solving problems and making decisions in complex engineering systems. We offer practicing engineers and other professionals the analytical tools they need to plan, design, optimize and direct complex programs, processes, and systems – and manage the teams that make them work. UD graduates demonstrate the ability to quantify, model and simulate any situation to make the tough decisions required of engineering leaders. Our program provides the rigorous educational foundation that underlies current management initiatives in the business community, including those known as Six Sigma quality, robust engineering or lean manufacturing.

What are the basic program requirements?
Both programs require the completion of 36 semester hours (12 courses). Both require foundational courses in operations research, computer simulation and a capstone project. If a student’s previous course work does not include at least a two-semester foundation in calculus-based probability and statistics, our probability and statistics sequence is also required. The engineering management program also requires students to take foundational courses in engineering management and organizational systems. The management science program requires two additional management science courses to complete the core program requirements. Both programs provide students the opportunity to take at least 12 hours of elective courses that form the basis for their area of concentration.

What are some typical areas of concentration?
By carefully choosing electives, students can earn certificates in Six Sigma and systems engineering. Students can also develop areas of concentration that relate to modern business and government initiatives in innovation and continuous improvement, reliability engineering, simulation modeling and analysis, production and manufacturing, project and program management and organizational behavior.

Will I need to complete a thesis or project?
Both programs require a capstone project that demonstrates the student’s ability to translate course work to a real-world application. Students in our engineering management program are required to complete an engineering case study while students in the management science program must complete an operations research project. In both programs, the objective is to provide the student an opportunity to apply what has been learned toward the solution of a significant engineering or business problem. There is no thesis requirement for either program, but students who are interested in continuing their education at the doctoral level are encouraged to complete a thesis in lieu of a capstone project.