Engineering Management – Master’s


The Engineering Management Program focuses on developing an individual’s engineering, science and management skills so they can succeed in a technology driven environment. There is a growing need for engineers that can build multi-disciplinary design teams, then lead those teams to solve technical and business challenges. The Iowa State University Master of Engineering in Engineering Management Program is designed to train leaders who can meet both the technical and managerial challenges in developing modern complex engineered systems. The program can be completed on line or in residence, part-time or full-time.

ISU’s Engineering Management graduate degree is often the best option for BS degreed engineers looking to get an MBA. While 5 of the ten courses in our program are selected from the MBA program at ISU’s world renowned business college, the remaining 5 courses in our coursework only masters degree are chosen from our Systems Engineering program. These are courses that cover topics in IT systems, Project Management, System Requirements, Operations, and Architecture definition, Quality and Ergonomics. These are courses more effectively targeted to the skills and background of engineers working within highly technical fields.

The Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department at Iowa State University strives to provide an outstanding educational experience for our students. We recognize the importance of “real world” experience, and most of our faculty have extensive work experience external to the university. Additionally, we solicit thoughts and inputs from successful personnel who are not working at ISU, but are (or have been) working in industry and are committed to improving IMSE student education.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, the applicant should have a bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field from a college, university, or technical school of recognized standing. Non-engineering backgrounds will be considered on a case-by-case basis. High academic achievement or other persuasive evidence of professional accomplishments is expected for admission to the program. The GRE is not required.

Applicants for admission to the Engineering Management Program apply through Iowa State University’s Office of Admissions.

Each applicant must submit:

  • Application and application fee
  • Official academic transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

Applications must be submitted by July 15 for fall admission, November 15 for spring admission, or April 15 for summer admission.  International applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.  Individuals may also take up to 9 credits at Iowa State as a non-degree seeking student, and then transfer them to the program when they are admitted.

The Master of Engineering in Engineering Management Program at Iowa State University is focused on supporting working professionals so teaching or research assistantships typically are not available.

If you are an international student interested in an MEng in Engineering Management curriculum that includes Curricular Practical Training (CPT), please see our MEng EM plan for international students.


The Engineering Management Masters program is a 30-credit program which can be completed in as little as two years.

Contact Information

Gary Mirka
Director of Graduate Education

Jess Severe

Program Assistant

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