Master of Science in Engineering Management

http://engineering.jhu.edu/msem/

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) degree program combines advanced course work in highly-specialized technical fields with a professional education in contemporary business, entrepreneurship, and management practices. Graduates of the program will be provided with the educational background to pursue professional management roles in industry.

Facilities

The MSEM program has a dedicated seminar room housed in Whitehead 105. Students are able to study, conduct research and build prototypes within this space.     

Graduate Requirements

Please consult directly with the MSEM program director or MSEM academic advisor to confirm the below requirements; changes may have occurred since this annual publication.

Students in the MSEM program will take ten courses to fulfill degree requirements, with the following guidelines:

  • Five advanced courses in the engineering/technical concentration
  • 3 full-fall semester management courses, a full spring semester MSEM Seminar courses and 6 half- semester courses. 
  • No grade lower than C may be applied to the program
  • Courses must be at the 400-level or higher
  • Departments sponsoring technical concentrations may impose stricter requirements for course work within the concentration
  • Students are additionally required to complete Academic Ethics (EN.500.603), which does not count towards the degree requirements above.

At the discretion of the student’s advisors, an MSEM student may be permitted to double-count up to two JHU courses (one for the technical concentration and one for the management concentration) or apply undergraduate or graduate courses taken at JHU or elsewhere but not applied to a degree, in accordance with conditions in the WSE Policy on Double-Counting Courses.

Advising

MSEM students will receive advising on the engineering/technical concentration from a designated faculty member affiliated with that concentration. MSEM students will be advised regarding the management concentration by members of the Center for Leadership Education faculty.

Faculty

Faculty members teaching the technical concentration courses are listed in their respective engineering departments elsewhere in this catalog. Faculty members teaching the management concentration courses are listed in the Center for Leadership Education section of this catalog.

Management Concentration

The Center for Leadership Education has constructed a five-course program tailored to the needs of future engineering managers. MSEM students will participate in a cohort program, which begins each fall, where all students in an entering class will take the following a suite of management courses together:

EN.662.651Marketing Communication and Strategy (spring)
EN.662.642Management and Leadership (spring)
EN.662.632 Business Law and Intellectual Property
EN.662.650Marketing Communications1.5

 In addition, all MSEM students are required to attend the MSEM Seminar EN.662.811 M.S. in Engineering Management Seminar/EN.662.812 M.S. in Engineering Management (MSEM) Seminar) course while enrolled in the program. This will meet weekly and addresses three important content areas: Innovation and design thinking; personal skills and development especially in the communication arena; and talks with practicing engineering managers. The Engineering Management program reserves the right to change the list of eligible courses at its discretion.

Internship Option

MSEM Course # EN.662.802: Engineering Management Internship Assessment

This course involves the assessment of a student's internship experience via a report and oral presentation. The questions and general format of the report and presentation will be provided by the instructor. The report and presentation will be evaluated by the instructor and both must be approved to obtain credit for this course. One full course counting toward graduation. Smedick  (Summer semester)

Technical Concentrations

In addition to fulfilling the management concentration requirements, MSEM students must complete the requirements for one of fifteen technical concentrations. These are:

  • Biomaterials
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (pending finalized MHEC recognition- please contact Angela Ruddle for more information regarding concentration requirements and status)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications Science
  • Computer Science
  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics and Materials
  • Nano-Biotechnology
  • Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology
  • Operations Research
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Smart Product and Device Design
  • Environmental Systems Analysis, Economics and Public Policy

Biomaterials

(Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science & Engineering)

Prerequisites

  • UG calculus, chemistry, biology, physics and introductory biomaterials course equivalent to EN.510.316 Biomaterials I
Required Courses (3)
EN.510.606Polymer Chemistry & Biology3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
EN.510.621Biomolecular Materials I - Soluble Proteins and Amphiphiles3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Electives (2)

  • Electives should be related to Materials Science and Engineering and must be approved by the DMSE graduate committee
  • See list of pre-approved elective courses or courses off list by petition

List of Pre-approved Electives

EN.510.400Introduction to Ceramics3
EN.510.403Materials Characterization3
EN.510.405Materials Science of Energy Technologies3
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.510.426Biomolecular Materials I - Soluble Proteins and Amphiphiles3
EN.510.428Material Science Laboratory I3
EN.510.429Materials Science Laboratory II3
EN.510.430Biomaterials Lab3
EN.510.456Introduction to Surface Science3
EN.510.604Mechanical Properties of Materials3
EN.510.605Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials3
EN.510.606Polymer Chemistry & Biology3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
EN.510.608Electrochemistry3
EN.510.611Solid State Physics3
EN.510.612Solid State Physics3
EN.510.624X-Ray Scattering, Diffraction and Imaging3
EN.510.657Materials Science of Thin Films3

Courses not on this list can be used at the advisor’s discretion.

Civil Engineering

(Sponsored by the Department of Civil Engineering)

The Civil Engineering concentration for the Master of Science in Engineering Management consists of five courses, with the following guidelines:

Required Courses
EN.560.730Finite Element Methods3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Elective Courses

  • Any two courses from 560.6xx or above, or 565.6xx or above (excluding seminar)

Communications Science

(Sponsored by the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Students may select any combination of 5 courses in communications and related fields from the list below.

EN.520.401Basic Communication3
EN.520.435Digital Signal Processing3
EN.520.447Information Theory3
EN.520.465Digital Communications I3
EN.520.646Wavelets & Filter Banks3
EN.520.651Random Signal Analysis4
EN.520.652Extraction of Signals from Noise3
EN.520.666Information Extraction3
EN.520.735Sensory Information Processing3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Computer Science

(Sponsored by the Department of Computer Science)

Curricular Requirements

  • Any five regular graduate courses approved by the advisor, 400-level or higher, from the Department of Computer Science, not including the senior thesis. Three 1-credit graduate courses may be combined to constitute one regular graduate course.

Fluid Mechanics

(Sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Any five courses in Fluid Mechanics or closely related discipline, at the 400-level or higher, as approved by the Faculty advisor. At least two of the required technical courses must be at the 600-level or higher.

Materials Science & Engineering

(Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science & Engineering)

Prerequisites

  • UG calculus, chemistry and physics; biology is recommended
Required Courses (1)
EN.510.601Structure Of Materials3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Electives (4)

  • See list of pre-approved elective courses or courses off list by petition

Recommended Structure

  • Electives:
List of Pre-approved Electives
EN.510.400Introduction to Ceramics3
EN.510.403Materials Characterization3
EN.510.405Materials Science of Energy Technologies3
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.510.426Biomolecular Materials I - Soluble Proteins and Amphiphiles3
EN.510.428Material Science Laboratory I3
EN.510.429Materials Science Laboratory II3
EN.510.430Biomaterials Lab3
EN.510.456Introduction to Surface Science3
EN.510.604Mechanical Properties of Materials3
EN.510.605Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials3
EN.510.606Polymer Chemistry & Biology3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
EN.510.608Electrochemistry3
EN.510.611Solid State Physics3
EN.510.612Solid State Physics3
EN.510.624X-Ray Scattering, Diffraction and Imaging3
EN.510.657Materials Science of Thin Films3

Alternative selections can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Mechanical Engineering

(Sponsored by the Department of Mechanical Engineering)

Required Courses

Any five courses in Mechanical Engineering or closely related discipline at the 400-level or higher, as approved by the Faculty advisor. At least two of the required technical courses must be at the 600-level or higher.

Alternative selections can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Mechanics and Materials

(Sponsored jointly by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science & Engineering)

Required Courses
EN.510.601Structure Of Materials3
EN.510.604Mechanical Properties of Materials3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Elective Courses

Any two (2) of the following courses, approved by the faculty advisor:

EN.510.403Materials Characterization3
EN.510.428Material Science Laboratory I3
EN.530.405Mechanics of Advanced Engineering Structures3
EN.530.414Computer-Aided Design3
EN.530.418Aerospace Structures & Materials3
EN.510.602Thermodynamics Of Materials3
EN.510.603Phase Transformations of Materials3
EN.530.612Computational Solid Mechanics3

Alternative selections can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Nano-Biotechnology

(Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science & Engineering)

Prerequisites

  • UG calculus, chemistry, biology, physics and introductory biomaterials course equivalent to EN.510.316
Required Courses (3)
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications (PR: EN.510.316 or permission)3
EN.670.619Fundamental Physics and Chemistry of Nanomaterials3

 Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Electives (2)

  • Electives should be related to Materials Science and Engineering and must be approved by the DMSE graduate committee
  • See list of pre-approved elective courses or courses off list by petition

Recommended Structure

FallCreditsSpringCredits
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials Devices3EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
Electives: suggest one Electives: suggest one 
  3  3
Total Credits: 6

List of Pre-approved Electives

EN.510.400Introduction to Ceramics3
EN.510.403Materials Characterization3
EN.510.405Materials Science of Energy Technologies3
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.510.426Biomolecular Materials I - Soluble Proteins and Amphiphiles3
EN.510.428Material Science Laboratory I3
EN.510.429Materials Science Laboratory II3
EN.510.430Biomaterials Lab3
EN.510.456Introduction to Surface Science3
EN.510.604Mechanical Properties of Materials3
EN.510.605Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials3
EN.510.606Polymer Chemistry & Biology3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
EN.510.608Electrochemistry3
EN.510.611Solid State Physics3
EN.510.612Solid State Physics3
EN.510.624X-Ray Scattering, Diffraction and Imaging3
EN.510.657Materials Science of Thin Films3

Alternative selections can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology

(Sponsored by the Department of Materials Science & Engineering)

Prerequisites

  • UG calculus, chemistry, and physics
Required Courses (2)
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.670.619Fundamental Physics and Chemistry of Nanomaterials3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Electives (3)

  • Electives should be related to Materials Science and Engineering and must be approved by the DMSE graduate committee
  • See list of pre-approved elective courses or courses off list by petition

Recommended Structure

FallCreditsSpringCredits
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials Devices (Required)3Required: none 
EN.670.619Fundamental Physics and Chemistry of Nanomaterials3Electives in Spring: suggest two 
See list of pre-approved elective courses or courses off list by petition  
  6  0
Total Credits: 6

List of Pre-approved Electives

EN.510.400Introduction to Ceramics3
EN.510.403Materials Characterization3
EN.510.405Materials Science of Energy Technologies3
EN.510.422Micro and Nano Structured Materials & Devices3
EN.510.426Biomolecular Materials I - Soluble Proteins and Amphiphiles3
EN.510.428Material Science Laboratory I3
EN.510.429Materials Science Laboratory II3
EN.510.430Biomaterials Lab3
EN.510.456Introduction to Surface Science3
EN.510.604Mechanical Properties of Materials3
EN.510.605Electrical, Optical and Magnetic Properties of Materials3
EN.510.606Polymer Chemistry & Biology3
EN.510.607Biomaterials II: Host response and biomaterials applications3
EN.510.608Electrochemistry3
EN.510.611Solid State Physics3
EN.510.612Solid State Physics3
EN.510.624X-Ray Scattering, Diffraction and Imaging3
EN.510.657Materials Science of Thin Films3

Operations Research

(Sponsored by the Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics)

Prerequisites

Calculus-based background in Probability and Statistics. Students wishing to strengthen their background in this area may enroll in EN.553.420 Introduction to Probability and/or EN.553.430 Introduction to Statistics, but these courses may not be used in fulfillment of this concentration’s requirements.

Required Courses (3)
EN.570.495Optimization Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design3
or EN.553.761 Nonlinear Optimization I
EN.570.497Risk and Decision Analysis3
EN.553.400Mathematical Modeling and Consulting4

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion

Elective Courses (2)

Any two courses from the following list, or a substitution as approved by the student’s concentration advisor. As course offerings vary over time, an updated list of acceptable courses will be maintained on the MSEM program website.

EN.570.493Economic Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design3
EN.570.496Urban and Environmental Systems3
EN.553.426Introduction to Stochastic Processes4
EN.553.427Stochastic Processes and Applications to Finance4
EN.553.433Monte Carlo Methods3
EN.553.463Network Models in Operations Research4
EN.553.762Nonlinear Optimization II3

Alternative selections can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Probability and Statistics

(Sponsored by the Department of Applied Mathematics & Statistics)

Admissions Requirements

  • One upper-division undergraduate course in probability (equivalent to EN.553.420 Introduction to Probability)
  • One upper-division undergraduate course in mathematical statistics (equivalent to EN.553.430 Introduction to Statistics)

Curricular Requirements

Any five (5) of the following courses, approved by the faculty advisor:

EN.553.413Applied Statistics and Data Analysis4
EN.553.426Introduction to Stochastic Processes4
EN.553.433Monte Carlo Methods3
EN.553.436Data Mining4
EN.553.439Time Series Analysis3
EN.553.720Probability Theory I4
EN.553.730Statistical Theory4
EN.553.731Statistical Theory II3

Additional Requirements

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in courses used to meet the program’s technical requirements. At most two course grades of C or C+ are allowed to be used, and the rest of the course grades must be B- or better.
  • Students must satisfy the department’s graduate student computing requirement.
  • With advisor’s approval, one non-departmental course containing appropriate mathematical or statistical content can be counted to satisfy the five course requirement.

Smart Product and Device Design

(Sponsored jointly by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Required Courses
EN.530.646Robot Devices, Kinematics, Dynamics, and Control4
EN.530.414Computer-Aided Design3
EN.520.491CAD Design of Digital VLSI Systems I (Juniors/Seniors)3
EN.530.421Mechatronics3
EN.520.448Electronics Design Lab3

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Elective Courses

Any two (2) courses approved by the faculty advisor.

Environmental Systems Analysis, Economics and Public Policy

(Sponsored by the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering)

Required Courses (3)

At least one course from each of the three following groups:

  • Economics (with calculus)—acceptable courses include EN.570.493 Economic Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design or equivalent. (This requirement may be waived if the student has already had an intermediate microeconomics course accepted by their advisor)
  • Mathematics of Decision Making—acceptable courses include EN.570.495 Optimization Foundations for Environmental Engineering and Policy Design and EN.570.497 Risk and Decision Analysis
  • PolicyEN.570.607 Energy Policy and Planning Models

Substitutions for required courses can be made at the advisor’s discretion.

Elective Courses (2)

Any of the courses listed in the Mandatory list (see Part A above)

EN.570.496Urban and Environmental Systems3.0
EN.570.618Multiobjective Programming and Planning3.0
EN.570.676Stochastic Programming3.0

Other courses in environmental economics, systems, or policy, as approved by the advisor.

Additional Notes

  • All courses must be approved by the student’s advisor.
  • All course must be at the 400-level or above.
  • Students with a background in quantitatively rigorous economics sufficient for the economics requirement to be waived must still take five (5) courses in this area of concentration. 
  • No more than one course in environmental engineering may be used to fulfill the area of concentration and only with careful consultation with the student’s advisor. Candidate courses in environmental engineering include:
  • EN.570.446 Biological Process of Wastewater Treatment, EN.570.490 Solid Waste Engineering and Management,EN.570.491 Hazardous Waste Engineering and Management, EN.570.647 Hydrologic Transport in the Environment, EN.570.657 Air Pollution, etc.
  • No more than one C may be used toward the degree in this concentration.

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Faculty

Program Directors

Pamela Sheff
Director of the Master of Science in Engineering Management Program & Senior Lecturer: business and technical communication, marketing, public relations, science and scientific writing, oral presentations, entrepreneurship.

Senior Lecturer

Robert Graham

Annette Leps
Senior Lecturer: accounting, finance, management.

Julie Reiser

Eric Rice

William Smedick