Master of Professional Studies in Engineering Management

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Engineering Management degree program is a graduate professional degree program that integrates engineering with business and management principles. The program will provide engineers with business and management perspectives and enhance their capabilities in the management of major projects, business initiatives, policies and other activities in both the public and private sectors. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of technology strategy, intellectual properties management, and offers an environment for personal and professional networking that could hold significant future dividend.

The degree is offered at Penn State Harrisburg as a partnership between the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and the School of Business Administration which is accredited at the undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Degree Conferred: M.P.S.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
Education Applicants should have undergraduate degrees in engineering or technology from an accredited university and are expected to have completed undergraduate course work in calculus and economics.
Supporting Materials

Admission into this program will be granted only to candidates who demonstrate high potential for success in graduate studies. Students demonstrating high potential but failing to meet the minimum GMAT score requirements may be considered on the basis of professional accomplishments and other criteria that may predict success in the program.

Application Deadline

This program has rolling admission, that is, no specific deadline. Note that it may take 4-6 weeks to receive transcripts and process an application.

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

Degree Requirements

All graduate students in Engineering Management are required to adhere to the requirements of the Graduate School, as found in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin. The requirements of the Graduate School, however, are minimum requirements and the policies, procedures, and regulations listed below are additional and more specific for graduate students pursuing the MPS in Engineering Management degree. Advisers will call pertinent regulations to the attention of their advisees, but it should be understood that it is the student’s personal responsibility to see that all requirements are satisfied.

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Engineering Management is a 34-credit graduate program that integrates engineering with business and management principles. The multi-disciplinary, broadly based MPS program will provide engineers with business and management perspectives to enhance capability in management of large projects.

All MPS students will be required to take eight core courses (21 credits) focusing on economic analysis, communication and teamwork, management processes, corporate finance, energy and the environment, and engineering analysis.

The curriculum requires the completion of two free electives (6 credits) in any of the engineering disciplines, and a culminating experience through a three-course sequence (7 credits) on strategic management of new ventures and innovations. Of the 34 credits required for the degree, 31 credits must be earned in 500-level graduate courses.

Courses

Prescribed Courses  (21.0 credits)

  • ENGMT 597A  ENGINEERING FOR ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT  (3)
  • SYSEN 505  TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGEMENT  (3)
  • E MCH 524A  MATHEMATICAL METHODS IN ENGINEERING  (3)
  • BUS 500  NEGOTIATION, COMMUNICATION, AND TEAMWORK  (2)
  • MNGMT 511  ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR  (2)
  • MRKT 513  MARKETING MANAGEMENT: STRUCTURES AND PROCESSES (2)
  • ACCT 501  FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS  (3)
  • FINAN 521  CORPORATE FINANCE  (3)

Supporting Courses  (6.0 credits)

  • 500-LEVEL ELECTIVE FROM THE ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES  (3)
  • 400- OR 500-LEVEL ELECTIVE FROM THE ENGINEERING DISCIPLINES  (3)

Capstone Course Group  (7.0 credits)

  • BUS 588  STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT  (2)
  • BUS 589  STRATEGIC VENTURE PLANNING & INNOVATION  (2)
  • MFGSE 550  DESIGN FOR MANUFACTURABILITY I  (3)

TOTAL CREDITS = 34.0

MRKT 513:  Course prerequisite BUSEC 502 is waived for students with undergraduate coursework in economics.

ENGMT 597A must be taken in the first or second semester of study and is a prerequisite for all other courses in the program.

BUS 588, BUS 589 (Strategic Management) and MFGSE 550 are the capstone experience course group for the MPS program; they must be taken in the last two semesters of study after the majority of the program coursework is completed.

Course Numbering

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


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