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Engineering   Management     

College of Business Administration and Public Policy                                                    

Department of Business Administration

Master of Science


Program Directors

Mihir K. Das, Associate Dean for Instruction, CSULB College of Engineering

Kenneth Poertner, Director of Graduate Programs, CSUDH, College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Department Office:  SBS A-326, (310) 243-3448 or 243-3045,FAX (310) 516-3446


Program Description

The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is a special Master's degree program offered jointly by the College of Engineering at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH).  The MSEM degree program is offered entirely over the Internet.

The MSEM is an interdisciplinary degree designed to integrate the development of management and engineering skills focusing on problem solving in the synthesis of technical, financial, and organizational requirements for engineering projects in a rapidly changing environment.  The College of Engineering at CSULB has the primary responsibility for the engineering component of the program, and similarly, the College of Business Administration and Public Policy at CSUDH has the primary responsibility for the business and management component of the program.

 Degree Designation

The degree is designated as the Master of Science in Engineering Management and is to be granted in the name of the two institutions in accordance with an agreement between both campuses of the California State University system.  The diploma indicates the dual nature of the degree and specifies that it is to be granted only when requirements in both subject areas, as specified by the collaborating institutions, have been satisfied.

Program Supervision

Overall program supervision is the joint responsibility of the Associate Dean for Instruction, CSULB College of Engineering and the Director of Graduate Programs, CSUDH College of Business Administration and Public Policy.  The faculty guidance committees in both campuses will monitor the curriculum changes as needed.  Students must be admitted to both institutions jointly.

Admissions Requirements

1.   A bachelor's degree in an ABET accredited curriculum in engineering with a minimum GPA of 2.5, or a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 in engineering, mathematics, a natural science or other discipline that fulfills the essential undergraduate prerequisites in engineering.  Foreign students must meet equivalent standard.

2.   A minimum of two (2) years of professional engineering experience and demonstration of sufficient background to perform graduate study in business.

3.   The general Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required.  A minimum score of 450 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) may be substituted for this requirement.

4.   Applicants whose first or native language is not English are required to have a minimum score of 550 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  However, this requirement is waived for students with a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited U.S. university.

5.   An examination of writing proficiency, as required by the CSU campuses involved, or its equivalent must be passed during the first session of enrollment unless taken and passed previously.  Courses taken after the first session without having met this writing requirement may not be counted toward the degree.

Advancement to Candidacy

1.   Students must remove an deficiencies determined by the Program Graduate Advisor.

2.   At the discretion of the Program Graduate Advisor, students may be required to take examinations in their chosen areas.

3.   Students must have attained an overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.


Master of Science in Engineering Management

Degree Requirements (30 units)


The MSEM program requires the completion of 33 semester units of coursework (required courses + capstone project) and any preparatory prerequisite coursework as indicated below:


A.  Prerequisite Coursework

1.   CSULB

CE 406.           Engineering Economy and Administration (3)


2.   CSUDH

BUS 495.        Financial Accounting/Business Finance (2)

BUS 495.        Marketing Principles/Economics of the Firm (2)

B. Required Courses (30 units)

1.   CSULB (15 units)

ENGR 591.     Engineers to Managers - A Transition (3)

CE 570.           Engineering Management - Principles and Practices (3)

ME 506.          Engineering Management and Policy (3)

ME 507.          Engineering Project Management (3)

ME 511.          Advanced Manufacturing Management Systems (3)

2.   CSUDH (15 units)

ACC 502.       Advanced Topics in Accounting (3)

FIN 500.         Advanced Topics in Finance (3)

MGT 500.       Human Behavior in Organizations (3)

MGT 595.       Special Topics in Management:  Team Management and Leadership (3)

MKT 500.      Strategic Marketing:  Cases and Current Issues (3)

C. Capstone Integrative Coursework (3 units)


ENGR 596.     Special Projects in Engineering Management (3)


1.   The prerequisite coursework may be waived for students who have successfully completed courses in the disciplines indicated.

2.   Students are strongly advised to read and be familiar with the campus regulations described under "Graduate Programs" elsewhere in this Catalog.