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Engineering Management Program Re Evaluation

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

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June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Assessment in EM Education

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7.489.1 - 7.489.9

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Terry Collins

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Alisha Youngblood

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Engineering Management Program Re-evaluation

Terry R. Collins, Alisha D. Youngblood Department of Industrial Engineering University of Arkansas


The University of Arkansas is in the process of re-evaluating the content, structure, and focus of the Master of Science in Engineering Management program offered within the Industrial Engineering department. An evaluation of 17 prominent Engineering Management programs is conducted to identify consistencies in core courses, degree hour requirements, program course content, and availability of degree program to off-campus students. In addition to the benchmarking study of Engineering Management programs at other universities, a market survey is in development to determine the potential student population size and student diversity.


The Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas is currently striving to redesign its Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program. This degree program will be integrated into the existing MSOM (Operations Management) program and will be offered both on campus and as part of the College of Engineering’s Distance Education program. It will target those individuals who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in any discipline of engineering. The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a benchmarking study conducted on other MSEM programs in a variety of universities, do comparisons to identify trends and specialties, and design a MSEM program that meets the needs of a targeted group of engineers.

The first section of this paper examines the process of evaluating other programs already offering a Master of Science in Engineering Management degree. Of interest in these programs are the admission requirements, graduation requirements, and courses offered. Also of interest will be any core course requirements, as well as if a thesis is required, optional, or not available. The programs evaluated include a mix of those offering distance education and others not. Most are in the Southeast region of the United States, and are of similar size as the University of Arkansas.

After these programs are reviewed, the next portion of the paper offers a comparison that looks for common threads in the various programs. This will be compared to the existing MSOM

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Collins, T., & Youngblood, A. (2002, June), Engineering Management Program Re Evaluation Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada.

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