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Engineering Management, The Body Of Knowledge As Defined By Coursework

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

End Date

June 27, 2007



Conference Session

EMD Curriculum Design

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Engineering Management

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12.647.1 - 12.647.8



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William Peterson Arizona State University

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Dr. Bill Peterson is on the faculty of the Department of Technology Management at Arizona State University where he teaches Strategic Management, Project Management, and Financial Management. He is a past-chair of the Engineering Management Division of ASEE; a past-president of ASEM; a past-president and founding member of Epsilon Mu Eta, The Engineering Management Honor Society; and president-elect of SEMS (IIE). His research interests are the justification and introduction of new technologies as well as engineering and technology management education. Prior to returning to school for his doctorate he spent 20 years in engineering, engineering management, and general management in a wide range of industries.

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Jane Humble Arizona State University

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Engineering Management, the Body of Knowledge as Defined by Coursework


This paper looks at what is typically involved in the EM master’s degree as offered by the larger programs. The schools used in this analysis were selected based on their reported enrollments. The degree requirements are based on the information posted on the academic programs’ websites. This paper attempts to quantify the body of knowledge for the discipline based on what is taught by these programs.


Inspired in large part by the success of the Project Management Institute’s certification program for project managers, several bodies are now offering exam-based certification for engineering managers. The prominent two are: Engineering Management Certification International (in association with ASME, ASCE, AIMMPE, and AIChE) and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (in association with IIE). Both have developed a body of knowledge1, 2 on which to base their examinations for certification. Academically, The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) has established standards for accreditation of engineering management programs (at both the bachelor’s and master’s level) which imply a certain body of knowledge.4 Of the many master’s programs in engineering management, only one (at the Air Force institute of Technology) 6 is ABET accredited. Additionally, The American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) certifies EM masters programs due to a limitation on ABET accreditation to only one level and the accreditation need at the bachelor’s level. The ASEM certification standard implies a certain body of knowledge5. ASEM lists three programs at two schools as accredited7.

This paper ask the question: “What is the body of knowledge incorporated into engineering management as taught by the larger engineering management programs at the master’s level?” The master’s degree was selected as the predominant degree in engineering management since 75% of the students in EM programs are in master’s degree programs (18% at the bachelor’s degree level and 8% at the doctor’s level) according to enrollment numbers for 2004 reported by the Engineering Workforce Commission3.


To answer this question the following steps were used: 1. The larger engineering management master’s degree programs were selected as the sample. Since the Engineering Workforce Commission of the American Association of Engineering Societies complies and publishes this data annually, the most recent version available at the time this research was started was used – Fall 2004 data published in 2005. The enrollment numbers were 5693 in engineering management programs with

Peterson, W., & Humble, J. (2007, June), Engineering Management, The Body Of Knowledge As Defined By Coursework Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1928

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