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Equip Yourself to Become an Engineering CEO or Company Leader

The January 31, 2012, edition of the Wall Street Journal included an article with an intriguing title: “Move over MBAs, Here Come the Engineers!” Not only is the demand for engineers “voracious,” the article reported, but engineers increasingly are the go-to leaders chosen to head companies. The Journal recounted that in a recently published study 3,337 company founders and CEOs across all industries held advanced degrees in engineering. By comparison, only 1,016 company founders and CEOs had advanced business degrees. This vital information provides a brilliant opportunity and also a pressing issue for engineers. How do they add the required business skills and management acumen to become company leaders? One perfect answer is the UMass Amherst Master of Science in Engineering Management Program.

Through this program, engineering graduates and professional engineers can acquire the fundamental theory, management skills, and practical ideas needed to pursue engineering leadership positions across numerous industries. Check out the program website:

Participants graduate ready to lead engineering and interdisciplinary teams, analyze the wealth of information (big data) pervasive in most industries, manage risk, make better decisions, design better products, and develop more effective processes. This flexible, competitively priced program, encompassing a total of 10 courses, can be taken completely online, or students can elect to take some of their classes on the UMass Amherst campus and take advantage of an even wider selection of elective courses.These alternatives allow participants to take advantage of both learning environments.

Engineers from numerous companies have earned their M.S. in Engineering Management from UMass Amherst, including: ALCOA, AT&T, Boeing Defense & Space Group, Digital Equipment Corporation, Honeywell, IBM, Intel, Kimberly Clark, MITRE, Motorola, Raytheon, Siemens Medical Instruments, Texas Instruments, and Whirlpool. 

Online and on-campus classes offered as part of the Master of Science in Engineering Management program are taught by faculty from the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and the internationally acclaimed Isenberg School of Management, all of whom are researchers and leaders in their field. The program is thus well suited to engineers from all disciplines as well as business graduates with engineering/analytical inclinations.

 “The instructors were the highest quality academics and the program provided all the learning resources and student support necessary for a complete educational experience,” said program participant Mark A. Urbanek P.E., Technical Manager at GDAIS. “I would recommend the UMass Engineering Management Program to anyone.”

The program emphasizes the use of engineering technology and management perspectives to solve complex problems, make decisions, and manage risk, all within the framework of complex systems analysis and design. Participants will graduate with more than an engineering management degree. They will be prepared to perform better in their current jobs and to achieve greater success in their engineering management careers.

The UMass Amherst College of Engineering is ranked the best public engineering school in New England and has a long tradition of distance education. The program also boasts a long line of successful alumni working in leading engineering firms. Program participants can thus build networks with leaders in the field.

View College of Engineering class descriptions. View Isenberg School of Management class descriptions.

Qualified students with B.S. degrees from engineering, management science, or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. There are two application deadlines: July 1 for Fall admission; November 15 for Spring admission. See the application requirements.

To apply, go to the Graduate School’s website and click on “Apply Now.” For more information on the UMass Amherst Master of Science in Engineering degree, contact Caanin Manson, 413-545-1537, (May 2014)

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