Engineering Management, MEM
The master’s degree under Option A requires a thesis. Option A is most appropriate for students who are preparing for careers in research and scholarly work or additional academic pursuits beyond the master’s degree. Under this option, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours, consisting of 20 to 24 credit hours of regular course work, plus a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, including thesis, must be in the major (at least 18 credit hours for the Master of Education degree). The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 8 credit hours, excluding thesis, must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
Option A is not available for the Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Thesis Requirements. The subject of the thesis shall be chosen from the student’s field of major interest and must be approved by the departmental Graduate Committee. The thesis should reveal a capacity to carry on independent study or research and should demonstrate the student’s ability to use the techniques employed in their field of investigation. Research activities involving human subjects or live vertebrate animals may not be conducted at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln unless the research activities have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate board or committee. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews projects involving human subject research and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) reviews the use of animals in research. These reviews are in accordance with Federal regulations, state laws and institutional policies. Submission of protocols to conduct human subject or animal research is coordinated by the Research Responsibility offices. Approval must be secured prior to the initiation of the research.
The thesis must conform to the required style and format described in Steps to Degree Completion. A copy of the thesis and abstract must be approved by the student’s major advisor and submitted for preliminary review to the Master’s Programs Coordinator in the Office of Graduate Studies at least two weeks (one week in the summer sessions) before the date of the candidate’s final oral examination. A candidate is not eligible for the oral examination until the thesis is completed and approved. After passing the final oral examination, the thesis must be electronically submitted to the Master’s Programs Coordinator for a final review prior to being uploaded to Digital Commons.
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The master’s degree under Option B does not require a thesis. Option B is most appropriate for students pursuing practice-based or professional careers in which the master’s degree provides suitable training. Under Option B, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours. At least one-half of the credit hours required for the degree must be in the major. The remaining work may be in supporting courses and may comprise a minor consisting of at least 9 credit hours selected from and approved by the minor department. At least 15 credit hours must be earned in courses open exclusively to graduate students (900 level or 800 level without 400 or lower counterparts).
The Master of Professional Accountancy plan of study may not include a minor.
The Master of Education plan of study may not include a minor, but must include at least 6 credit hours of education courses outside the major.
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Accelerated Master's Programs allow University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate students to pursue this degree in an abbreviated timeline.
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Dual Degree programs allow students to be admitted to two degree programs simultaneously with approval of each Graduate Program Committee and the Dean(s) for Graduate Studies.
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The Master of Engineering Management is a professional practice-oriented advanced degree offered by the College of Engineering for those employed in engineering, science, and technology.
This non-thesis program is specially designed with working professionals in mind who are employed in the engineering, science, and technology industries. Our MEM is a fusion of technical and business courses that strikes a balance between business acumen and technical and operations knowledge and skills. You will learn to lead and manage engineering and technical people, projects, and teams while you continue working in your industry.
The entire program is web-based and 100% asynchronously online to give you the highest flexibility of time and space. Six elective courses let you tailor and customize your program to your career needs and to co-create your unique educational experience by applying what you learn to workplace challenges as you learn to become an effective leader and manager. Instead of general business management, our MEM is designed for those who will lead operations and technical functions. Hence, the streamlined curriculum allows degree completion with only 10 courses (up to 3 of which could be in the MBA program).
Nebraska’s MEM is certified by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), highly ranked by U.S. News as a Best Online Master’s in Engineering, and consistently among the best-value MEM programs in the nation. If your employer’s benefits package includes tuition reimbursement, be sure to ask your HR department.
Successful candidates for admission should have a STEM degree and relevant industry work experience. Students with non-engineering degrees may be required to take some undergraduate course work in engineering science. Other admission criteria apply (see below).
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- The Master of Engineering Management employs a flat tuition rate for residents and non-residents. See MEM Tuition/Fees for more information.
For more information, visit https://engineering.unl.edu/mem/curriculum/.
Construction Engineering and Management
Applying for Admission
Standard requirements for all graduate programs
- Application for Admission with $50 non-refundable application fee.
- Transcripts (unofficial): Uploaded as part of application form.
If International: Uploads must include all college- or university-level transcripts or mark sheets (records of courses and marks earned), with certiﬁcates, diplomas, and degrees plus certiﬁed English translations.
After admission: Official documents are required from all students who are admitted and enroll. Photocopies of certiﬁed records are not acceptable. International students enrolled in other U.S. institutions may have certiﬁed copies of all foreign records sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies by their current school’s registrar office.
- If applicant’s native language is not English, verification of English proficiency
When sending TOEFL scores, our institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
- If applicant is not a US citizen and expects an F or J visa: financial information.
* The MEM does not sponsor visa applications.
- Applicants must also fulfill any additional requirements the department specifies at the time of application.
Additional requirements specific to this program
This program is designed for working professionals. This program does not offer stipends, assistantships, or scholarships. This degree is offered 100% online and asynchronously; international students seeking US entry should be aware that student visas will not be issued for this program.
- GRE optional
- Resume/CV: Your resume should specifically indicate the following: Work experience after undergraduate degree in engineering and closely related fields, indicating list of companies, locations, positions, dates of employment, responsibilities; Engineering co-op/intern experience along with company name, location, dates, responsibilities; Education including degrees, institutions, locations, date of graduation, GPA upon graduation; Extra-curricular activities and leadership positions; Awards, honors, achievements; Other information as you deem fit.
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation: Preference is for all recommenders to be industry contacts (current or past work supervisors and managers of engineering positions). However, your application will be considered if one recommender is academic contact (faculty).
- Academics and experience: 3.00 GPA (recommended); STEM degree and work experience; Calculus I and a course in probability & statistics.
Admission is based on holistic review of applications. The following are admission requirements: Undergraduate or higher degree in engineering or quantitative discipline (STEM); Two years (recommended) of relevant work experience in engineering and technology industry (engineering co-op education and internships may be considered as part of the two years); GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or if deficient discuss with program staff; Calculus I or higher (if deficient discuss with program staff); course in probability and statistics taken within 5 years with at least C grade (if deficient consult program staff for options). Refer to the departmental FAQ for more information about admission requirements, curriculum, general information, delivery, program structure, tuition and cost, and international applicants.
Admission Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted throughout the year on an ongoing (rolling) basis for Fall, Spring, and Summer.
- Fall and Spring courses are offered in 8-week mini sessions: Fall-A and Fall-B, Spring-A and Spring-B. If a Fall or Spring term has already started and you wish to join the "B" mini session, select the following semester when applying and then contact program staff to notify them of your plans. They will coordinate with Graduate Studies to change your start term.
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