Engineering Management

The Master of Science in Engineering Management is a graduate degree jointly offered by The Paul Merage School of Business and The Henry Samueli School of Engineering that will prepare engineers for leadership roles in technology, science, government, and engineering-based companies and organizations. The curriculum includes courses in engineering from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering and courses in business administration from The Paul Merage School of Business. Students will emerge as innovators by taking on the role of business and engineering project managers tasked with solving complex engineering product development challenges through consulting projects, business plans and exposure to current issues within the engineering sector. Through this process, quantitative and qualitative skills along with business communication skills will be developed.

This competitive major teaches business from the engineering perspective and engineering from the business perspective and students will learn to think about their work through the lens of innovation and to develop a crucial view to enhance their careers.


Applicants will apply directly to The Samueli School for the M.S. in Engineering Management.  Applicants must meet any applicable prerequisite requirements for the specific engineering specialization they wish to pursue. Admission to graduate standing in The Henry Samueli School of Engineering is generally accorded to those possessing at least a B.S. degree in engineering or an allied field obtained with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing. Those seeking admission without the prerequisite scholarship record should undertake remedial work; if completed at the stipulated academic level, they will be considered for admission.

The Henry Samueli and Paul Merage Schools will evaluate applicants on their prior academic record and their potential for management and leadership as demonstrated in submitted application materials including work experience and in an interview. These materials will include university transcripts, GRE test scores, TOEFL test scores (for international applicants), resume, letters of recommendation, and a Statement of Purpose. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by the Paul Merage School.

Interested students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2016 (admissions cycle will begin on September 1, 2015) by the priority deadline (tentatively) of January 15, 2016. After that date, applications are processed on a rolling admissions basis, meaning they are evaluated as they are received.  Below are target deadlines to assist you in your application submission:

February 1, 2016
March 1, 2016

Note: If you are an international applicant, passport and/or financial documentation are not required at the time of the application.

Application Checklist:
Use the following list as a guideline of documents needed for a complete application.
__________ Online Application
__________ Application Fee
__________ Statement Of Purpose
__________ Official GRE Score Report
__________ Official TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (International Applicants Only) - Please note that an 80 or higher is required on the TOEFL iBT
__________ Official Transcripts (Bachelors and Masters, if applicable) - Please note that a 3.0 out of 4.0 scale GPA is the minimum required for admissions
__________ 3 letters of recommendation
__________ Selection of an Engineering specialization (request will be sent after you submit your online application and pay the fee) - Please note that the specialization you choose will be part of the admissions review process so it is in your best interest to select one that closely matches your background.

Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) you have attended. If you have attended UCI, you must request an official transcript as we are unable to obtain them on your behalf. All transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office at your previous institutionsPlease send official transcripts and letters of recommendation (if not submitted electronically) to the following address:

University of California, Irvine
The Henry Samueli School of Engineering
Graduate Student Affairs Office
5400 Engineering Hall
Irvine, CA 92697-2710

The next admission cycle will be for Fall 2016 as we do not accept applications for Winter or Spring quarters.  Questions about the application process?  Contact Jean Bennett, Director of Engineering Graduate Student Affairs, at or 949-824-6475.

Fees and Tuition
Current fee information can be found at Please be aware that there is also a professional fee for 2014-15 of $12,000 per year. Final figures are subject to change and may differ from the amount shown here.

Degree Requirements: MASTER OF SCIENCE DEGREE: Comprehensive Option

This program is designed to be completed in one full-time year. The M.S. degree requires the completion of designated course work which corresponds to a minimum of 17 courses beyond the bachelor’s degree. As part of the program, students must complete a two-week orientation and an intensive course in early to mid-September preceding the Fall Quarter which presents fundamental concepts of management to initiate students into the concrete challenges that managers in high performing organizations typically confront.

MSEM Core Requirements

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this degree, it is important to establish a common foundation in Engineering Management for students from various backgrounds. This foundation is sufficiently covered in Engineering Management courses that are listed below and that deal with the following topics: MBA200 (Management of Innovative Organizations); MBA211 (Proseminar - every quarter); MBA298 (Experiential Learning); ENGR280 (Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers); Engineering Departmental Seminar based on Specialization (i.e., BME298, CEE295, CBEMS298, EECS294, or MAE298). 

Other Requirements and Electives

Business: In addition to the core courses listed above, at least 5 additional courses from The Merage School of Business are required.  (Students will be recommended certain classes based on career tracks they plan to pursue.)

  • 3 Merage School MBA core courses
  • 2 additional courses from a selected group of either core or elective courses

MBA Courses:
Core  – MBA201A, MBA201B, MBA202, MBA203A, MBA203B, MBA204A, MBA204B, MBA205, MBA206, MBA207, MBA208, MBA209A, MBA210.
Electives – Please refer to the Business School section of the catalogue for a list of current MBA electives.

Engineering: In addition to the core courses listed above, at least 5 courses from The Henry Samueli School of Engineering are required.  (Students will be recommended certain classes based on their background and the career tracks they plan to pursue.)

  • 3 courses from a chosen primary specialization in Engineering: Biomedical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science Engineering, or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 2 additional elective courses chosen from the primary specialization, from another specialization, or from other courses within or outside The Samueli School as approved by the Director or Director-Elect.

Approved Specialization Courses:
Biomedical Engineering – BME210, BME213, BME220, BME221, BME230A, BME230B, BME233, BME251, BME260, BME261, BME262
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering – CBEMS195, CBEMS218, CBEMS221, CBEMS232, CBEMS249
Civil Engineering –  CEE220A, CEE221A, CEE225B, CEE249, CEE250, CEE262, CEE263, CEE265, CEE272, CEE273, CEE276, CEE281
Electrical and Computer Engineering – EECS202A, EECS210, EECS211, EECS213, EECS215, EECS217, EECS222, EECS225, EECS241A, EECS248A, EECS261A, EECS267A, EECS273, EECS274, EECS277C, EECS278, EECS279
Materials Science and Engineering – CBEMS221, CBEMS249, EECS273, EECS277C, MAE252, MSE254, MSE255A, MSE261, MSE268
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering – MAE207, MAE218, MAE247, MAE249, MAE250, MAE252, MAE253, MAE274

Course Descriptions:
Visit the Engineering Management Plan of Study and the UCI General Catalogue for further course descriptions in both the Engineering and Business sections.