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Master's in Engineering Management Online Engineering MBA Program

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Register By: January 01 Classes Start: January 03

The MBA That Fits Your Life

  • Under $21K total tuition
  • Complete in about 15 months
  • In partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • Program accredited by ACBSP
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • No GRE/GMAT required

Master's in Engineering Management Online MBA Program Overview

Part engineering. Part business. Earn the MBA that fits into both worlds.

Southern New Hampshire University has partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute – one of the nation's most prestigious private technological universities – to offer the online Master of Business Administration in Engineering Management program.

Developed by SNHU, this innovative online MBA program was revised in 2021 to meet the marketplace demand for managers who can effectively lead engineering departments, professionals and enterprises in a technical environment. And at total online tuition of $20,691, you'll meet your budget's needs, as well.

The program allows you to gain traditional and relevant business skills in pivotal areas including finance, project management, technology and quantitative analysis – as well as helps you develop your ability to collaborate and lead in a technical environment to execute complex solutions. Throughout the entire program, you'll learn more about ethics, technology innovation and leadership.

Developed and taught by WPI faculty, the online engineering management courses focus on integrating systems thinking concepts and systems engineering practices. You'll learn how to make informed and successful business decisions that foster improved efficiency, performance and effectiveness in highly technical engineering environments.

Learn how to:

  • Find engineering solutions and make decisions appropriate to various engineering disciplines
  • Balance engineering management strategies with project cost, resource and time constraints
  • Analyze and interpret data for decision-making
  • Develop and foster adaptable strategies for an organization
  • Evaluate and implement various models and processes in the design and continuous improvement of organizations and their practices
  • Cultivate globally aware and culturally responsive teams and organizations
  • Create and implement plans around culture, ethical and legal standards, and sustainable practices

An innovative, high-quality advanced degree, the online MBA in Engineering Management program is one of the most affordable MBAs in the nation and can be completed in as few as 15 months. This MBA is perfect for professionals who want to become one of tomorrow's business leaders within engineering or technology firms and who want a better understanding of how to collaborate and communicate with engineering teams.

A professional background in engineering or undergraduate engineering degree is not required for admission.

Career Outlook

An MBA with engineering management components can be the right fit for an engineer who wants to move into leadership roles.

The demand for engineering professionals who plan, direct and coordinate projects and manage teams in engineering and technology companies is on the rise.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports 3% growth through 2029 for those who want to become engineering and architectural managers.1 While that may not sound like much, those careers are actually seeing about the same amount of growth as all careers in the workforce.

"Engineering is a constantly evolving field to keep pace with, and in fact, create, new technology. Engineers of today face problems that may never have been anticipated just a decade or two ago," said Patrick M. Guida, senior manager of research and development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the institution that has partnered with SNHU on this degree. "One constant in the field, however, is for engineers to have the ability to adapt to change and continue learning throughout their careers. With the growing use of artificial intelligence, machine learning and many newly developed tools enabled by advances in technologies in every field, change happens much more quickly."

It's important to know that management occupations as a whole expect to see growth as well. Through 2029, these positions could grow by 5% – faster than the average of all occupations and equivalent to over 500,000 new jobs.1

With engineering jobs themselves on the rise, you'll want to learn more about the areas that are growing. The BLS projects the most in-demand areas of engineering as infrastructure, oil and gas extraction, renewable energy and robotics.1

And just where can you expect to find the jobs? The BLS says most new positions could be in consulting firms or with computer systems design and related services.1

In addition, you may want to keep an eye on these engineering employers, since they had the most engineering manager jobs1 in 2019:

  • Manufacturing
  • Architectural, engineering and related services
  • Government
  • Scientific research and development services
  • Management of companies and enterprises

With an MBA, you already position yourself for plenty of open doors, but your MBA in Engineering Management, in particular, qualifies you for leadership roles like:

  • Chief engineer
  • Cost systems analyst
  • Director of engineering
  • Engineering manager
  • Engineering project manager
  • Industrial management engineer
  • Senior lead analyst

The pay for these positions isn't too bad, either. In May 2019, the median annual salary for engineering and architectural managers was $144,830 – over 3 times the median annual wages of all workers.1

To put that into context, earning your master's degree has the potential to bump in your median weekly earnings up almost 20%.1

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Engineering Management Degree Concentration

Courses & Curriculum

After the online MBA curriculum was revised in 2021, the MBA in Engineering Management is now only 10 courses in total.

Seven of these are the business core. No matter which online MBA concentration you choose at SNHU, all students take these same classes.

The core courses better reflect what the workforce is and will be seeking. Featuring topics like leading people and organizations, measuring success and strategic opportunity management, you'll gain job-ready skills that you can use immediately within your organization. These courses were designed – and are also taught – by instructors who currently work in the business world and can help you become a better leader.

"The updated MBA program places a renewed emphasis on innovation, operational agility," said Dave Numme, SNHU interim senior associate dean for STEM programs and a 2016 MBA graduate. "These skills are key for the next generation of engineering leaders to be successful in their careers."

Your business courses also give you the additional benefit of earning recognized credentials along the way – allowing you to add more skills to your resume even before you graduate.

In addition to your business courses, you'll take 3 engineering management classes to round out your concentration. Developed and taught by Worcester Polytechnic Institute instructors, these courses can develop your ability to guide engineers and scientists to work collaboratively in a technical environment toward innovative, cost-sensitive project solutions.

"The partnership has been very collaborative in nature from the start," said Patrick M. Guida, senior manager of research and development at WPI. "Students interested in engineering management benefit by having this newly established SNHU online program, and the partnership is consistent with WPI’s mission to help educate technical leaders."

Your concentration studies will cover new product development, experience design, technology strategy, lean improvement and systems lifecycles.

"Students can expect to gain detailed insight into managing real-world engineering problems," Guida said. "Case studies are an effective way to study cause and effect of various situational scenarios while managing technical projects and the problems and issues that often accompany them."

Engineering management courses include:

  • Introduction to Engineering for Engineering Managers: Explore engineering disciplines through case studies that illustrate how an engineer's creativity, analytical nature and curiosity are applied to develop, produce and support products.
  • Systems Thinking for Engineering Managers: Examine the importance systems thinking plays in enabling program managers and engineers to identify, understand and control systems.
  • Systems Engineering and Business Practices: Explore key components of systems engineering, and gain the knowledge to make informed business decisions.

If you're not familiar with WPI, know that you're in good hands. Founded in 1865, it has a long history of graduating top engineering and science professionals through its project-based curriculum.

"Our students have the opportunity to gain from the expertise from one of the nation's leading engineering schools," Numme said.

Don't have a business background? No problem. Our MBA is accessible to everyone. Interested students must have a conferred undergraduate degree for acceptance, but it can be in any field. Those without an undergraduate degree in business or a related field may be asked to complete up to 2 foundation courses to get started. These foundations cover essential business skill sets and can be used to satisfy elective requirements for the general-track MBA. With foundations, the maximum length of your online MBA would be 36 credits.

Attend full time or part time. Students in the MBA have the option to enroll full time (at 2 classes per term) or part time (with 1 class per term). Full-time students should be able to complete the program in about 1 year, while part-time students could finish in about 2 years. Our students are busy, often juggling jobs, family and other obligations, so you may want to work with your academic advisor to identify the course plan that works for you. The good news is, you can switch from full time to part time and back again as often as you want.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 15 credits 
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627 $9,405 
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)
$1,410 $470 $7,050 

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.