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Master's in Engineering Management Online MBA Concentration

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Register By: July 27 Classes Start: July 29

The Engineering MBA That Fits Your Life

  • Just over $19K total tuition
  • Complete in about 15 months
  • In partnership with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI)
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores
  • Earn credentials along the way
  • No GRE/GMAT required

Master's in Engineering Management Online 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 $18,810, 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.

SNHU faculty like Dr. Susan McKenzie, Senior Associate Dean for STEM programs, believe it's important for students to have opportunities to gain from the expertise from one of the nation's leading engineering schools.

An innovative, high-quality advanced degree, the online MBA in Engineering Management program can be completed in about 12 months – and with some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country, the program is one of the most affordable business/engineering master's programs.

This MBA in Engineering Management is perfect for professionals who want to:

  • Become one of tomorrow's business leaders within engineering or technology firms
  • Gain a better understanding of how to collaborate and communicate with engineering teams
  • Take on a rigorous program from two schools known for their business and engineering education

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

What You'll Learn

  • Solutions & decisions appropriate to various engineering disciplines
  • Engineering management strategies that balance project constraints
  • Data analysis & interpretation skills for decision-making purposes
  • Adaptable approaches for developing & fostering organizations
  • Models/processes that improve organizations & their practices

How You'll Learn

At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.

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.

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"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, former 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."

Job Growth

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, career opportunities for architectural and engineering managers are projected to grow 4% through 2032.1


According to the BLS, in 2022, the median annual salary for architectural and engineering managers was $159,920.1

Understanding the Numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors — like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

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:

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

Where Could You Work?


Ensure operational efficiency by monitoring and managing mechanical engineering teams and tools.


Lead a company's engineering department, from hiring employees to managing budgets.

Civil Engineering

Support teams charged with development of capital projects for public and private infrastructure.

Technical Engineering

Manage technology projects and teams, optimizing workflows for usability, functionality and visual appeal.


Support businesses utilizing knowledge of markets, economic conditions and professional experience.


Manage usability of "big data" to inform financial, technological and operational decision-making.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Engineering Management Degree

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Courses to Prepare You for Your Career

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"The MBA program places an emphasis on innovation. data informed decision making, and operational agility. These skills are key for the next generation of leaders."

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 core courses.

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.

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.

"The concepts I learned were immediately applied to a real-world solution, and it really changed my thinking of the importance of strategically positioning your business within a certain industry," said William Puksta '20G.

William Puksta with the text William PukstaIn 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, former 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.

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.

University Accreditation

New England Commission of Higher Education 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.

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 $1,911 $637 $9,555 
(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.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
Course Materials ($ varies by course). Foundational courses may be required based on your undergraduate course history, which may result in additional cost.

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