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Engineering Management (E M)

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SCOTT VAN TONNIGEN, Program Coordinator
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W211 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA  17057-4898


Degree Conferred:



The Graduate Faculty, School of Science, Engineering, and Technology

The Graduate Faculty, School of Business Administration



The Program

The Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) Engineering Mangement degree program is a graduate professional degree program that integrates engineering with business and management principles. The program provides engineers with business and management perspectives and enhances their capabilities in the management of major projects, business initiatives, policies, and other activities in both the public and private sectors. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of technology strategy and intellectual properties management, and offers an environment for personal and professional networking that could hold significant future dividend.

The program is offered at Penn State Harrisburg as a partnership between the School of Science, Engineering, and Technology and the School of Business Administration, which is accredited at the undergradute and graduate levels by AACSB International---the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to general Graduate School requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Admission into the Master of Professional Studies program will be granted only to candidates who demonstrate high potential for success in graduate studies. 

Applicants should have undergraduate degrees in engineering or technology from an accredited university and are expected to have completed undergraduate course work in calculus and economics.

An undergraduate cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are required for admission. Students demonstrating high potential but failing to meet the minimum GMAT score requirements may be considered on the basis of professional accomplishments and other criteria that may predict success in the program.

Applicants should submit the following:
---a graduate online application with the application fee
---official copies of undergraduate transcripts
---three (3) letters of reference, especially from faculty who can evaluate academic potential
---a personal statement of technical interest, goals, and experience
---test scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
---test scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for those indicating interest in an assistantship

English Proficiency—The language of instruction at Penn State is English. All international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not received baccalaureate or master's degrees from an institution in which the language of instruction is English must take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and submit the results of that test with the application for admission. Departments and programs may have more stringent requirements and may require all international applicants to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score regardless of their academic background. A TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or a total score of 80 on the Internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum of 19 points on the speaking section, is required for admission.  Graduate programs may require a higher score. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) module provides an exam to test four mandatory skill areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking. All four modules are equally weighted in the evaluation process. The International English Language Testing System has been approved by the Graduate Council as an alternative exam to the TOEFL for international students applying to Penn State. A minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS test is required for admission.

Degree Requirements

All graduate students in Engineering Management are required to adhere to the requirements of the Graduate School, as listed in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin. The requirements of the Graduate School, however, are minimum requirements and the policies, procedures, and regulations listed below are additional and more specific for graduates students pursuing the M.P.S. degree in Engineering Management. Advisers will call pertinent regulations to the attention of their advisees, but it should be understood that it is the student's personal responsibility to see that all requirements listed are satisfied. 

The M.P.S. in Engineering Management is a 34-credit graduate program that integrates engineering with business and management principles. The multidisciplinary, broadly based M.P.S. program provides engineers with business and management perspectives to enhance capabiiities in management of large projects.

All M.P.S. students are required to take eight core courses (21 credits) focusing on economic analysis, communication and teamwork, management processes, corporate finance, energy and the environment, and engineering analysis.

The curriculum requires the completion of two free electives (6 credits) in any of the engineering disciplines, and a culminating experience through a three-course sequence (7 credits) on strategic management of new ventures and innovations. Of the 34 credits required for the degree, 31 must be earned in 500-level graduate courses.


Please refer to the graduate program home page for a complete list of available courses.

Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 599 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree. 


Faculty linked: 8/14/14

Program Coordinator updated: 6/1/16



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