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Engineering Management (E M)

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SCOTT VAN TONNINGEN, Professor in Charge
Penn State Harrisburg
School of Science, Engineering, and Technology
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
W211 Olmsted Building
Middletown, PA  17057-4898


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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 Management 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 undergraduate and graduate levels by AACSB International---the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Admission Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission.

Applicants must have undergraduate degrees in engineering or technology from an accredited university and must 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) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for admission. Students demonstrating high potential but failing to meet the minimum GMAT or GRE score requirements may be considered on the basis of professional accomplishments and other criteria that may predict success in the program.

Applicants must submit the following:
---a complete Graduate School application for admission with the nonrefundable application fee.
---official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
---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) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) [GRE scores are required for those indicating interest in an assistantship and to be eligible for many graduate fellowship opportunities.]

The language of instruction at Penn State is English. English proficiency test scores (TOEFL/IELTS) may be required for international applicants. Consult the English Proficiency section of the Graduate Bulletin Application and Admissions Procedures page for more information.

Degree Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements stated in the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS section of the Graduate Bulletin.

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 graduate 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 33-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 capabiities in management of large projects.

All M.P.S. students are required to take seven core courses (21 credits) focusing on economic analysis, communication and teamwork, management processes, corporate finance, energy and the environment, and engineering analysis. The core required courses are: ACCT 501 (3 cr.), EMCH 524A (3 cr.), ENGMT 511 (3 cr.), FINAN 521 (3 cr.), MNGMT 511 (3 cr.), MRKT 513 (3 cr.), and SYSEN 505 (3 cr.).

The curriculum requires the completion of two free electives (6 credits) in any of the engineering disciplines. A list of approved elective courses is maintained by the graduate program office. All students are required to complete a culminating experience through a two-course capstone course sequence (6 credits) comprised of BUS 588 Strategic Management (3 cr.) and MFGSE 550 Design for Manufacturability I (3 cr.). Of the 33 credits required for the degree, 30 must be earned in 500-level graduate courses.

Student Aid           

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the Student Aid section of the Graduate Bulletin.  Students on graduate assistantships must adhere to the course load limits set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.



Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 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. 


Last Revised: Spring 2018

Report: 2/20/2018

Faculty linked: 8/14/14

Program Coordinator updated: 6/1/16



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