Engineering Management, Professional Science M.S.

The Engineering Management M.S. was created to provide engineers, scientists, and technicians with the business and management tools needed for leadership positions in manufacuring and industry. Designed for working professionals, the program can be completed on a part-time basis over two years; classes are held primarily in the evening and many online. The program helps equip students with skills (including project management, Six Sigma, and lean manufacturing) to implement and manage competitive process innovations and product development. Graduates should interact comfortably and intelligently with engineers and business leaders through developing the skill set of both. 

The Engineering Management M.S. is a Master of Science in Professional Science degree, which consists of advanced science courses, business management courses, and a capstone internship. 

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Grad moves into process engineer position after program

Grad moves into process engineer position after program

David O’Brien, among initial graduates of the Engineering Management M.S. program (June 2014), now works as a process engineer at Feintool Tennessee. O'Brien develops and implements protocol for the plant-wide continuous improvement program; analyzes current production processes at micro and macro scales; utilizes principles and practices from Lean, Six Sigma, and Kaizen to streamline workflow; and designs and procures tools that enhance workflow, reduce waste, and increase product quality. His background includes regulatory compliance, project management, and technical training. O'Brien worked as a Siemens Healthcare process engineer during a 10-month internship, and also as a graduate assistant for MTSU’s experimental vehicles program. "In addition to the program curriculum, experiences gained through the graduate assistantships and internship presented opportunities to further develop skills that are now adding value at my company," he says. O'Brien, who earlier studied Environmental Science (B.S., 2012) at MTSU, also served as president of the Graduate Student Association.

Advisory board members making mark in industry

Advisory board members making mark in industry

MTSU’s eight Engineering Management advisory board members earned degrees under other programs supervised by professor and former graduate director Dr. Greg Sedrick. The MTSU program is the third in Tennessee started by Sedrick, the first licensed professional engineer in the U.S. under EM. Mike Ingram’s 27-year-old TVA career was boosted into project/program and senior management after adding his EM master’s (UT-Chattanooga) to his electrical engineering bachelor’s (Auburn). “Emphasizing my analytical skills and broadening my business understanding, the degree was a perfect fit for me,” he says. Mike Holman works in the aerospace and defense sector as Coleman Aerospace acting vice president of engineering and as director of safety, mission assurance, and information. He earned Engineering Management certification (UT Space Institute) after bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering (University of Utah). “Engineering management, recognized as a fast-growing discipline that transitions highly technical people into leadership roles, was seen as better suited than a typical business degree,” Holman says.

Graduates go to work in a wide variety of positions in technology-based companies, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and consulting firms. Engineering managers are hired by virtually every major corporation in the world. The national average starting salary is $77,467 for EM master’s graduates. Engineering management master’s programs boost careers by helping train students to solve complex problems; utilize basic finance, accounting, economics, and risk analysis methods; provide competent leadership and develop the skills and abilities of teams and individuals within a company; communicate effectively; and understand the societal, ethical, cultural, legal, and political issues that are prevalent in today's global society. A sample listing of career fields from the American Society for Engineering (Sedrick led the team to create the list):

  • Corporate officers (CEO, COO, CFO)
  • Engineering managers
  • Information technology managers
  • Marketing managers
  • Plant managers and engineers
  • Production supervisors
  • Technical project managers and engineering
  • Technical sales

Employers of MTSU alumni

This information is still being compiled since this is a new program.

A sample listing of engineering management employers:

  • 3M
  • Accenture
  • American Express
  • ARCO
  • Arnold Engineering and Development Center
  • Assurant
  • AT&T
  • Automation Alliance Group
  • Boeing
  • Bridgestone
  • Capital One
  • Ceco Construction
  • L-3 Coleman Aerospace
  • Emerson Electric
  • EMIT Inc
  • FedEx
  • Feintool Tennessee Inc.
  • Ford
  • GAF Materials Corp.
  • General Electric
  • General Motors
  • Hallmark Cards
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • InBev-Anheuser Busch
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • Jarrell Contracting Inc.
  • John Deere
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Junction Solutions
  • Luman International
  • Nissan
  • Olin Corporation
  • Radio Mobile
  • Spitzer Industries, Sprint
  • Tennessee Valley Association
  • Trabue Industrial Systems
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Veteran Affairs
  • Volkswagen

The Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in Professional Science includes a business core with specific concentrations in Actuarial Sciences, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

The M.S. in Professional Science combines the business management skills commonly found in the traditional M.B.A.-type program with advanced learning in specific science fields.

MTSU’s degree has been recognized as the premier Professional Science master’s program in the U.S. by the National Professional Science Master’s Association.

Applicants for unconditional admission for Engineering Management should

  • hold a bachelor's degree in engineering or a related area.
  • have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 900 (old) or combined 286 (new): Verbal 138, Quantitative 148. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is not accepted.
  • possess basic competency in word processing, electronic mail, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Professional Science, Engineering Management Concentration, M.S.

Saeed Foroudastan, Director
Master of Science in Professional Science Program
(615) 494-7618

For more information about the Engineering Management concentration, contact:
Vahid Khiabani, Program Coordinator
Engineering Management Concentration
(615) 898-5525

Carey Snowden, Graduate Coordinator
Master of Science in Professional Science Program
(615) 904-8581

The College of Basic and Applied Sciences offers the Masters of Science with a major in Professional Science (M.S.) with six concentrations: Actuarial Science, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, Engineering Management, Geosciences, and Health Care Informatics.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admissions to the Master of Science in Professional Science with a concentration in Engineering Management requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college with a major in Engineering or related areas;
  2. basic competency in word processing, electronic mail, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases.

 Once accepted into the College of Graduate Studies, students in the Master of Science in Professional Science program may enroll for one semester before fully admitted to the program.

Admission Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
  3. submit three letters of reference to (or mail to College of Graduate Studies);
  4. submit an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) report. A composite GRE of 286 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) is expected for consideration for unconditional admission.

Degree Requirements

Once admitted to the program, each candidate must complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit.

Curriculum: Professional Science, Engineering Management

Candidates must complete 36 hours in the following course of study.

Core Courses (15 hours)


  • ACTG 6100 - Accounting and Legal Issues for Managers

    3credit hours

    Surveys accounting skills and legal perspectives necessary for managers without undergraduate business degrees to enter the businessworld. Will not meet the requirements for the M.S. in Information Systems, M.Acc. in Accounting, or the M.B.A. degree programs.

  • BCED 6820 - Managerial Communication

    3credit hours

    Analysis of communication theory and communication processes with emphasis on development of executive communication skills essential for understanding organizational processes from a holistic perspective. Covers organizational theory, behavior, and interpersonal communication from both a domestic and global perspective.

  • BCED 6910 - Internship Program

    3credit hours

    A supervised program of related work experience. Provides experiential opportunities for the application of the theoretical concepts learned.

  • MGMT 6740 - Leadership and Motivation

    3credit hours

    Issues in leadership and motivation in business organizations. An examination of the theoretical framework for leadership and motivation processes serves as foundation. Emphasis on practical issues and applications of leadership development and motivation.

  • STAT 5140 - Probabilistic and Statistical Reasoning

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in the Master of Science in Professional Sciences program; graduate level. Focuses on probability and statistics concepts. Topics include binomial and normal probabilistic modeling; important statistical concepts such as confounding, randomization, sampling variability and significance; statistical testing of significant differences and associations; and design experiments to test research hypotheses.

Concentration Courses (21 hours)


  • ET 6010 - Safety Planning  3 credit hours  

    ET 6010 - Safety Planning

    3credit hours

    Advanced study of planning in occupational safety and health management, including program planning and development methods and techniques as well as various systems approaches to hazard control.

  • ET 6190 - Six Sigma  3 credit hours  

    ET 6190 - Six Sigma

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: MATH 1530 or equivalent or consent of instructor. The Six Sigma methodology is defined as a comprehensive and flexible system for achieving, sustaining, and maximizing business success. Through class instruction, simulations, and hands-on projects, students will be able to identify and focus on customers' critical-to-quality (CTQ) characteristics and solve problems using the define, measure, analyze, improve, and control (DMAIC) process and its associated tools. A Green Belt certification will be awarded upon successful completion of an industry/business Green Belt project.

  • ET 6300 - PMI Project Management

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Project management processes and knowledge areas as sanctioned by the International Project Management Institute (PMI). Successful completion of the course will earn 23 contact hours/professional development units (PDUs) issued by PMI.

  • ET 6390 - Productivity Strategies/Lean Systems

    3credit hours

    Prerequisites: Graduate standing and ET 3910 or consent of instructor. Topics include the human element (supervisory and teamwork skills), the theoretical aspect (laws and science covering service and production systems), and the practical aspect (tools for lean operational systems implementation). Theoretical and practical methods needed to complete a required industry/business project and obtain a certification in Lean Manufacturing.

  • ET 6620 - Methods of Research

    3credit hours

    Introduces Master of Science students to scholarly research principles and to thesis formats for research reporting. A problem is researched and written up in thesis proposal format.

  • ET 6870 - Engineering Management Systems

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Advanced topics related to engineering management systems with a focus on innovation implementation for technical products, technical processes, and for business models in a technical environment. Implementation strategies integrating current and emerging technologies into manufacturing, health care and service industries. Components needed for the construction of new venture business plans to create new technology businesses and jobs.

  • ET 6810 - Engineering Management Theory and Application

    3credit hours

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Theories, concepts, and applications from the engineering management body of knowledge (EMBOK) for technical, healthcare, and service industries. EMBOK topics covered defined in the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) Guide to the EMBOK and include leadership in technical, healthcare, and service industries; strategic planning in a technical environment; financial resource management in the technical environment; technical project management; operations and supply chain management; technical managers' role in marketing and sales; legal issues in engineering management; professional ethics and responsibilities in a technical environment; product and process development; systems engineering; technical management of research and development; and sustainability engineering.

  • ET 6520 - Advanced Topics in Technology

    3credit hours

    Independent investigation and report of current problems of particular interest to individual students directed by department faculty members.

Program Notes

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the candidate intends to graduate.


Student Research

Ye (Zoe) Ye

  1. MS graduate thesis: Tail Conditional Expectations for Extended Dispersion Models, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. August 2014.
  2. Paper: Tail Conditional Expectations for Extended Dispersion Models, submitted manuscript, 08/2014. Submission ID number 14-21.
  3. Presentation given at the 48th Actuarial Research Conference: Trend Analysis Algorithms and Applications to Health Rate Review, July 2013, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.
  4. Math Seminar presentation: Trend Analysis Tools and Applications to Rate Review Project, September 2013, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

Le Yin

  1. MS graduate thesis: Medical Trend Analysis Methods, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, May 2014.
  2. Le Yin, D. Hong, and Q. Wu, Statistical Methods for Medical Trend Analysis in Health Rate Review Process, North American Actuarial Journal, submitted manuscript 2014. Submission ID NAAJ-1298.
  3. Math Seminar Presentation: Medical Trend Analysis Algorithms and Implementation, September 2013, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. 

Xiong Lu

  1. Presentation given at the 49th Actuarial Research Conference: Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Predict Captive Solvency, July 2014, University of California Santa Barbara, California.
  2. Chapter 4 of Ph.D. Dissertation: Statistical Computing Tools for Predicting Captive Solvency, December 2014.
  3. Lu Xiong, Don Hong, and Qiang Wu, Statistical Computing Tools for Predicting Captive Solvency, manuscript Using Monte Carlo Simulation to Predict Captive Insurance Solvency, North American Actuarial Journal, submitted manuscript 2014. 

Faculty Non-Publishable Industry-Related Research

  • RATE REVIEW REPORT for Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI): Health Insurance Rate Review Project, by Don Hong, Ken Hollman, Harold Tuthill, and Qiang Wu, the Program of Actuarial Science, Middle Tennessee State University, September 2012.
  • Trend Analysis Software Package, by Le Yin, Brent Carpenetti, Don Hong, and Qiang Wu, the Program of Actuarial Science, Middle Tennessee State University, October 2014. 

Other research sources

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Vahid H. Khiabani, Program Coordinator

Phone | 615-898-5525

Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Program Director

Phone | 615-494-7618

Dr. Vahid H. Khiabani, Program Coordinator

Phone | 615-898-5525

Dr. Vahid H Khiabani, Engineering Management
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 19
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Basic and Applied Sciences
ATTN: Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 83
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
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MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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