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Ashley Noll
Program Coordinator

Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Graduate Program Coordinator


The Master of Engineering Management online program is designed to be a part-time program and typically requires two to four years to complete. The curriculum is a set of integrated engineering and engineering management topics that develop a student's skill base focused on effective management of technical resources in engineering environments. The program is a course work only program requiring 30 credit hours for completion.

A final master's culminating experience presentation is required for each student upon completion of their course work or in the final semester of course work. The culminating experience is administered by the student's supervisory committee and tests their grasp of topics in the curriculum as well as their ability to apply them in the workplace. Students are to choose the following for their supervisory committee when completing their Program of Study: Dr. Bradley Kramer, Dr. David Ben-Arieh and Dr. Margaret Rys. Dr. Kramer is typically the major professor. 

Students residing within 250 miles of Manhattan, Kansas, must travel to campus to meet with their supervisory committee for the culminating experience. Others may request a telephone or teleconference culminating experience. Students must be enrolled in a K-State course during the semester in which they are completing the master's program.

Course Format 

All course work is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University.

Classes are made up of lectures, readings, videos, discussion boards or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests or papers, and students may be required to have an exam proctor. Students work independently, yet share comments and questions via K-State Online.

Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring semesters are 16 weeks. Summer classes are eight to 12 weeks.

Core Courses (15 credits)

Students will choose five of the following six courses. Each course is offered at least once every two years.

  • IMSE 605 - Advanced Industrial Management (3 credits)
  • IMSE 680 - Quantitative Problem Solving Methods (3 credits; offered every semester)
  • IMSE 806 - Engineering Project Management (3 credits)
  • IMSE 810 - Industrial Logistics Engineering (3 credits)
  • IMSE 811 - Advanced Production and Inventory Control (3 credits)
  • IMSE 822 - Advanced Engineering Economy (3 credits)
Elective Courses (15 credits)

Electives are any courses not utilized as a core course on your program of study.  At least one elective course is offered online each semester.

Actual degree requirements will be summarized on an approved program of study. Some general guidelines include:

  • Of the 30 credit hours required for the MEM program, at least 18 hours should be at the 700 level and above.
  • Courses offered by other K-State departments, if approved by an advisor, can also be elective courses.
  • At most, 6 hours can be transferred from another school unless prior approval is obtained.
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken from an outside department without prior permission.
  • Courses in the IMSE department must be above the 600 level.
  • Courses outside the department must be above the 500 level.
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken at the 500 level.

Students may take courses in psychology, business, and other engineering disciplines to broaden and enhance their engineering management skills. View the distance course rotation schedule (PDF). Changes and additions may occur in the schedule.

The department course catalog and course descriptions are online.

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Quick Facts

Degree: Master of Engineering Management
College: Engineering
Credits: 30
Course delivery: Online
Tuition per credit hour: $838

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