Engineering Management Degree: Robert Morris University Engineering Management Degree | Robert Morris University


Engineering management entails planning, organizing, allocating resources, and directing and controlling activities that have a technological component. This distinguishes engineering managers from other managers because they possess the ability to apply engineering principles and the skills to organize and direct technical projects and people in technical jobs.

RMU's innovative master's program in engineering management will prepare you to apply knowledge and provide leadership in technical environments. Upon graduation, you'll be able to demonstrate an advanced level of intellectual achievement in the context of engineering projects and synthesize theory and practice in the design and development of engineering management systems.

For practicing engineers, physical scientists, and environmental consultants, RMU now offers graduate courses in Alternative Energy and Sustainability within the program. As the demand for renewable energy technologies increase, professionals need to remain current in fossil fuel geology and technology, research & development of energy transfer and storage, and the long-term economic, social, and environmental impact of technology.

This degree is offered in both a thesis and non-thesis format.  Students can use their elective credits to customize their degree towards their academic and professional interests.

More on the School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science

  1. Resume
  2. 2 letters of recommendation
  3. 2.8 GPA, bachelor's degree conferred in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering, or math)
  4. Minimum GRE scores: 150 Quantitative, 145 Verbal*.


* The GRE score will be waived if you fulfill one of the following conditions:
  • You have successfully earned your bachelor's degree from RMU's School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science.
  • You posses more than three or more years of engineering work experience.  An annotated resume describing work experience, assignments, and projects is required.
  • You have military experience, which should be detailed on your resume.
The M.S. in Engineering Management degree program is offered in both thesis and non-thesis formats, with a total of 30 credit hours is required to complete either format.

Thesis Option
Required Courses - 9 credits:
Engineering Cost Estimation and Financial Analysis 
Engineering Systems Analysis and Design 
Project Engineering and Management 

Directed Electives - 15 credits:
6-9 credits Engineering courses
6-9 credits Non-engineering courses

Thesis - 6 credits:
Requires a minimum of six credits of applied research in an appropriate area of interest. A faculty advisor will assist you in defining a thesis topic. A defense before a faculty committee is required. The committee may include members of industry if appropriate and if approved by the department head.

Non-Thesis Option
Required Courses - 9 credits:
Engineering Cost Estimation and Financial Analysis 
Engineering Systems Analysis and Design 
Project Engineering

Directed Electives - 21 credits:
9-15 credits Engineering courses
6-12 credits Non-engineering courses



In addition to RMU's Moon Township campus, the engineering management program also is offered online. Graduates students in engineering also have the opportunity to work the SEMS Research and Outreach Center, collaborating with local industry and working with K-12 schools to promote careers in engineering.

The M.S. in Engineering Management degree can provide a distinct advantage for career enhancement managing technical projects and people. Many industries and government organizations seek individuals with advanced technical educations for positions of increased responsibility, such as project leaders, chief engineers, engineering supervisors, directors of engineering, project managers, production managers, and systems managers. Graduates of the program typically add $5,000 to $15,000 to their annual salary. Starting salaries can range from $50,000 to $75,000 or more, depending on experience.


The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science unites faculty members from diverse disciplines and provides opportunies for collaboration in teaching and research between faculty and students. We emphasize a global curriculum and have a diverse student and faculty body.

The heart of RMU's engineering programs is The Learning Factory, where students gain experience with design, testing, and manufacturing processes and equipment. The industrial-grade facility includes equipment for automatic identification, CNC machining and turning, controls, injection molding, machine tool monitoring, machine vision, materials testing, metallography, metrology, packaging, powder metallurgy, rapid prototyping, reverse engineering, and robotics. Hardware is supported by a suite of software packages for design, analysis, manufacturing, simulation, offline programming, controls, monitoring, integration, software development, enterprise resource management and other engineering activities.

This fully equipped facility supports the applied research interests of students who choose to pursue the thesis option of the M.S. in Engineering Management degree program.