Degrees and Certificates

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

Old Dominion University

Master of Engineering


Founded in the solid principles of systems science and systems engineering, while exploiting the technical analysis tools of management science, the curricula are designed to produce graduates capable of addressing issues related to the design, operation, analysis, and transformation of complex problems. Particular emphasis is placed not only on the technical methods and tools necessary for success in technology-based enterprises, but also on the critical thinking skills essential to effectively communicate and manage completion of complex projects


The masters degrees in Engineering Management are focused on the development of skill sets in the following areas:

1. Operations Analysis and Improvement: Students acquire skills in the detailed technical analysis of complex operations from both qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Extensive use of data as a foundation for process analysis and improvement is emphasized.

2. Technical Analysis: Students develop a comprehensive set of techniques and methods that support the technical analysis of process, organizational, and production issues faced in the technical enterprise. Emphasis is placed on the collection, rigorous analysis, interpretation, and effective communication of data.

3. Project Management: Students engage the traditional planning, scheduling, and control functions of project management to provide for control of work, costs, schedules, and performance. In addition, students apply advanced engineering concepts and techniques to the design, evaluation, and transformation of project issues beyond the scope of cost, schedule, and performance.

4. Organizational Analysis: Students become skilled in the language, concepts, and principles related to effective integration of technical, structural, and human aspects of organizations. Emphasis is placed on identification and resolution of organizational issues within technology-based enterprises.

5. Complex Systems: Students are exposed to state-of-the-art research and development in the application of systems engineering to address complex technical problems. Systems engineering is applied through rigorous life cycle design, operation, analysis, and transformation of systems to address problems or meet customer needs.

6. Engineering Management Research: Students are challenged to develop essential graduate-level research skills that provide a basis for development of a wider array of solutions to technical, managerial, and organizational issues facing technology-based enterprises.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.) degree requires 31 credit hours of course work. The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires 24 credit hours of course work and six credit hours of thesis research.

ENMA 420/520 Statistical Processes (or equivalent) is a prerequisite for the both Master's Degree programs.

Core Courses (18 credit hours for M.E.M and 18 credit hours for M.S.)

ENMA 600 Cost Estimation and Financial Analysis
ENMA 601 Organizational Analysis
ENMA 603 Operations Research
ENMA 604 Project Management
ENMA 614 Quality Systems Design
ENMA 715 Systems Analysis or ENMA 724 Risk Analysis or ENMA 640 Integrated Sys Eng I

Elective Courses (12 credit hours for M.E.M., and 6 credit hours for M.S.)

Students select elective courses to focus their development in areas of particular interest for their personal and professional development. The electives may be selected from the elective courses within the department and from approved courses in other departments in the Batten College of Engineering and Technology and/or other colleges such as the College of Business and Public Administration and the College of Sciences. A student's advisor may require ENMA 711 - Methodologies for Advanced Engineering Projects as an elective for the M.S. program.

Capstone Course (1 credit hour, M.E.M. only)

1 credit hour, ENMA 605 - Program Capstone

Thesis Research (6 credit hours, M.S. only)

Six credits of thesis research are required for the M.S. degree.