Master of Engineering in Engineering Management

University of Colorado Boulder

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Offered by University of Colorado Boulder

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30 credit hours of graduate coursework

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This management degree program is ideal for anyone eager to grow their management careers in the dynamic engineering and technical sector.

Whether you are a skilled engineer who wants to advance into high-impact management roles or a management professional looking to lead high-performing technical teams, you can earn your engineering management degree from one of the world's top institutions (US News, 2023) and gain a vital leadership education built upon a concrete foundation of in-demand applied skills.

Courses are taught by faculty with significant industry experience whose core commitment is to ensure real-world, job-relevant applicability. As you advance through the program, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive curriculum comprising everything from leadership, finance, project management, communication, and strategic planning to marketing, innovation management, and engineering ethics.

With a stated goal of “translating engineering into business,” the program is anchored in the belief that engineering management is more than just engineering leadership; it is about developing a comprehensive and holistic range of real-world competencies. This uniquely career-centric approach will help you prepare to make an immediate impact at your organization.

Pursue high-impact management opportunities to lead technical teams

The Master of Engineering in Engineering Management degree brings together engineering and management disciplines to deliver a program simultaneously optimized for engineers who are preparing to ascend to management and leadership roles and current managers and leaders who are preparing to take on greater responsibilities for leading technical teams. The program’s emphasis on job-relevant learning—and the inclusion of industry case studies, data sets, and projects—ensures that you build essential workplace skills.

Access a top-quality degree regardless of your academic background

Gain acceptance into the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program regardless of your background or experience level. Enroll in and complete one of two available performance pathways on Coursera with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and you will be accepted—even if you do not possess a bachelor’s degree. Read more about the process here.

Learn from visionary leaders, industry experts, and accomplished executives

CU Engineering is among the top 25 best engineering schools in the nation, and CU Boulder is an R1 research institution. ME-EM faculty are engineers with extensive experience in a broad range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, telecommunications and renewable energy. They have taken early-stage R&D initiatives and grew them into successful business ventures. They led multi-million dollar product development projects, high-volume manufacturing operations, and complex space programs spanning many industries and governmental organizations. They held senior leadership positions in Fortune 100 companies and high-tech startups alike, as Product Directors, Operations Managers, Project Managers and Corporate Vice-Presidents.

Admissions Information

Enrollment for the Spring 2 2023 is now open!

Important Dates

  • March 13: Spring 2 Classes start
  • April 21: Spring 2 Enrollment closes
  • May 5: Spring 2 Classes end

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Enroll in a course today!

You can experience the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program by enrolling in a non-credit course first. You will build leadership and management skills that can immediately be applied in your workplace and also start making progress toward your degree.

Here are some courses you can start with:

Finance for Technical Managers

Project Management

Principles of Leadership: Leading Oneself

About the Program


There is no application for the ME-EM. You do not need to submit transcripts, take any tests, or pay application fees. Admission is entirely performance-based. To be admitted to the ME-EM as a degree-seeking student, you must enroll in and complete a “performance pathway” with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better.*

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The ME-EM delivers a comprehensive curriculum comprising everything from finance, project management, leadership, communication, and strategic planning to marketing, innovation management, and engineering ethics.

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As a management professional leading technical teams, you are expected to shift seamlessly between the worlds of engineering and business. In this program, you will learn real-world skills that will enable you to both speak to boardrooms about complex engineering concepts and communicate essential business fundamentals to your engineering teams.

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Student experience

Study at your own pace with flexible, eight-week sessions. Course facilitators hold weekly office hours where you can ask questions about the material being covered in the program. Additional opportunities for dialogue and connection happen through discussion boards, and group peer sessions.

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About CU Boulder

CU Boulder, founded in 1876, is consistently ranked among the finest global universities in the world. The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) placed CU Boulder 68th overall and 38th nationally in its 2021-22 list of top worldwide universities. This places CU Boulder within the top 1% of universities on CWUR's ranking.

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About the College of Engineering and Applied Science

CU Engineering has faculty that have launched hundreds of new start-ups, filed for thousands of patents, and delivered nearly 600 new inventions in just the past five years.

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Spring 2 Classes start


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Frequently Asked Questions

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We encourage you to investigate whether this degree meets your academic and/or professional needs before applying.