Department of Systems Engineering & Management

Department of Systems Engineering & Management
Program Details

Engineering Management (GEM)
Current as of: 06/25/2019

Degree Type: MS

The master's degree program in Engineering Management is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Enrollment and graduation data are located on AFIT's Institutional Data webpage.

Overview: The Graduate Engineering Management (GEM) program is available to both full-time students (often referred to as sponsored/quota in-residence students) and part-time students. Full-time students typically complete the program in 18 months (6 academic quarters). Depending on course availability and student course load, part-time students nominally complete the program in 36 months. Part-time students take courses either in-residence or through distance learning (DL). For more information about the GEM program, please click on ENV Bluebook and refer to Chapter 4. For more information about the DL option, please refer to the tri-fold brochure and the FAQs sheet.

Program Description

The Graduate School of Engineering and Management, Department of Systems Engineering and Management, offers the Master of Science in Engineering Management. AFIT is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), and the degree is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). For students with an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree, the degree title is & ldquo Master of Science in Engineering Management.& rdquo For students without an ABET-accredited undergraduate degree, the degree title is & ldquo Master of Science.& rdquo The degree reflects the importance of enhancing the interface between technology and management in environments dominated by Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Upon completion of the degree, students will have a better appreciation of the broad field of engineering management and a better understanding of the integrative nature of processes and relationships inherent in most technology-driven organizations. The strength of the program is its multidisciplinary approach in which core management principles are integrated with technical specialization areas.

Program Educational Objective:

The following Program Educational Objective broadly describes what graduates are expected to attain within 2-5 few years after graduation.

Graduates will be well positioned to lead in a technical environment, both independently and collaboratively, while applying decision-making and analytical tools to solve operational problems. They will be able to propose, develop, and implement effective policy through a holistic systems approach in their area of specialization as judged by their immediate supervisors.

Student Outcomes: (Students should be able to)

  1. Create coherent explanations and reflections on work in two or more media to both general and specialized audiences.
  2. Analyze and distinguish the integrative nature of processes and relationships within the engineering management field and within their respective technical environments.
  3. Apply and evaluate the concepts, methods, and tools related to planning, organizing, leading, and controlling resources and processes in a technology-focused organization.
  4. Apply and evaluate the principles of organizational behavior related to managing people- centric processes in a technology-focused organization.
  5. Develop information-based recommendations and support more informed decisions through the application of critical thinking skills and appropriate analytical techniques.
  6. Conduct and present methodical research, using a systems thinking approach and the application of advanced knowledge, to analyze problems and recommend solutions.

Admission Standards

All students working in a STEM-related environment are welcome to apply, to include those from industry and the public sector. Although the core elements of the program do not require specific knowledge from any particular engineering discipline, students must be comfortable with technical concepts and topics. The general requirements for admission to the are:

  1. An undergraduate degree in an appropriate area of engineering or science an undergraduate degree from another STEM-related discipline will be acceptable provided it contains significant technical coursework or is accompanied by work experience in a technology-focused organization.
  2. Mathematics courses to include at least one year of college-level calculus and a course in probability and statistics. Applicants without a previous course in probability and statistics, and who otherwise have strong academic backgrounds, may be admitted but will be required to take a probability and statistics course in their initial quarter.
  3. A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) the GPA in mathematics-related courses should be at least 3.0.
  4. Either the Graduate Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is required. For the GRE, scores of 153 on the verbal portion and 150 on the quantitative portion are required. Weaknesses in one area may be offset by strengths in the other area, provided the combined score exceeds 305. For the GMAT, a score of at least 550 is required.
  5. DL Students will progress through the program as a cohort, and each cohort will be limited to 10 students. The cohort size may be increased if additional resources become available. Student selections will be made in the middle of August.

Deficiencies in any of these areas may be waived on a case-by-case basis, or corrected through additional coursework, as approved by the curriculum committee.

For more information on specific admission procedures to AFIT programs, please refer to the AFIT Office of Admissions web page. Please click here to begin the AFIT admission process.

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