New Opportunities for Those Seeking Graduate Engineering Degrees

Posted June 17, 2011 01:19 PM

New Opportunities for Those Seeking Graduate Engineering Degrees
New Opportunities for Those Seeking Graduate Engineering Degrees
Engineers who hold bachelor's degrees and wish to advance in their field may want to consider enrolling in a master's degree program. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, these professionals can qualify for positions in research upon earning a graduate credential.

In an effort to help more adults in this field become eligible for pay increases and promotions, many schools are launching new degree tracks and improving their existing course offerings. For example, schools such as Indiana Tech are offering master's degrees in engineering management. According to a press release, the college is launching this program as an online option.

The degree track, which will be available in September, teaches students about topics such as environmental health and safety, project management, enterprise resource planning, lean manufacturing, quality assurance, managerial economics and financial management as well as computer integrated manufacturing.

Indiana's College of Professional Studies (CPS) will provide the curriculum for the courses, each of which can be completed in as few as six weeks. In order to qualify for admission into this program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a technical field, with completed coursework in accounting and finance.

“We’ve had quite a bit of interest in this program throughout the state,” said Steve Herendeen, vice president of CPS. “Online delivery allows us to serve students who don’t live near our main campus, while giving all of the students in the program more flexibility to balance work and graduate school.”

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is another school that is adding to its graduate-level engineering program. According to the university, its system design and management (SDM) degree will join the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC) - which also includes such prestigious institutions as Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Stanford and Northwestern.

The MEMPC aims to provide students who are in the program with the engineering and leadership skills to become technology managers. Those who are accepted in the consortium have access to expertise, new curricula ideas and best practices in the field.

"MIT's system design and management program, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, educates mid-career professionals to lead effectively and creatively by using systems thinking to solve large-scale, complex challenges in product design, development and innovation. We are pleased to join the MEMPC,” said Steven Eppinger, General Motors Leaders for Global Operations professor of management, professor of management science and engineering systems and co-director of SDM.

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