Graduate Division

Engineering Management MS

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The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program integrates the extensive resources and networks of two of Southern California's premier higher education schools: The Paul Merage School of Business and The Henry Samueli School of Engineering at UC Irvine.

Working together, these schools provide the cutting-edge engineering management skills and proven, real-world business practices that engineers need to become effective leaders and industry innovators. Empowered with a dynamic skill set, students learn to manage cross-functional teams and successfully bring projects to market in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, materials engineering, and mechanical or aerospace engineering.

What Sets Us Apart?

Intensive on-campus 4-day residential, Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically in Business, that involves case analysis, group problem solving, and group presentations as a means of developing the skills and strategies associated with effective managerial action

Teaches business from the engineering perspective and engineering from the business perspective giving students the ability to think about their work through the lens of innovation and to develop a crucial view to enhance their careers

Strengthening their engineering base of knowledge and skills coupled with a business understanding positions students to lead in the era of digital transformation – transforming and changing existing business models, consumption patterns, socio-economic structures, legal and policy measures, organizational patterns, cultural barriers, etc.

Merage Consulting Projects course: An experiential learning course where student teams, under the guidance of professors, conduct a consulting project, typically with a technology focus, for a company. Teams identify innovative solutions to a real strategic challenge faced by the company, performing in-depth analysis, applying business principles and presenting their findings to senior management at the organization.

With the capstone Intrapreneurship/Entrepreneur course, students will be able to develop a formal business plan and present it to group of entrepreneurs/venture capitalists as part of a "shark tank."

Career visioning, ProSeminar training, advising and other resources are available through the Merage School Career Center.

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

1 year

Capstone Type

Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

Applicants will apply directly to The Samueli School for the M.S. in Engineering Management. Applicants must meet any applicable prerequisite requirements for the specific engineering specialization they wish to pursue. Admission to graduate standing in The Samueli School of Engineering is generally accorded to those possessing at least a B.S. degree in engineering or an allied field obtained with an acceptable level of scholarship from an institution of recognized standing. Those seeking admission without the prerequisite scholarship record should undertake remedial work; if completed at the stipulated academic level, they will be considered for admission.

The Samueli and Paul Merage Schools will evaluate applicants on their prior academic record and their potential for management and leadership as demonstrated in submitted application materials including work experience and in an interview. These materials will include university transcripts, GRE test scores, TOEFL test scores (for international applicants), resume, letters of recommendation, and a Statement of Purpose. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by The Paul Merage School of Business.

Interested students are encouraged to apply for Fall 2019 (admissions cycle will begin on September 1, 2018) by the priority deadline of January 15, 2019. The absolute deadline is February 15, 2019. Note: If you are an international applicant, passport and/or financial documentation are not required at the time of the application.
Use the following list as a guideline of documents needed for a complete application:

  • Application
  • Application Fee
  • Statement Of Purpose
  • Official GRE Score Report
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Score Report (International Applicants Only) - Please note that an 80 or higher is required on the TOEFL iBT or an overall minimum score of 7 for admission, with a score of no less than 6 on any individual module is required on the IELTS
  • Official Transcripts (Bachelors and Masters, if applicable) - Please note that a 3.0 out of 4.0 scale GPA is the minimum required for admissions
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Selection of an Engineering specialization (request will be sent after you submit your online application and pay the fee

Official transcripts must be in sealed envelopes as issued by the school(s) you have attended. If you have attended UCI, you must request an official transcript as we are unable to obtain them on your behalf. All transcripts must be sent directly from the Registrar’s Office at your previous institutions. 

The next admission cycle will be for Fall 2019 as we do not accept applications for Winter or Spring quarters. Questions about the application process? Contact the Graduate Student Affairs Office.

Financial Support

What documents do I need to submit to be considered for funding?

All domestic students should fill out the FAFSA (Federal Application for Federal Student Aid) to become eligible for fellowships and to become eligible for loans, if necessary. Aside from the FAFSA, there are no separate aid applications required and all applicants will be reviewed for any available funding at the time of their admission review. This review includes all fellowships, teaching assistant positions, research positions, etc.

Do you offer funding for M.S. students?

While funding offers are not guaranteed, we certainly make every effort to fund as many of our incoming students as possible. Funding for M.S. students is limited and competitive, but M.S. students can receive funding in the form of fellowships, graduate student researcher appointments, teaching assistant positions, reader/grader positions, or CODE mentor fellowship.

Do you offer funding for international students?

While funding offers are not guaranteed, we certainly make every effort to fund as many of our incoming students as possible. International students are eligible for the same funding that non-international students are eligible for.

How do I contact a professor to be considered for funding and for a place in his or her lab?

While it is not mandatory that you contact any faculty members prior to applying to our programs, the best way is to begin with emails and perhaps phone calls. Introduce yourself and let him or her know that you would be interested in working with the professor because the research is aligned with your goals. If you are domestic and able to visit, it would be a good idea to get familiar with the labs, tour the campus, and/or meet some current students and professors. If you are an international student, the best strategy would be to contact faculty by email.

Tuition & Fees

MS Eng. Mgmt. Fees 2018-19 Fall 2018 Winter 2019 Spring 2019 Annual
Student Services Fee 376.00 376.00 376.00 1,128.00
Tuition 3,814.00 3,814.00 3,814.00 11,442.00
Professional Degree Supplemental Tuition 4,630.00 4,630.00 4,630.00 13,890.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 137.88 137.88 137.87 413.63
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
eTech Fee * 60.00 60.00 60.00 180.00
Document Fee † 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,348.00 1,347.00 1,347.00 4,042.00
Total California Resident $10,425.88 $10,424.88 $10,424.87 $31,275.63
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 4,082.00 4,082.00 4,081.00 12,245.00
Total Nonresident $14,507.88 $14,506.88 $14,505.87 $43,520.63

Posted 10 August 2018 at

The tuition, fees, and charges posted to your billing statement or account are estimates based on currently approved amounts. These figures may not be final. Actual tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by the Regents of the University of California and could be affected by increases or reductions in State funding, or other developments. Accordingly, final approved levels (and thus your final balance due) may differ from the amounts shown.

The non-refundable eTech Fee is required of all students and is used to support the maintenance and improvement of existing education technology, and new services and capabilities. The eTech fee is listed separately as the charged amount varies based on the amount of undergraduate units the student is enrolled in and is assessed later in the term than the other fees listed. The fee is $4 per unit of undergraduate lecture course, up to a maximum amount of $60 (or 15 units) per quarter. It will be assessed after the third week of instruction. The $60 eTech Fee included on this chart reflects the maximum possible fee.

† The Document Fee provides lifetime access to official transcripts and academic verifications without a fee for in-person pickup or delivery by USPS. In addition, there is no fee for mailing the initial diploma. Effective Fall 2018, new undergraduate, professional, and graduate students are assessed the one-time document fee. Eligible students are able to use financial aid to cover the Document Fee.

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