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?

The MSEM program 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.

During the length of the program, students complete a rigorous curriculum that develops their quantitative, qualitative and business communication skills. Some of the courses include the following:

  • Responding to Dynamic Times: Thinking Strategically in Business, an intensive on-campus 4-day residential course that involves case analysis, group problem solving, and group presentations as a means of developing the skills and strategies associated with effective managerial action.
  • The 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.
  • The Entrepreneurship course, a course where students are able to develop a formal business plan and present it to a group of entrepreneurs/venture capitalists as part of a "shark tank."

Through the Paul Merage School of Business Career Center, students receive personalize career coaching through a multi-step approach that includes career visioning, ProSeminar training, advising and more. This approach is designed to help students clarify their strengths and goals, and develop a realistic path to where they want to be. 

Quick Facts

Program Type

Professional Master's Program

Normative Time to Degree

1 year

Capstone Type

Comprehensive Exam

Accordion Section

Admissions Requirements

The materials needed for the graduate application are listed in this site. 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.

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. Competitive applicants will be interviewed by The Paul Merage School of Business.

For more specific consultation, please complete an inquiry form at

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 program has limited funding available so financial packages are minimal and based on the competitive review process of the application materials. Teaching assistant, research assistantships, and student employment are not available for students in this program.

Tuition & Fees

 MS Eng. Mgmt. Fees 2019-20 Fall 2019 Winter 2020 Spring 2020 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 4,861.00 4,861.00 4,861.00 14,583.00
Assoc. Grad Students Fee 9.00 9.00 9.00 27.00
Student Center Fee 139.69 139.69 139.68 419.06
Bren Events Center Fee 23.00 23.00 23.00 69.00
Recreation Center Fee 88.00 88.00 88.00 264.00
Document Fee * 80.00 0.00 0.00 80.00
Student Health Insurance 1,459.18 1,459.18 1,459.18 4,377.54
Total California Resident $ 10,769.87 $ 10,769.87 $ 10,769.86 $ 32,309.60
Nonresident Supplemental Tuition 4,082.00 4,082.00 4,081.00 12,245.00
Total Nonresident $ 14,851.87 $ 14,851.87 $ 14,850.86 $ 44,554.60

Posted 17 July 2019:

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 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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