Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

St. Cloud State offers 2 graduate programs in Engineering Management at 2 Twin Cities locations in Minnesota. The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is offered at the Plymouth Campus. The Executive MEM program is offered at the Energy Drive Mid-way campus of Metropolitan State University in St. Paul.

The MEM program in Plymouth prepares graduates for managerial roles. The course content is suitable to all engineering disciplines, as well as those from business, science, technology and mathematics disciplines. You will learn from faculty who actively work with local companies and provide students an opportunity to work on industry projects as part of their course work.

For engineers wanting to pursue technical leadership roles, MEM is a great affordable STEM alternative to an MBA degree.

Program Highlights

  • The program is offered by St. Cloud State University in Plymouth, a suburb of Minneapolis. The program is also available online in synchronous and asynchronous modes.
  • The program is designed for full-time students to complete the coursework in 12 months as well as part time and on-line students to complete the program in 18-24 months.
  • Graduates of the program are eligible for obtaining the American Society of Engineering Management's certified professional in engineering management certification, (CPEM), on graduation without having to sit a separate examination.
  • Faculty partner with local industries to provide students with hands-on experience through projects built into the course work.
  • International students have come to the program from Nepal, Malaysia, Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia, Thailand, the Bahamas, Peru, Colombia, Brazil and many other countries. 
  • Full time, on-campus students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantships and for on-campus jobs. The program offers 12-14 part time graduate assistantships each semester, each of which are worth around $5000 in stipend and tuition fee waivers. Incoming students are ranked based on undergraduate GPA and returning students on the previous semester’s GPA. GA appointments are made during week 1 of the semester in class, and are for 1 semester only. This allows the funding to be spread among more full time on-campus students.
  • International students are eligible to start CPT on completion of 30 credits. Most full time international students are able to complete 30 credits in 1 year, then continue for up to 11.5 months of CPT for completing their capstone project. The MEM program is a STEM program and offers international students additional 2 years of STEM OPT on top of the 1 year of OPT.

Program Distinctions

  • 1 of 10 master's programs in Engineering Management in the United States certified by the American Society for Engineering Management.
  • Training engineers to be managers since 2003.
  • All full time faculty members have doctorates and extensive industrial experience. 
  • The editor of the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM)'s Engineering Management Body of Knowledge (EMBOK) is a tenured faculty in the program.

Graduate Director

Dr. Hiral Shah

Popular Careers

  • Business analyst
  • Quality Engineer
  • Supplier Quality Engineer
  • Operations Engineer
  • Project Engineer
  • Six Sigma specialist
  • Financial analyst.

Application Deadlines

U.S. Citizens International
Outside U.S.
Inside U.S.
Fall March 15 (Priority 1) May 1 (Priority 2) Aug. 1 (Space Available) March 15 (Priority 1) May 1 (Priority 2) June 15 (Space Available) March 15 (Priority 1) May 1 (Priority 2) Aug. 1 (Space Available)
Spring Dec. 1 Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Summer April 15 Feb. 15 April 15

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