The Master of Engineering in engineering management is an excellent alternative to an MBA for engineers, scientists and technical professionals who want to move into management. The program facilitates technically minded people to learn and practice data-driven management, develop leadership capabilities and apply proven principles for business performance improvement.

The core curriculum addresses the business basics of engineering management, project management, finance and accounting, business communication and leadership. Elective courses provide in-depth skills in areas such as quality management, product management, R&D, ethical decision-making, lean and agile management and entrepreneurship. Graduates of the program are prepared to lead people and organizations and respond to the challenges that go along with managing engineering and technology businesses.

For more information, visit the program's Master of Engineering in Engineering Management webpage.

Distance Education Option

Students can take individual courses toward a master's degree or graduate certificate through distance education (online). For more information, connect with the individual graduate program directly.

Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's Degree Program

Students may earn this degree as part of the Bachelor's–Accelerated Master's (BAM) degree program, which allows currently enrolled CU Boulder undergraduate students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time.

For more information, see the Accelerated Master's tab for the associated bachelor's degree(s): 


The following course requirements are subject to change; for the most current information, visit the program's Degree Requirements webpage.

Degree Requirements

The ME degree requires 30 credit hours. Students have the option to complete coursework only, consisting of four core courses and six elective courses, or the capstone option. The capstone is a 3-credit course that replaces one of the six electives required for the degree.

Required Courses
EMEN 5015Engineering Communication3
EMEN 5020Finance for Engineering Managers3
EMEN 5030Fundamentals of Project Management3
or EMEN 5031 Software Project Management
or EMEN 5405 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering
EMEN 5050Leading Oneself3
Elective Courses
18 credits of EMEN coursework 5000 level or above will count, except for EMEN 500018
Total Credit Hours30

Dual Degree Programs

In addition to the Master of Engineering in engineering management, the Engineering Management Program also offers dual degrees in the following areas:

  • Aerospace engineering sciences
  • Computer science
  • Electrical, computer and energy engineering 
  • Mechanical engineering

For more information, visit the program's Dual Graduate Degree Programs webpage.