Bridging the Gap between Engineering and Business
Engineering Management is a multidisciplinary field that integrates the application of engineering methods, principles and technologies with business approaches to solve today’s complex and challenging problems. This program bridges the gap between engineering and business by equipping engineers with the expertise and leadership skills needed to advance their career in today’s fast-paced world. Students will expand their breadth of knowledge beyond a specific technical field into management and business. Business knowledge, organization insights and communication skills will be integrated with technical knowledge to develop proficient managers and leaders of projects, operations, organizations and people.
Designed for Working Professionals
The Engineering Management program at the University of Idaho is a distance education program designed for engineering professionals who want to progress in their careers. It is a multidisciplinary program providing students the opportunity to explore the analytical, technical and human resource aspects of managing in a technical environment. The program is designed to provide engineering professionals with continued technical growth and integrate a broad set of business and engineering management courses to prepare the engineer for extensive management responsibilities. Students come from diverse backgrounds in industry, government and military. U of I faculty bring practical knowledge to the classroom from experience in academia and industry.
Faculty and instructors teach courses at U of I locations in Moscow, Idaho Falls and Boise. Courses may be delivered live, online via the web, or produced for online delivery by Engineering Outreach (EO). EO courses are accessible within 2 hours of production. If you want the flexibility to watch classes at your convenience, this program can meet your needs.
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To be considered for graduate admissions students must have a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. If the degree is from a recognized but not regionally accredited institution, the application will be reviewed by the department and by the College of Graduate Studies.
Applicants must have a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 grade scale equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degree. If your GPA meets the minimum admission requirements, the department of major will determine if your overall academic record and test scores meet department requirements.
Note: If you do not meet the minimum 3.00 GPA, your application can be considered for admission if you:
have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher for your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits
have worked in the program specific profession for 5+ years
have a letter of support from a faculty member in the department
write a detailed statement/essay describing your professional experience and potential to succeed academically
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Include your full name on ALL materials and ensure uploads are LEGIBLE.
Any change in specific degree, major or semester before enrollment requires a new application (including uploaded material) and non-refundable fee.
Documents Required by the Department
- These are uploaded into the application.
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Gather the names and email addresses of your recommenders. You will need this information to complete an application.
Remember to inform recommenders in advance that they will receive a communication when the application is submitted.
Letters of recommendation will be uploaded by the recommenders into the application.
These letters must be on university or company letterhead. Preferably letters will come from teaching or research faculty in an area related to your anticipated field of study or a company supervisor who has worked with you, who can articulate your merits. Include the letter writer’s signature and contact information. This recommendation can be no older than six months from the date of submission to Graduate Admissions.
Payment Card Information
- This is used to pay application fee.
Transcripts and Academic Credentials
- Applicants may upload scanned copies of official transcripts and translations via the online application. Only scans of high quality (600 dpi or higher, front and back with grading keys/scales) from the University Registrar’s office, also known as original documents from your institution, are acceptable. These scans may be used to determine your acceptance into the program, however the official documents will ultimately be required.
- International Institutions: Academic credentials of all post-secondary course work must be received according to the country specific directions on the Graduate Admissions website. Note: Failure to adhere to these requirements could delay your credential evaluation and/or admission to the University of Idaho.
U.S. Institutions: Academic transcripts from each college or university attended must be received by Graduate Admissions directly from the awarding institution in the officially sealed envelope bearing the institution’s official seal, stamp, and/or appropriate signature.
Graduate Admissions accepts electronic transcripts from the National Student Clearinghouse and eSCRIP-SAFE. Check with your institution to see if they participate.
Current or former UI students: If you have or are currently attending the UI, you do not need to order UI transcripts. Graduate Admissions will secure them for you.
The GRE is only required for some graduate programs.
The UI ETS Institution Code: 4843.
If you need a department code, use:
(A waiver for language proficiency requirement (TOEFL) is automatically granted to students whose education is from countries where English is an official/native language.)
Direct transcripts and test scores to:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019
Moscow, ID 83844-3019
Recommendation for admission is based on the department's decision. Final admission is determined by the College of Graduate Studies.
Location: Primarily Online as a distance degree program; some courses can be taken live at the Moscow, Boise or Idaho Falls UI campuses
*Non-thesis Option Only
Required Test Scores:
Conditional Admission: No
Student must have a Bachelor of Science in engineering from a ABET/EAC accredited program.
At least two years of engineering work experience beyond bachelor's degree, or currently employed as an engineer.
One of the three letters of recommendation must be from a current or former employer.
The Engineering Management program is offered principally as a distance degree program. Courses are delivered via Engineering Outreach, and not collectively “live” at any one UI campus. As such, immigration regulations highly constrain students who require an F-1 or J-1 visa from being admitted to the program. Students enrolled in EM on the UI-Moscow campus could potentially fulfill the “live class” requirements associated with their F-1/J-1 visa, depending on the technical discipline; however, students seeking to reside at another UI campus (e.g., Boise, Idaho Falls) will be unable to satisfy these visa requirements. Other visa categories may be eligible to study in the U.S.
Contact the International Programs Office for rules governing enrollment while in the U.S. prior to application submission.
Director of Graduate Studies (Engineering Management):
To be considered official, all required academic records and test scores such as transcripts, degree certificates, GRE, TOEFL, must be sent directly from the institution and/or testing center to Graduate Admissions. When these items are submitted by applicants or educational consultants/agencies, approved or not, they are considered unofficial.
Direct mailing address is:
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3019
Moscow, ID 83844-3019
Items that applicants may upload into the application include the Resume/Curriculum Vitae, Statement of Career Objectives, Area of Emphasis Form, Personal Information Form, Writing Sample and Portfolio.
English Language Proficiency
The most common and widely accepted test is the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Our institution code for the TOEFL is 4843.
The following are acceptable as proof of English Language Proficiency:
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): minimum overall score of 79/550
IELTS (International English Language Testing System): minimum overall score of 6.5
MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery): Minimum overall score of 77
UI American Language & Culture Program (ALCP) with a Level 6 Pass
U.S. Education Earned Bachelor, or higher, degree at accredited U.S. institution
A waiver for this requirement is automatically granted to applicants whose education is from countries where English is an official/native language.
All tests must have been taken within two years of the semester you are applying.
If the graduate program has a higher requirement you will need to take the TOEFL, or equivalent test, and obtain the higher score prior to be granted regular admission.
To view a list of programs accepting students on conditional admission, visit our conditional admission webpage.
All graduate school applicants must possess the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree. For information about equivalency and required academic credentials by country of education page, use the Degree Equivalency Guide.
An official academic record from all post-secondary education institutions attended is required. This may take some time so start this early in your application process.
In the instance that official records cannot be obtained, unofficial records may be used to consider your application. These documents are typically issued to the student and may be considered official after further review. This applies to cases where it is impossible to obtain the official records, and will be considered only on a case by case basis.
The University of Idaho recommends, and reserves the right to require, a professional credential evaluation by an outside, independent party. Reasons for outside review include, but are not limited to, verification of document authenticity, potential transfer credits and the wish to expedite the processing of an application file. You are responsible for supplying the correct academic records and paying for the evaluation service. You will need to request a course-by-course evaluation.
The preferred provider of transcript evaluations is:
There is a list of the five professional credential evaluation services from which the University of Idaho will accept evaluations.
Precise, word-for-word, English translations are required for all foreign language documents.
Immigration & Financial Requirements
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations require that every student verify the availability of funds to pay for educational and living expenses before an I-20 or DS-2019 form to obtain a visa to enter the U.S. can be issued.
Immigration regulations require that international students holding F-1 or J-1 student visas be certified as full-time students during the academic year. F-1 graduate students are required to be enrolled in nine credit hours and are allowed to take up to three credits of online coursework toward this requirement. J-1 visa holders are also required to enroll in nine credit hours, but are not allowed to take online classes toward the nine credit requirement.
Not all programs are eligible for an F-1 or J-1. See Departmental Requirements above for information.
Complete and return the following to Graduate Admissions regardless of your source(s) of funding:
Copy of passport: for applicant and all accompanying dependents requiring a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20)
Copy of visa and current I-20: If currently in the U.S.
All students currently in F-1 status at any type of institution (college, university, intensive English institute) in the U.S. who plan to transfer to the University of Idaho must complete the transfer procedure through SEVIS.
SEVIS Record Transfer Request (PDF Form)
Receive admission to the University of Idaho
Notify your current school of your intentions to transfer
Complete Part I of this form (only after you have been admitted and choose to attend UI)
Have an international student advisor at your current institution complete Part II
After you and your current school have determined the date to have your SEVIS record electronically released to the University of Idaho, promptly return this form
After the release date, the University of Idaho will produce an I-20.
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- Idaho Residency for Tuition Purposes
Note: Idaho residency tuition does not pertain to completely online programs. Also, the following have unique fee structures:
- Athletic Training (D.A.T. and M.S.A.T.)
- Executive Master of Business Administration
- Master of Natural Resources (Environmental Education and Science Communication (@MOSS) option)
- Master of Public Administration (Online option)
Contact the program for cost specifics (may be found above).
Engineering Management Degree Requirements
The Engineering Management master’s degree requires 30 credits of coursework; a minimum of 15 credits must be engineering courses. You will earn a Master of Engineering degree with an option to complete either a master’s project or complete an additional elective with a written comprehensive exam. Degree requirements follow a variety of policies regarding transfer credits from other universities. Students work with their advisers to review transferability of other courses.
Required Courses — 12 credits
- EM 510 Engineering & Technology Management Fundamentals
- MHR 513 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
- ACCT 582 Enterprise Accounting
- STAT 431 Statistics
Quantitative Analysis — 6 credits
- 500-level engineering courses that contain a focus on qualitative analysis of an engineering subject
- 400-level or higher courses from engineering, business, math or statistics that are focused on management, process and/or qualitative content
Exit Requirement for the EM Degree Program
All students are required to complete the exit requirement in order to earn the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management. Successfully completing the exit requirement is accomplished through one of the following options.
- Option 1: Three credits of qualitative elective will be satisfied by the student passing three credits of EM 599 Non-thesis Masters Research and completing a non-thesis masters project following program requirements in effect at the time of registration. This option will include a presentation of the student's project to a committee, followed by a Final Defense typically based on the project and the student's coursework. Students must pass the oral presentation and final defense. In total through this option students complete a minimum of 30 credits to earn the EM degree.
- Option 2: In addition to the core 30 credit EM curriculum, students must pass an additional one-credit course, EM 596 Capstone Integration, following program requirements in effect at the time of registration.
- (2A) In completing EM596, students must pass the CPEM examination administered by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM) and become a Certified Professional in Engineering Management (CPEM).
- (2B) Students who do not meet the work experience requirement for the CPEM exam may choose to complete a comprehensive exam, prepared and administered by EM faculty, to satisfy EM596.
Option 2 requires the student to complete a minimum of 31 credits to earn the EM degree.
Chasing Her Dreams
U of I Boise engineering program helps alumna achieve lifelong goal.
- To expand and reinforce your existing engineering skill set
- To thoroughly examine the roles and responsibilities of an engineering manager
- To provide you with a solid foundation in engineering management and business approaches, tools and practices
- To prepare you with the knowledge and skills you will need to effectively lead a technical team
- To improve the communication skills required for success in an engineering leadership role
You will work with the student adviser to build a unique study plan around a set of core courses that allows you to meet your career objectives.
Good Career Opportunities
Engineering managers are #6 on the top 20 list of best paying jobs in the 21st century according to careerbuilder.com
Serving a Diverse Student Community
- Colorado National State Park
- Micron Technology, Inc.
- US Air Force
- Idaho National Laboratory
- Indian Health Services
- US Army Corps of Engineers
- Schweitzer Engineering
- Laboratories, Inc.
- AT K, CCI/Speer
- HDR Engineering, Inc.
- US Navy
- PacifCorp Energy
- City of Idaho Falls
- Department of Defense
- Idaho Power
- Walsh Engineering Services
- ConAgra Foods
- Washington Closure Hanford
- Parker Aerospace
Ranked #6 in Nation for Online Master's
GradSource.com recognizes U of I online engineering programs for their affordability and commitment to flexibility — something necessary for students who have to balance graduate work with a full-time job.
Ranked as a Best Value
U of I Engineering Management has been ranked by the Guide to Online Schools website as one of the best value options based on academic strength and affordability.
U of I Program Receives Accreditation
The University of Idaho College of Engineering graduate program in engineering management was awarded accreditation through 2020 by the American Society of Engineering Management (ASEM).
Named One of the Best Programs in the Nation
U of I Engineering Management has been named one of the top 50 degree programs of its kind in the country. Often called "The Engineer’s M.B.A.," a master’s degree in Engineering Management bridges the gap between engineering and management.
Engineering Management Faculty and Staff
Erik R. Coats, P.E., Ph.D.
Director, Engineering Management Program; Associate ProfessorView Profile
Lee Ostrom, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of the College of Engineering; Director of Academic Programs, Idaho Falls CenterView Profile