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Engineering Management Master’s Program Awarded ASEM Accreditation

November 08, 2016

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). ASEM is the international accreditation society that represents the profession of engineering management.

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. UI’s 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, technology driven world.

The master’s degree is offered at locations in Moscow, Idaho Falls and Boise, and also live to distance education students through the college's online Engineering Outreach program. Engineer management, often referred to as the Engineer’s M.B.A., is a growing program with regular enrollment of over 40 students. It requires 30 credits and completion of either a master’s project with an oral exam or an additional elective with written exam.

“I am proud of how UI’s engineering management program has developed into a national presence. Much credit is due to former director of the program, Sandy Lieske in making this ASEM certification happen, and to our Engineering Outreach program for continuing to support our broad geographic education,” said Erik Coats, associate professor of civil engineering and director of the engineering management program. “We plan to build on the accreditation to strengthen the program by integrating the Professional Engineering Manager certification as part of earning the EM degree at UI.”

In addition to the ASEM certification, the engineering management program was recently named one of the best online engineering management degree programs in the nation by the Smart Choice rankings website

"We applaud the efforts of the faculty involved in leading and teaching the engineering management program in creating a sound program that meets the needs of employers," wrote Paul Kaufmann, ASEM executive director. "The technology used to deliver the electronic material is very robust. It has been a pleasure to review this program."

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Media Contact:

Erik R. Coats
Associate Professor of Civil Engineering
Director of Engineering Management
College of Engineering, University of Idaho

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