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Engineering management degree requirements: online

The Engineering Management curriculum provides a breadth of engineering science and design with depth in one specific engineering area suitable for practice. Topics covered include project and resource management, financial engineering, risk management, configuration management, service plans, product liability, entrepreneurship, and operations management complemented by product design and process development.

Program structure

The majority of the courses for the Engineering Management online program are offered in a 7.5 week class length, the structure of the Fall and Spring semesters (A and B sessions). There will be some key necessary courses that may need to be offered during a 15 week, C session time frame. Students will need to keep in mind these are rigorous courses with the same content as the 15 week session condensed into a 7.5 week class. Students can enroll in both sessions when enrollment for the semester opens. Students should keep an eye on their my ASU portal for upcoming enrollment dates. Students need to be mindful of the academic calendar, which can be accessed through MyASU. Or students can bookmark . The academic calendar will show important dates throughout the semester, such as drop/add dates, tuition due dates and refund dates. The drop date for the 7.5 week session is typically one day into the class.

Please note: Summer classes are handled differently. All IEE courses for summer will be offered during the 8 Week C session.

Critical requirements

Arizona State University has adopted an 8 semester tracking model, which monitors completion of “critical” lower division and “necessary” upper division courses specific to each degree. This set of courses was designed to serve as predictors of academic success in the degree program. The lower division “critical” courses are shaded grey on the flowcharts and indicated on the major map. Upper division “necessary” courses are indicated with stars on the major maps. All courses listed on both the major map and the flowchart are required.

University policy allows students to retake a course one time. Students who are not successful in passing a course after a second attempt will be asked to identify a new major. CIDSE Advising will only entertain third time repeat petitions for students with extenuating circumstances. Please see your academic advisor if you have questions related to 8 semester tracking or course third time repeats.

**Students are subject to any individual course prerequisite changes despite their catalog year.

Engineering management curriculum updates

  1. Spring 2019: IEE 485 – Systems Design Capstone I: IEE 321 is now a prerequisite.
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE major; IEE 321 with C or better; IEE 458 with C or better OR Industrial Engineering BSE major; IEE 321 with C or better; IEE 376 with C or better; Pre- or corequisite(s): IEE 475 or 477
    • Starting Fall 2019, this prerequisite will be strictly enforced. No additional overrides will be granted
  2. Fall 2019: IEE 485 – Systems Design Capstone I: IEE 369 is now a prerequisite.
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE major with IEE 458, IEE 369 and IEE 321 with C or better or Industrial Engineering BSE major with IEE 376, IEE 369, and IEE 321 with C or better. Pre- or corequisite(s): Industrial Engineering students with IEE 475 or Engineering Management students with IEE 477
  3. Fall 2019: IEE 486 – Systems Design Capstone II: prerequisite adjusted: IEE 485 with C or better (IEE 369 removed)
    • Prerequisite(s): Engineering Management BSE or Industrial Engineering BSE major; minimum senior standing or post-baccalaureate; IEE 485 with C or better

*****See CIDSE Advising for any questions or concerns*****

Humanities and social behavioral university general studies requirements

HU/SB Guidelines (15 semester hours or five 3-semester hour classes)

HU (Humanities) – 6 hours needed for EM Degree

Students must complete at least two (2) humanities classes totaling 6 semester hours. One of these two classes must be upper division (300- or 400-level) and must be taken at a four-year institution. One of the two humanities courses should also include Historical awareness indicated with an “H” in the Schedule of Classes (within the General Studies category).

SB (Social Behavioral) – 9 hours needed for EM Degree

Engineering Management requires students to take ECN 212, COM 263, and a general SB or PSY 101. These courses will count toward the SB requirement and will also fulfill Cultural and Global awareness indicated with a “C” and a “G” in the Schedule of Classes (within the General Studies category).

Example of courses to complete the 15 semester-hour HU/SB requirement:

Humanities – 6 semester hours that fulfills upper division and Historical awareness requirement

  1. REL 321 (Religion in America) – Humanities (HU) plus cultural diversity and historical awareness
  2. PHI 101 (Introduction to Philosophy) – Humanities (HU)

Social Behavioral (SB) – 9 semester hours that fulfills Cultural and Global awareness requirement

  1. ECN 212 – Macroeconomics (required for EM Degree) – Social Behavioral (SB)
  2. PSY 101 – Introduction to Psychology (recommended for EM Degree) – Social Behavioral (SB)
  3. COM 263 Elements of Intercultural Communication – Social Behavioral (SB) plus cultural diversity and global awareness

Math Requirements

Engineering Management is a math intensive major, as such it requires three levels of calculus, linear algebra, and statistics and probability, and additional math electives.

Science Requirements

Engineering Managements students must complete the following 11-12 credit hours of Lab Science:

  • Basic Science Elective – Students choose one of the following: BME 111, BIO 181, BIO 182, CHM 113, GLG 101, GLG 102, or GLG 110, PHY 111/113.
  • Additional Lab Science – Students must also complete the following: PHY 121/122 and CHM 114 or CHM 116

Program electives

Total required program electives is 27 credit hours. Three categories of electives have been designed:

  1. Global Engineering or Sustainability or Entrepreneurship – 3 Credits
    • Sustainability electives would be chosen from advisor approved SOS courses, which include SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111, SOS 171, PUP 190, and ALA 102 or SES 106, FSE 301 (if not being used as a technical elective)
    • Global engineering electives would be chosen from advisor-approved special topics.
  2. Math / Science Electives – 6 Credits, see requirements by focus area below
  3. Industry/Career Focus Area Electives – 15 Credits, required courses are listed below.

Required focus area courses

2016 and Earlier:

There are 15 hours of required focus area courses that make up the Business Analytics Core.

  • IEE 376: Operations research Deterministic Techniques/Applications
  • IEE 412: Introduction to Financial Engineering
  • IEE 461: Production Control
  • IEE 474: Quality Control

2017 and Later (students can always opt to move forward to the latest catalog year):


Business Analytics

Math and Science Electives for Business Analytics:

  • MAT 275: Differential Equations
  • PHY 131: University Physics II- Electricity and Magnetism

Focus Areas Courses:

  • IEE 376: Operations research Deterministic Techniques/Applications
  • IEE 385: Engineering Statistics: Probability
  • IEE 461: Production Control
  • IEE 474: Quality Control
  • Upper Division IEE 3XX or 4XX Course

Software Engineering- Web and Mobile Applications

Math and Science Electives for Software Engineering:

  • MAT 243: Discrete Mathematics
  • CSE 230: Computer Organization and Assembly Language Programming (note that this course requires an additional prereq of CSE 120 or SER 232)

Focus Area Courses:

  • SER 222: Design and Analysis of Data Structures and Algorithms
  • SER 321: Web Based Applications and Mobile Systems
  • SER 322: Principles of Database Management
  • SER 334: Operating Systems and Networks
  • SER 421: Web Based Applications and Mobile Systems OR SER 422: Web Application Programming OR SER 423: Mobile Systems

Technical elective course options for 2016 and earlier catalog years

Students are required to select 3 hours of technical elective courses to finish out their Business Analytics Focus.

  • Upper Division IEE 3XX course or FSE 301: Entrepreneurship and Value Creation

Capstone courses

  • IEE 485/486 – Offered during C session in a two semester sequence – 6 Credits

Lean/Six Sigma Certifications

Many employers are now requiring Lean and/or Six Sigma certifications for Industrial Engineering and Technical Project Manager positions.  Lean focuses on removing non-value added processes and waste, while Six Sigma focuses on reducing variation and improving quality in value added processes.

Our undergraduate Engineering Management and Industrial Engineering programs currently offer Green Belt certificates for both Lean and Six Sigma. These certificates can be completed by achieving excellent grades in the key courses as identified below.

A minimum of two A grades and one B grade must be earned in the three classes identified for the Green Belt certificates. For most students, this can be completed without taking additional classes as long as students choose their courses wisely and achieve the required grades.

IEE 369 Work Analysis and Design
IEE 461 Production Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Six Sigma:
IEE 381 Six Sigma
IEE 474 Quality Control
IEE 486 Capstone

Students interested in either Green Belt Certificate must apply with their capstone instructor in IEE 485 and reaffirm their intention to complete the certificate/s with their instructor in IEE 486.

Green Belt Certificates will be emailed to all eligible students who have applied within two or three months after graduation.