Department of Engineering Management and Systems

About the Graduate Programs

We offer Master of Science (M.S.) degree programs in engineering management and management science (operations research) and perform research in the related areas of production engineering, reliability, statistical analysis, experimental design, quality assurance including statistical process control (SPC) and Six-Sigma, computer simulation modeling, artificial intelligence and optimization. Also offered are certificate programs — Design of Experiments, Human Factors, Six Sigma, or Systems Engineering.

Engineering Management (M.S.)

If you have an engineering, math or science degree and are ready to transition to a leadership or management position, this degree is for you. Enhance your technical skills while developing your management skills. You will study organizational behavior, systems engineering, engineering economy, computer simulation modeling, decision making and operations research, along with an elective program you can tailor to your interests.

Management Science (M.S.)

If you are technically oriented, enjoy problem solving and have some quantitative skills, this degree may be for you. You do not need to be an engineer to study management science. Applicants should have at least three semesters of analytic geometry and calculus. A liberal elective program allows you to take courses in the School of Business Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences and even the School of Education and Allied Professions. You will study optimization, queuing analysis, forecasting, reliability, production engineering and many other topics.

Live from Dayton!

You don't have to interrupt your career to earn a master's degree in engineering management or management science.  For the convenience of our students, the University of Dayton Engineering Management and Management Science programs now bring the classroom to you.  Graduate courses are conducted live over the Internet at the University of Dayton for engineers throughout the world and are offered year round.

Most courses are simulcast (offered in the classroom at the same time as they are offered via distance learning) and recorded for future reference for the students.

Courses are typically offered simultaneously on campus and via the Internet at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. These classes are one hour and fifteen minutes in duration and meet twice per week, typically Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, thus enabling a student to complete our 36 credit hour programs in two years.


Graduate students complete a research effort toward the end of their program of study by which they demonstrate their ability to translate coursework learned into a significant real-world area of application.  Engineering management students will complete an engineering case study, and management science students will complete an operations research project. For example, our graduate students have

  • optimized manufacturing, assembly and sequencing operations for a new facility
  • developed a model for selecting a supplier for gas turbine engines
  • improved production and beer packaging for the Miller Brewing Company
  • reduced corrosion of carbon steel yoke
  • improved production rates on the Delphi Chassis drum brake wheel cylinder assembly line
  • analyzed the waiting lines at the Snowshoe Ski Area in West Virginia
  • analyzed failure data for the avionics systems on the AC-130U gunship
  • optimized a water distribution system for the southern Montgomery County water treatment plant
View our students' past research for either the Engineering Management ENM 590 capstone course or the Management Science MSC 535 capstone project, check out the titles at our Student Resources section.