University of Dayton School of Engineering

Master of Science in Engineering Management or Management Science

Ready to transition to a leadership or management position? Our program will enhance your technical expertise while developing your management skills.

You don't have to interrupt your career to earn a master's degree in engineering management. We also offer an innovative distance learning format that brings the classroom to you. Our convenient classes — offered in a traditional classroom setting and in a simultaneously online environment — enable working professionals to continue to move ahead professionally while completing their degrees in as little as two years. To accommodate working professionals, courses are offered during each of the fall, spring and summer semesters, either over the lunch hour or in the late afternoon or evening. And all simulcast courses are also recorded, enabling on-campus and Internet-based students the ability to playback classroom sessions at their convenience.

Career Outlook and Highlights 

The University of Dayton's engineering management graduate programs help students build the analytical and managerial skills needed to plan, design, optimize and direct complex systems, programs and processes. 

  • College Choice and U.S. News rate the University of Dayton's graduate engineering school in the top 60 in the nation. 
  • No. 1 — Catholic university for sponsored engineering R&D 

Master of Science in Engineering Management

Plan of Study

University catalog for Master of Science in Engineering Management

A minimum of 36 semester hours.

  • 21 Semester Hours − Core Courses
  • 3 Semester Hours − Management-focused electives
  • 6 Semester Hours − Application-focused electives 
  • 6 Semester Hours − Approved electives of choice  

Master of Science in Management Science

Plan of Study

University catalog for Master of Science in Management Science

A minimum of 36 semester hours.

  • 12 Semester Hours − Core Courses
  • 6 Semester Hours −Probabilistic Modeling Electives
  • 6 Semester Hours − Deterministic Modeling Electives
  • 12 Semester Hours −Additional in-depth MSC courses- appropriate to the student's objectives, as approved by the advisor. Two of these courses may be replaced by a 6-semester hour Master's thesis.


Engineering Management & Systems Research

  • Artificial intelligence & pattern recognition
  • Engineering education
  • Modeling & simulation
  • Lean six-sigma
  • Operations research analysis
  • Reliability & maintainability
  • Statistical modeling and experimental design

Program Details

Our graduates are successful because they understand foundational concepts in statistics, operations research, simulation and practice applying these — using real-world data and current analysis tools — in diverse arenas, enabling them to solve problems they’ve been facing on the job. We offer the following two graduate programs:

  • The Master of Science program in Engineering Management (ENM) offers practicing engineers the analytical tools and management skills needed to plan, design, optimize and direct complex programs, processes and systems and to lead the teams that make them work.
  • The Master of Science program in Management Science (MSC) teaches technical professionals how to apply the quantitative techniques and tools of operations research to solve problems in business, industry and government.

Toward the end of your program of study, you can complete a capstone project that will enable you to demonstrate your ability to translate coursework into real-world application. Alternately, if you aspire toward an eventual doctorate degree, you will be encouraged to work with our faculty on a research project that will culminate in a master’s thesis. Click here to read research done by our recent graduates. 

Admission Requirements

In addition to the online application, you should submit the following:

  1. Official academic records of all previously attended colleges or universities must be submitted directly from the colleges or universities to the Office of Graduate Admission Processing. Hand-carried transcripts, official copies marked Issued to Student and unofficial copies are not acceptable.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from professors or employers.
  3. A personal statement or résumé.
  4. Results from the GRE are not required. However, candidates are welcome to submit a score in support of their application.

Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited program in engineering, physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or other appropriate program of study. Applicants with a different undergraduate degree may be required to complete prerequisites. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Some programs require higher GPAs for admission. In some cases, applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may be admitted on a conditional basis.

Additional requirements apply for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications accepted on a rolling basis with the following approximate general deadlines:

  • Fall Term: June 15th
  • Spring Term: November 15th
  • Summer Term: March 15th

Please contact your department chair to follow up on exact deadlines.

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Department of Engineering Management, Systems, & Technology Graduate Programs

Kettering Laboratories 365 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0236