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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 My ASU. 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.

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 after a second attempt will need to identify a new major.

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

Engineering management curriculum updates

  1. Spring 2022: IEE 376 Operations Research Deterministic Techniques/Applications: Changing from 3 credits to 4. This course will now included a dedicated lab.

*****See SCAI 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

SB (Social Behavioral) – 6 hours

HU or SB Upper Division (Humanities or Social Behavioral) — 3 Hours

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. 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: 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 ALA 102, ABS 270, SOS 100, SOS 110, SOS 111, SOS 171, PUP 190, SES 106 and FSE 301 (if not being used as a technical elective)
    • Global engineering electives would be chosen from advisor-approved special topics.
    • Additional electives may be submitted to advisors for review and approval
  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


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

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

Green Belt Certificates will be awarded to qualifying students 6-8 weeks following the official degree conferral date for the semester in which they are awarded their undergraduate degree. It is not possible to be awarded either Green Belt Certificate independent of completing the Engineering Management BSE or Industrial Engineering BSE program.

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