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Program at a Glance

College of Engineering and Computer Science
Industrial Engr & Mgmt Sys
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The Engineering Management MSEM focuses on effective decision-making in engineering and technological organizations. The industrial engineering graduate programs are structured to support the emergence of Central Florida as a national center of high technology as well as supporting the diverse service industries in the region and throughout the nation.

This program can be taken entirely through the Center for Online and Virtual Education (COVE), which provides video‐streamed versions of classes over the Internet. More information about this program can be found here or (407) 823‐3814.

The MSEM program offers both thesis and nonthesis options with each requiring 30 credit hours of courses. At least half of the regular coursework (including thesis hours) must be at the 6000 level. A cumulative grade-point average of B (3.0) must be maintained in the entire program of study.

A program of study must be developed and approved by the graduate program director during the first semester of enrollment.

Thesis Option: The thesis option requires 30 credit hours: 9 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of concentration courses, 6 credit hours of electives, and 6 thesis credit hours. Students must also write and successfully defend a thesis.

Nonthesis Option: The nonthesis option requires 30 credit hours: 9 credit hours of required courses, 9 credit hours of concentration courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and a 3 credit Capstone course (EIN6950).

Research studies are required in one or more courses. The research study and report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices. In addition, students may engage in directed independent studies, directed research or a research report during their studies.

Students on assistantships must take 9 credit hours per semester (Fall, Spring) to satisfy the university's requirement for full-time status. Most students working full time take 6 credit hours per semester. At that rate, the program can be completed in 6 semesters or less. However, students with more time available and with an early start on a thesis, if applicable, can finish the program in 3 semesters.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Please note: Engineering Management (MS) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

International students (F or J visa) are required to enroll in a full-time course load of 9 credit hours during the fall and spring semesters. Only 3 of the 9 credit hours may be taken in a completely online format. For a detailed listing of enrollment requirements for international students, please visit UCF Global. If you have questions, please consult UCF Global at (407) 823-2337.

UCF is not authorized to provide online courses or instruction to students in some states. Refer to State Restrictions for current information.

Application Deadlines

December 1
July 1
July 1
January 15

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