Earn a Master’s Degree at a distance from Purdue College of Engineering with Concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership
Whom It’s For
This online degree area of concentration is appropriate for practicing engineers aspiring to advance their career along a path of
steadily increasing responsibility within an engineering or technology based organization. The program can be customized according
to the individual’s level of experience and ultimate objectives.
The online Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) with concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership is for those with an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited
engineering program or one of equivalent standards. The Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Engineering Management and Leadership is available for those whose
undergraduate degree is in an engineering related field such as physics, mathematics, or computer science. Along with the master’s degree from Purdue
University, the student may simultaneously earn a Certificate in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Thunderbird
is consistently named #1 in international business by U.S. News & World Report.
This is a unique program designed to prepare engineers to work and lead in the 21st century. As a National Academy of Engineering publication
The Engineer of 2020 asserts "... with the growing interdependence between technology and the economic and
social foundations of modern society, there will be an increasing number of opportunities for engineers to exercise their potential
In light of this study by the National Academy and similar studies around the world, the College of Engineering at
Purdue envisions a new landscape of the knowledge, abilities, and attributes required of the
practicing engineer in the 21st century:
- Excellence in science, math, and engineering fundamentals as core skills continuously replenished through lifelong learning and professional development
- Integration of engineering and business perspectives in design and decision making
- Capacity to lead and innovate within an environment of global change
Additional influences on the design of this program include ideas pertaining to the globalization of technology and of technical work as expressed in
such books as The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman, All Connected Now by Walter Anderson, and From Global to Metanational by Yves
Doz, Jose Santos, and Peter Williamson.
The curriculum is highly flexible and contains two primary parts: 1) to increase engineering and technical skills, particularly at the systems level,
and 2) to build strategic management skills, particularly those associated with leadership in the global marketplace. The engineering courses will be
offered by the Purdue College of Engineering and the student will be embedded in classes composed of engineers who are seeking graduate degrees in various
engineering disciplines. The business courses will be taught by the Thunderbird School of Global Management and the student will be embedded in classes
composed of those seeking the MBA or already have attained an MBA. Video clip for more history about this new option.
Graduates will have increased their engineering background in both depth and breadth. They will have expanded their knowledge in management and leadership
from both engineering and business perspectives. They will have gained global awareness and increased their ability to work within and lead interdisciplinary
teams, projects and organizations involving engineers as well as non-technical professionals - each critical to achieving success.
Courses taken from Purdue University are available primarily through streaming video over the internet and downloadable MPEG-4
files. Access system requirements on our website.
Courses taken from Thunderbird are available through a web-based learning management system which includes activities such as
asynchronous web-videos, discussion boards, synchronous webcasts, and chat rooms. Access Thunderbird's system requirements on their website.
The business courses and certain of the engineering courses involve significant interaction and communication between individual students as well as between
student teams. All of the interactive exercises are designed to accommodate employed engineers located in any time zone.
This degree option in Engineering Management and Leadership requires completion of 33 credit hours. Of these, 21 credits will consist of Purdue courses and 12 credits will be transferred from Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Following admission, each student will have responsibility to develop a plan of study requiring approval of their academic advisory committee. A committee
chair or primary advisor will work with the student in developing a plan of study appropriate to his or her current career situation and objectives for
Each plan of study must include 21 credits of courses offered online by Purdue University. As a guideline, the student should consider taking three or
four courses aimed at providing depth within their chosen engineering discipline. In addition the typical student will also take three or four 3-credit
engineering courses emphasizing systems design and development. Examples of such courses are listed below. To view a complete list of available courses
and descriptions for the courses below, access the Purdue course planning guide on our website.
|Course Number ||Course Name|
|AAE 55000 ||Multidisciplinary Design Optimization|
|AAE 55200 ||Nondestructive Evaluation of Structures and Materials|
|AAE 56000 ||System of Systems Modeling and Analysis|
|AAE 56400 ||Systems Analysis and Synthesis|
|ECE 58000 ||Optimization Methods for Systems and Control|
|ECE 63300 ||Modeling & Simulation of Power System Components|
|ECE 67000 ||Modeling & Optimization of High Performance Interconnects|
|ECE 69500 ||Power Electronic Converters and Systems|
|ENE 55400 ||Globalization and Engineering|
|IE 53000 ||Quality Control|
|IE 53200 ||Reliability|
|IE 53300 ||Industrial Applications of Statistics|
|IE 54500 ||Engineering Economic Analysis|
|IE 54600 ||Economic Decisions in Engineering|
|IE 55800 ||Safety Engineering|
|IE 57000 ||Manufacturing Process Engineering|
|IE 57700 ||Human Factors in Engineering|
|IE 58000 ||Systems Simulation|
|IE 58200 ||Advanced Facilities Design|
|IE 59000 ||Applied Ergonomics|
|IE 59000 ||Introduction to Systems Engineering|
|IE 59000 ||Manufacturing Economics|
|IE 67400 ||Computer & Communications Methods for Production Control |
|ME 55300 ||Product and Process Design|
|ME 55700 ||Design for Manufacturability (requires 3 on-campus, Saturday labs) |
|ME 57100 ||Reliability-Based Design|
|MSE 59700 ||Lean Manufacturing|
Thunderbird School of Global Management Courses
Each plan of study must include 12 transfer credits selected from the list below. View Thunderbird course descriptions and schedule.
||Global Political Economy
||Competing Through People
||Business and Managerial Communications
||Fundamentals of Accounting
||Managerial Decision Making
||Global Operations Management
||Purdue STAT 511
*Required course for the Certificate in Global Management.
Although not eligible for inclusion in the 33 required credits, students may be interested in the following courses as optional
- Capstone Project Course (3 credits) - Under the direction of a Purdue faculty member, the student will define and complete a
project aimed at practical application of what was learned within the degree program. The project may be work related and/or
- Regional Business Environment (3 credits) - This Thunderbird course deals with the political and social context in which business activities
take place within a selected region of the world. It includes an onsite component delivered at the selected site in Asia, Europe,
or Latin America. Thunderbird tuition and additional fees to cover the on-site costs are associated with this course.
1. Students must meet the eligibility requirements for the MSE (Masters of Science in Engineering) or MS (Masters of Science) degree
2. Applicants whose native language is not English, and who did not receive a qualifying undergraduate degree in a country where English is the
native language, are required to take the TOEFL exam. The TOEFL requirements for this degree option are slightly higher than those for other
engineering programs offered at Purdue. For this program, minimum TOEFL scores are 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer based), or 100 (Internet-based).
3. Students in this program must complete 3 courses (9 credit hours) on their plan of study from Purdue University and maintain a 3.0 GPA before
registering for business courses.
Tuition and Fees
Purdue course tuition. The tuition for Thunderbird courses is $1,205 per credit hour for Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Summer 2014. Tuition is subject to change every
fall. In addition to tuition, course materials such as textbooks, electronic coursepacks, and
cases/journals are required for each course. The average cost for course materials per course is $130.00. The tuition and fees listed on this page only apply to students enrolled in the Engineering
Management and Leadership Concentration.