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Engineering Management & Leadership

Program Overview

The 100% online, 33-credit hour engineering management & leadership (ENML) concentration is packed in our Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)/Master of Science (MS) degree in partnership with Indiana University, Kelley School of Business. This program is designed to equip students with practical business intelligence and research. You’ll learn how to make your work days more effective—so that while you keep one eye on your daily responsibilities, you can keep the other on big-picture strategy and goals.  As a student in this program, you will focus heavily on increasing engineering and technical skills, particularly at the systems level, while building strategic management skills, particularly those associated with leadership in the global marketplace. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is ranked #3 by U.S. News and World Report, along with the IU Kelley School of Business graduate program nationally ranked #1 by the U.S. News and World Report.

You'll learn from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus at Purdue and Indiana University and graduate with an MSE or MS from Purdue and Certificate in Business Management from IU. The Business Management Certificate offers an understanding on how to improve business operations.

Course Topical Areas:

Systems Design and Development Strategic Business Planning
Accounting and Decision Making Strategic Marketing and Operations Management

Online Plan of Study Overview

The MSE/MS master's program offers a wide range of flexibility in course options. After you begin your studies at Purdue, an academic advisor will help you create a Plan of Study (POS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals.  As you customize your plan of study with a wide selection of in-demand engineering courses, you will also be able to expand your management skills with business courses taught by Indiana University, Kelly School of Business. Every POS varies based on student interest, time, and course load.

Degree requirements checklist:

_____ total from Systems Design & Development area (9 hours)
_____ total other engineering  courses (9 hours)
_____ total other elective courses (3)
_____ total business management courses (12 hours)

_____ total credit hours (33 hours)

View Detailed ENML concentration requirements


Bachelor of Science degree from an engineering ABET-accredited program or equivalent.*

* If you hold a bachelor’s degree in an Engineering-related area (Science, Mathematics or Technology) or from an Engineering program that is not ABET-accredited, you will need to demonstrate minimum math compliance: 

  • 2 Completed College Level Engineering Calculus Courses
  • 1 Completed Differential Equations or Linear Algebra Course

3.0/4.0 Minimum GPA


  • Application to the Purdue Graduate School with paid application fee ($60/$75)
    • Campus: Purdue West Lafayette
    • Major: Interdisciplinary Engineering
    • Area of Interest: Engineering Management & Leadership
  • Statement of Purpose (300-500 words)
  • GMAT/GRE (recommended by not required)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • TOEFL scores (international only)
  • Current Resume
  • Math requirement compliance where applicable


Documents Required by Country

IU Kelley Costs

There are separate tuition costs for your online engineering courses and online Business management courses you will be taking in this program.  The current tuition rate for the online Kelley courses is $1,145 per credit hour (Tuition and fees are subject to change every academic year). As part of your Kelley studies, there are additional costs for books and a $150 financial accounting prep course.

Alumni Testimony

David Price"David Price Engineering Manager, General Electric Aviation Graduated 2013 Interdisciplinary Engineering, Concentration in Engineering Management & Leadership"

Engineering Manager, General Electric Aviation

Interdisciplinary Engineering, Concentration in Engineering Management & Leadership, Graduated 2013

Price is an integral part of GE’s Aviation Engineering Leadership team. At GE, Price manages continuous projects; balances cost, time, and quality constraints; champions improvement initiatives; and recruits top talent to the organization. 

At Purdue, Price was pursuing his third master’s degree. Purdue’s program helped Price master new engineering skills, and it also showed him that he could compete with the best and brightest engineering students in the country. Price believes that achieving success in the modern job market requires continually learning new skills, and through an online Master’s degree was a big-time commitment, he appreciated the challenging and relevant curriculum and the chance to connect with some of the best professors anywhere. Purdue’s history and tradition of excellence are what drew Price to the program, but he also appreciated how Interdisciplinary Engineering prepared him for the future.