Engineering Management and Leadership

Program Overview

The 100% online, engineering management and leadership (ENML) concentration offers an area of specialization for students in the Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) / Master of Science (MS) degree in Partnership with Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business. This program was created for professionals who wish to build a competitive edge in a wide variety of industries. 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 associated with leadership in the global marketplace. 

You'll learn from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus at Purdue and Indiana University and graduate with an MSE/MS from Purdue. You will also receive a certificate in Business Management from IU. 

Purdue University is ranked #1 in Best Online Master's in Engineering Management Programs by U.S. News and World Report, 2024. Purdue University's online graduate engineering program is consistently ranked among the top three online programs by U.S. News and World Report, 2024. IU Kelley School of Business graduate programs are nationally ranked by the U.S. News and World Report. 

Candidates interested in a more extensive engineering and business education opportunity can explore our Dual Master's in Engineering + MBA Degree. 

Course Topical Areas: 

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

Degree Requirements with the Engineering Management and Leadership Concentration

The Interdisciplinary Engineering (MSE or MS) degree requires a total of 30 credit hours with at least 18 hours of Purdue, graduate level, engineering courses. The ENML concentration requires 3 additional credits for a total of 33 credit hours (21 credit hours from Purdue and 12 credit hours of transfer credits from IU); all requirements are to be met within 33 total hours. 

Process Details: 

  • Once you've completed at least 9 hours of courses from Purdue and have a minimum cumulative Purdue GPA of 3.0, you may begin business courses at IU. At this time, your academic advisor will assist you with formal admission to IU for this purpose. 
  • Upon successful completion of business courses (B- or better in each course), a Certificate in Business Management is awarded by IU.  
  • IU courses will be transferred to Purdue in order to complete the Interdisciplinary Engineering MS(E)/MS degree.  

Please note that there are separate tuition costs for business management courses and additional fees for books may apply. Visit IU’s Online Business Management Certificate webpage for more detailed information. 

  • BUKD-C521 Managing Accounting Information for Decision Making 
  • BUKD-C570 Strategic Marketing Management 
  • BUKD-C580 Operations Management 
  • BUKD-C560 Strategic Management and Business Planning OR C562 Developing Strategic Capabilities 

BUKD-C521, BUKD-C570, and BUKD-C580 must be taken before BUKD-C560 or BUKD-C562Visit IU’s Online Business Management Certificate webpage for more detailed course information.

Courses with engineering prefixes (AAE, BME, CE, ECE, ENE, IE, ME, MSE, NUCL and SYS.) will fulfill this requirement. To see what courses are available, please visit our courses page. 

Any courses listed on our courses page will fulfill this requirement, including available non-engineering courses.

All questions regarding courses and transfer credits should be directed to a student’s academic advisor. 

Creating Your Plan of Study 

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 an Electronic Plan of Study (EPOS) to best fit your educational needs and career goals.   

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements. This website is a knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.