The EM program begins with MSE 600, which is a course on decision tools for engineering managers. This decision-making ability is a fundamental skill that all engineering managers must possess in order to make decisions related to diverse project elements. Students then engage in an engineering economics and financial analysis course, in which they acquire the decision-making tools related to a project’s economics and financial aspects. This is followed by a course on leadership and marketing. The student then transitions into a course on innovation and entrepreneurship, which focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills, and thus on the creation of an entrepreneurial mindset.

Further courses address the topics of Project Management, Operations Management, as well as Quality Management; students will gain a deep familiarity with these topics, and know how to apply them. Lastly, participants receive instruction on sustainability and supply chain management – both crucial components of the modern engineering industry. Since these two factors give engineering projects a major competitive advantage, they are a must-know for all engineering managers.

The program’s culminating experience focuses on the integration of skills obtained from the curriculum to carry out a real-life case study/project. This final program component instills within students the selectivity necessary to choose the most accurate and relevant skills for any given project.

Course List (11 courses, 33 units)

  • MSE 600: Decision Tools for Engineering Managers
  • MSE 604: Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis
  • MSE 608B: Leadership for Engineering Professionals
  • GBUS 593: Marketing Management Seminar
  • MSE 602: Entrepreneurship and Engineering Innovation Management
  • MSE 402: Engineering Project Management
  • MSE 606: Production and Operations Management for Engineers
  • MSE 617: Seminar in Quality Management
  • MSE 540: Sustainability for Engineers
  • MSE 610: Engineering Supply-Chain Systems
  • MSE 697: Directed Comprehensive Studies and Comprehensive Exam

Course Highlights

Courses are offered in the following sequence:

course name units description
MSE 600

Decision Tools for Engineering Managers

3 units

In this introductory course, students undertake data collection and learn to utilize appropriate statistical, forecasting, optimization, and simulation tools to make and analyze engineering management decisions. The focus is on formal quantitative modeling, with a strong recognition of the behavioral and political contexts of decision making in complex organizations. The course uses appropriate software to teach spreadsheet modeling.
MSE 604

Engineering Economy and Financial Analysis

3 units

This course enables students to use an engineering mindset to evaluate a project’s economic feasibility. Students learn to compare, analyze, and apply economic alternatives while studying the implications of depreciation, inflation, currency-exchange rates, and taxation on project profitability. The course also provides a review of cost estimation, accounting, and essential financial statements, including income, cash flow, and balance sheets. Additional financial decision-making applications are also briefly covered.
MSE 608B

Leadership for Engineering Professionals

3 units

Students study the leadership attributes, theories, and concepts needed to succeed in today’s rapidly changing, high-tech workplace. They also examine the field’s unique management considerations, including employee selection, performance evaluation, conflict resolution, and termination.
GBUS 593

Marketing Management Seminar

3 units

This seminar integrates the fields of marketing and management and draws on previous coursework to give students a basic understanding of business strategy. Students also receive an overview of marketing, management, and business strategy theory. The course uses real world cases and simulations to help students synthesize the seminar’s concepts with earlier coursework.
MSE 602

Entrepreneurship and Innovation for Engineering Professionals

3 units

In this course, students gain the entrepreneurial competencies necessary to approach the engineering discipline with a fresh, innovative mindset. The class seeks to instill within students an entrepreneurial thought process so that, upon course completion, concepts, theories, and principles remain practice-ready. As a final course component, students will write a business plan for a new or existing company.
MSE 402 Engineering Project Management

3 units

This overview of the engineering project management process—from the feasibility stage through close out—covers project initiation, screening, and selection. It also examines organizational and project structure, time-and-cost estimation, budgeting, work-plan development, and resources scheduling. This course provides additional insight into risk management, work tracking, team management, partnering projects, and close out. Students learn to use appropriate project-management software. This course also counts for PDUs toward PMI tests.
MSE 606

Production and Operations Management for Engineers

3 units

In this course, students explore a variety of production and operations management topics, including production planning and systems management. The course also outlines specific strategies to help students gain a competitive edge in the manufacturing and service industries.
MSE 617

Seminar in Quality Management

3 units

This seminar uses case studies to provide a comprehensive overview of quality management concepts needed by engineering managers. Students learn how to apply their theoretical knowledge to the current technical business environment, as well as how to use surveys to gain insight into customer experience and expectations. The course also teaches students to implement Quality Function Deployment (QFD) in high-tech firms.
MSE 540

Sustainability for Engineers

3 units

Students explore and construct innovative methods to achieve sustainability in the engineering field by examining the economic, environmental, and social components of contemporary industry. Also included in the course is a detailed explanation of sustainability models and best practices for the modern engineer.
MSE 610

Engineering Supply-Chain Systems

3 units

In this course, students examine supply chain design and distribution networks, with a focus on coordination and communication in the global environment, as well as sourcing, pricing, promotion, and supplier qualification.
MSE 697

Directed Comprehensive Studies and Comprehensive Exam

3 units

Both preparation for and completion of written comprehensive case studies as well as successful completion of the program’s Comprehensive Examination are required to earn CSUN’s Master of Science in Engineering Management.