The MEM or the MBA: Which is right for you?

The Master of Engineering Management degree at Nebraska is ranked among the best programs in the nation, for good reason. We offer a degree of value: in total cost, personal attention, and the high level of course instruction. You’ll graduate with advanced technical knowledge in your field and in strategic leadership and business.

MEM

PREFERRED BY TECHNICAL COMPANIES

  • Primary focus on management and leadership associated with complex engineering operations or systems
  • Tailor-made for those with STEM backgrounds
  • Typically, 30 credit hours
  • Enhances both technical and business skills
MBA

PREFERRED BY NONTECHNICAL COMPANIES

  • Broader curriculum with a focus on making decisions that affect business at the firm level
  • Typically, 48 credit hours
  • May require GMAT or GRE

Key Features

MEM
  • Translate engineering projects into business plans
  • Gain skills in strategy, leadership, operations and finance
  • Receive a specialized hybrid of technical engineering and business courses

KEY SKILLS:

  • Strategic management and planning of technology
  • Leadership and organization
  • Management of technical people, projects and teams
  • Communication and presentation
MBA
  • Focus is on business management theory and practice
  • Gain knowledge in leadership, teamwork, strategic thinking and time management
  • Courses in finance, marketing, human resources and strategy

KEY SKILLS:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Leadership and organization
  • Innovation
  • Communication

What you'll need to earn a graduate degree

MEM
  • Engineering or science-related undergraduate degree
  • Relevant work experience in engineering or technology
  • Appeals to professionals at all levels: those beginning careers in management and mid-career engineers wanting to enhance their strategic and managerial skills
MBA
  • General bachelor’s degree
  • Most require 1-2 years of any type of work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership experience: internships, other organizations/groups

Jobs and Opportunities

MEM
$110,000
AVERAGE SALARY - ENGINEERING MANAGER

Our graduates primarily work in:

  • High-tech companies
  • Construction Management
  • Research and Development
  • Biomedical companies
  • Engineering Services
  • Manufacturing

More than 90% of graduates work in technology industry

MBA
$102,495
AVERAGE SALARY AND BONUS

Graduates primarily work in:

  • Economics
  • Banking
  • Marketing
  • Financial and Investment
  • Retail, hospitality, general services
  • Human Resources
  • Non-profit organizations

More than 30% of graduates work in technology industry

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