The MEM or the MBA: Which is right for you?
There are many factors that can impact the decision to pursue a graduate degree. From finding the right program to securing resources and making personal sacrifices, the decision process is undeniably hard.
We have created a checklist for you to help you make the decision that is right for you. For more information, you can always reach out to a member of our team by filling out the form on this page or by sending an email to our MEM Coordinator.
What you'll need to earn a graduate degree
Jobs and Opportunities
- IEEE USA InSight. “Engineering Management Programs: The right move for you?” https://insight.ieeeusa.org/articles/engineering-management-programs/ (April 6, 2019)
- American Society for Mechanical Engineers. “The Rise of the Master of Engineering Management Degree”, https://www.asme.org/career-education/articles/career-and-education/rise-master-engineering-management-degree (May 2018)
- The Chronicle of Higher Education. “Their Graduates in Demand, Engineering-Management Programs Gain in Popularity”, https://www.chronicle.com/article/Their-Graduates-in-Demand/245185 (Nov. 28, 2018)
The Engineering Career Coach Podcast provides career advice to engineers of all ages and experience levels. The host of the show, an engineer himself, Jeff Perry, interviews engineers ranging from recent engineering graduates to professionals from top engineering organizations on different career goals and challenges. Topics covered include but are not limited to job search, goal setting, finding a mentor, obtaining the right credentials, communication skills, public speaking, networking, organizational skills, productivity, leadership, and more.
Master's Degrees Comparison
|Curriculum||Technical & Operational knowledge/skills; Aligned with EMBOK: Engineering Management Body of Knowledge||Core Business & Marketing Knowledge for General Business|
|Industry||Managing & Leading
Engineering & Technology
|Academic Background||STEM; Mostly Engineering
|No Restriction (A to Z: Art to Zoology)
Work Experience (Mixed)
|Learning Env. & Experience||Streamlined Courses & Resources
Cross Pollination of Ideas
|Academic Preparedness & Perspectives|
|Credit hours||Most 30 Credits||Most in 40s and Higher|
|Focus||Operations & Functional Level
Applied; Immediate Job Utility
|High; Firm/Business Level
With engineering industry experience
Academic experience or lacking engineering experience
|Confirm with Supervisor or HR|