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The degree
To meet the career needs of 21st Century technical managers, the University of Florida offers an Engineering Management master’s degree program to working professionals. This joint program between UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the Master of Business Administration Program of UF’s Warrington College of Business enables students to earn a master’s degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering with an engineering management track.

Convenient schedule
The program is designed so that working professionals are able to balance work, including business travel, family activities and studies, without having to choose an online program. The classes are presented live by UF engineering and business faculty one weekend per month, with two full days of instruction on Saturday and Sunday (see class meeting schedule).

Lock-step format
The class sequence begins every August. One business and one engineering course are offered each term. Due to the nature of the program, all coursework must be taken in sequence with all the other students in the class. Students complete the program in 20 months.

Interaction
Much of the work is done in groups. This approach is used for case studies and presentations in both the engineering and the business classes. Teams are organized, and students who live in the same geographic area may choose to collaborate outside of class. This works hand in hand with the OEM program’s web resources, which make communicating with teammates and other classmates very convenient, even while students are traveling. Faculty and teaching assistants are in daily contact with the class through the Internet. Additionally, the OEM Program will occasionally arrange for optional face-to-face study sessions for students to meet as a group with faculty and/or teaching assistants if that is desired or needed.

Engineering courses
The core of the engineering portion of the curriculum is optimization and statistics. Complex business systems can be modeled mathematically and the resulting models optimized as aids to informed decision making. By developing probability and statistics models, managers can manage risk, and monitor and control business processes for maximum effectiveness. By managing complex logistics functions, manufacturing and service processes can be designed and operated to gain competitive advantage. An OEM graduate grounded in these essentials is prepared to manage complex technological projects and to coordinate all functions of a modern enterprise.

MBA courses
OEM students complete the MBA core classes taught by senior MBA faculty and receive a solid working background in organizational behavior, accounting, finance, marketing, and business policy. These core classes also qualify OEM students to apply for a concurrent degree program which awards an MBA degree after only 12 additional months of study.

Benefits

New Technical & Management Skills
The Engineering Management master’s degree option fills a special niche: technical people with professional experience who want management skills but also want to stay in the technical realm. The OEM curriculum provides advanced training in optimization and statistics, as well as the MBA core.

New Contacts

  • The live instruction format allows you to interact in a face-to-face environment. Our program attracts other technical professionals who are facing the same issues that you face. Many students tell us that one of the most rewarding aspects of the OEM experience is the development of lifelong friendships and professional contacts.
  • The professors who teach in the program are highly accomplished, and are among the best instructors in their fields. In addition to classroom interaction with faculty during the program, you’ll have the opportunity to work individually with a faculty mentor for an in-depth capstone project in the final semester.
  • You’ll join a growing network of more than 750 OEM students and alumni.

Resources and Support

  • Program staff handle most administrative details for students, such as registration for courses, and assistance with a variety of UF offices, including the Office of Student Financial Aid, the Office of Veterans Affairs, the Graduate School, the Bursar’s Office, and the Office of the Registrar.
  • As a UF student, you will have access to the same resources as traditional students (e.g., student loans, job placement, all state university libraries, commencement ceremony, sporting events). Your transcript will not show a distinction from the on-campus program.

Degree Recognition
Both the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering and the MBA program at the University of Florida consistently receive excellent rankings. The program is also respected by the nation’s best companies. Graduates from the Engineering Management on-campus program have been placed with such companies as IBM, Intel, i2 Technologies, Accenture, and Ernst & Young. The most common student employers include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation,  Siemens Energy, the US Military, Disney, and NASA.

Program History

Background
The program began in its outreach format in 1996. Since that time, we have rotated locations several times in response to demand. OEM has been well received by students and, by all apparent means of evaluation, is a success. It is offered annually, with a new program beginning each August. To date, more than 750 students have chosen to enhance their career opportunities by enrolling in this engineering master’s degree option.

Offerings to date

Offering    Matriculation    Graduation    Location    Status   
1st    August 1996    May 1998    South Florida    completed   
2nd    August 1998    May 2000    West Palm Beach    completed   
3rd    August 1999    May 2001    West Palm Beach    completed   
4th    August 2000    May 2002    Gainesville    completed   
5th    August 2001    May 2003    Gainesville    completed   
6th    August 2002    May 2004    Gainesville    completed   
7th    August 2003    May 2005    Cape Canaveral    completed   
8th    August 2004    May 2006    Cape Canaveral    completed   
9th    August 2005    May 2007    Cape Canaveral    completed   
10th    August 2006    May 2008    Orlando    completed   
11th    August 2007    May 2009    Orlando    completed   
12th    August 2008    May 2010    Orlando    completed   
13th    August 2009    May 2011    Orlando    completed   
14th    August 2010    May 2012    Orlando    completed   
15th    August 2011    May 2013    Orlando    completed   
16th    August 2012    May 2014    Orlando    completed   
17th    August 2013    May 2015    Orlando    completed   
18th    August 2014    May 2016    Orlando    completed   
19th    August 2015    May 2017    Orlando    completed   
20th    August 2016    May 2018    Orlando    in progress   
21st    August 2017    May 2019    Orlando    in progress   
22nd    August 2018    May 2020    Orlando    *applications invited*   

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