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Department ofEngineering Management & Leadership

Graduate Program

Master of Science in Engineering Management and Leadership

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The Engineering Management and Leadership Program is specifically designed for those engineers or computer scientists who wish to reach their career goals by expanding their business acumen while also advancing their technical knowledge. Unlike an MBA, the Master of Science Program in Engineering Management and Leadership couples technical proficiency with business comprehension, providing the optimum skill set for a wide variety of management positions from technical product manager to chief technology officer. This is a program for professionals who must balance technical capability and business understanding in the development of products and processes that have a high technological content. Our program is for those professionals who want to be valued contributors in both technical and business arenas, and who wish to sustain their technical vitality while advancing their careers.

M.S. EMGT Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of 46 quarter units to complete the master’s degree, following these guidelines:

Engineering Management Core (20 units)

  • Required Courses (10 units): EMGT 255, 322, 330, 352, and 380
  • Leadership (2 units): select from EMGT 269, 285, 324, 349, 373, or 395
  • Project, Program, and Product Management (2 units): select from EMGT 296, 307, 308, 333, 335, 338, 339, 345, 358, or 378.
  • Operations/Innovation Management (2 units): select from EMGT 253, 289, 292, 323, or 357.
  • Electives (4 units): choose any 2 EMGT courses

Technical Stem (18 units)

  • A focused set of courses from Graduate Engineering departments; see guidelines and restrictions below

Enrichment Experience (8 units)

  • Graduate Core: one course each from “Emerging Topics in Engineering” and “Engineering and Society”
  • Additional Courses: can be satisfied by any combination of a) one or more technical electives, b) additional classes from Graduate Core, and c) Cooperative Education courses (ENGR 288/289) 

Technical Stem Courses

Engineering Management and Leadership students are required to create a focused, coherent program of studies within a field of engineering. The following list areas of focus by department, which can be used as guidelines for developing the Technical Stem program.

  • Bioengineering: Biomolecular Engineering/Biotechnology; Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering; Microfluidics/Biosensors and Imaging; Computational or Translational Bioengineering
  • Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering: Structural Engineering; General Civil Engineering; Construction Engineering and Management
  • Computer Science and Engineering: Data Science; Internet of Things; Software Engineering; Information Assurance; Multimedia Processing; Computer Networks; Computer Architecture and Systems
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering: Power Systems and Control; RF and Applied Electromagnetics; Signal Processing; Digital Systems; Communications
  • Mechanical Engineering: Aerospace Engineering; Dynamics and Controls; Materials Engineering; Mechanical Design; Robotics and Mechatronic Systems; Thermofluids
  • Power Systems and Sustainable Energy

Interdisciplinary Technical Stem programs can be created to pursue areas of interest within engineering management. For example, the following program would be applicable to Industrial Engineering and/or Operations Research.

  • Probabilistic Modeling/Optimization: AMTH 210, 211, 245, 246, 362, 364, 370, 371 (optional: ELEN 235)
    • Mathematical Finance option: substitute AMTH 367 for 2 of the above
    • Network option: substitute ELEN 211 and/or 330 for 1 or 2 of the above
    • Machine Learning option: substitute COEN 240 or 281 for 1 or 2 of the above; or ELEN 520, 521


Courses for the Technical Stem of Engineering Management and Leadership are selected from the graduate course listings in the Graduate Bulletin. However, not all graduate classes listed in the bulletin are considered technical in terms of fulfilling the technical stem requirements. This is especially the case of ENGR courses. In addition, there are other limitations, some of which are listed below. Therefore, it is important that students complete a program of studies in their first term, to make sure all of the courses they select will fulfill the degree requirements.

  • All courses applied to the Engineering Management and Leadership degree must be graded courses—no P/NP courses are allowed.
  • Undergraduate courses cross-listed with graduate course numbers do not apply unless the student registers with the graduate course number.
  • Graduate seminars in other departments such as ELEN 200, COEN 400, MECH 261, MECH 297 are not applicable.
  • COEN 485 Software Engineering Capstone is not applicable to the technical stem unless students complete three one-quarter consecutive sessions beginning in the fall quarter.
  • The following courses do not count toward the technical stem: BIOE 210; CENG 208 and 292; COEN 287 and 288; ELEN 217; ENGR 245, 261, 271, 272, 273, 288, 289, 293, 302, 303, 304, 306, 330, 332, 334, 336, 338, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 349, 350, and 351.
  • Engineering Management and Leadership students are allowed to enroll in one unit of Independent Study or Directed Research under the direction of a full-time faculty member in the respective engineering department. Any additional units will not be counted toward graduation.
  • New courses are often developed and offered during the academic year that are not listed in this bulletin. It is important that students check with their advisor prior to enrolling in those courses to make sure they will count toward their degree.



All of the requirements for the engineering management and leadership degree must be completed within a six-year timeframe. In addition to the overall 3.0 GPA graduation requirement, engineering management and leadership degree candidates must earn a 3.0 GPA in those courses applied to their technical stem and a 3.0 GPA in their engineering management course stem. All courses in which a student is enrolled at Santa Clara are included in these calculations.

A completed program of studies for Engineering Management and Leadership degree candidates must be submitted to the chair of the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership during the first term of enrollment to ensure that all courses undertaken are applicable to the degree. Students who take courses that have not been approved for their program of studies by both the department chair and the Graduate Programs Office do so at their own risk, as they may not be counted toward completion of the degree.

A maximum of nine quarter units (six-semester units) of graduate-level coursework may be transferred from other accredited institutions at the discretion of the student’s advisor provided they have not been applied to a previous degree. However, in no case will the minimum units taken in the Department of Engineering Management and Leadership be fewer than 16. Extension classes, continuing education classes, professional development courses, or classes from international universities are not accepted for transfer credits.

Note: International students or students not fluent in the English language should enroll in one or more of the following courses prior to enrolling in advanced courses in engineering management:

  • EMGT 270 Effective Oral Technical Presentations
  • EMGT 272 Effective Written Technical Communications II
  • EMGT 318 Strategies for Career and Academic Success (for foreign-born technical professionals)


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Engineering Management
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