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Engineering Management

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The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree is a professional graduate program specifically designed for engineers, scientists, and technologists holding a B.S. degree in their respective disciplines who seek the knowledge and practical skills required to lead project teams and technical organizations through today’s competitive and fast changing business environment. Our focus is to provide you with a challenging experience that prepares you to develop and articulate a business case for your next design and development project and lead your team or organization to a successful outcome.  The curriculum is designed to be innovative and deliverable live via interactive webcasts both on campus and globally via Internet streaming.  The program was designed and developed with your technical degree and background in mind, as few undergraduate engineering and science degree programs prepare their graduates for their transition to management.

Masters in Engineering Management

What's the difference between an MEM and an MBA?

New Mexico Tech’s MEM program differs substantially from a conventional MBA program

These differences may be generally summarized as follows:

NMT Masters in Engineering Management Generic MBA Program
Academic Orientation: Analytical Academic Orientation: Conceptual
Focus: Technical Innovation, Project Management Focus: Strategic Issues
Target Audience: Engineers and Applied Scientists Target Audience : General Audience
Career Positioning: Project/Innovation Management Career Positioning:General/ Strategic Management
Semester hours 30 Semester hours: 36-48
Independent Project Required Independent Project Not Generally Required

A key component of the MEM graduate program is the theoretical foundation underlying all courses, enabling students to better understand the assumptions, rules, and risks associated with making a management decision.  This theoretical exploration is different from the conceptually-oriented graduate education found in general MBA programs at conventional business schools.

Second, a key difference between the MEM program and a general MBA program is that it offers greater depth, rather than breadth, in its curriculum, enabling students to get a firm understanding of the subject matter and its application.  Third, the MEM program is focused on issues associated with the management of engineering, science, and technology organizations as they innovate and change. This is reflected in the program’s focused coursework and the independent study requirement.

Finally, many MBA programs, partly because of the heterogeneous backgrounds and interests of their students and faculty, are breadth oriented, where a conceptual approach to a wide variety of business and management situations defines the curriculum.

Graduate Certificate in Technology Leadership


The Graduate Certificate in Technology Leadership prepares science, engineering, and technology professionals to lead project teams and organizations through the complex environment of change. The rapid pace of technology innovation requires leaders who possess the knowledge, skills, and vision to guide their organizations through the process with an understanding of strategic and operational issues and their solutions. Focus will be on developing the quantitative and people skills required to lead in this environment.

The certificate program requirements are as follows:

For further information, please contact Frank Reinow, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Business and Technology Management at 575-835-5459 or