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Master of Engineering Administration (MEA)

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Move forward with a master's in engineering administration from Virginia Tech.

Advance Your Career

Earning a degree from one of the top enigneering management programs worldwide will equip you with the skills, expertise and professional network needed to advance in today's fast-paced business world. Our program is designed for highly motivated individuals seeking a competitive edge. Taught by renowned College of Engineering faculty members who provide students with individualized attention, our program benefits from its unparalleled access to top industry and business leaders in both private and public sectors. We take pride in our innovative curriculum, the strength of our alumni network and our excellent career placement.

This degree program is designed for individuals who are interested in leadership positions or career opportunities in the management of research, engineering, or technology development enterprises.

Why Virginia Tech?

The Virginia Tech MEA program is one of the top engineering management programs worldwide, with the following characteristics:

  • Graduates understand and use methods that are founded on an in-depth comprehension of science, technological and innovation processes
  • Graduates understand the virtual reality created by models and reality; The mapping of the models with the real world is an understanding and skill that they use to administer enterprises
  • Graduates quickly adapt their skills to enterprises that span all sectors of the economy
  • Graduates embrace uncertainty and pressure; they are resolute, critical thinkers, systems thinkers, and pragmatic
  • Graduates have the necessary confidence to apply professional and ethical standards, regardless of the pressures to which they are subjected
  • Faculty are collectively international leaders in Management Systems Engineering, Engineering Management and Systems Engineering research, excellent teachers, and actively sought to support major Engineering Management endeavors
  • The program adapts quickly to respond to new realities and the evolution of the Engineering Administration/Engineering Management profession

The MEA curriculum offers three main advantages with respect to most programs in Engineering Management: provides a systems thinking view of managing the development of the performance capabilities of the enterprise, focuses on the underlying theories that inform the practice of engineering administration, and provides a balance of rigor and pragmatism.

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Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Virginia
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Virginia Tech campus in Falls Church, Virginia

Curriculum 

Online or on campus, our format offers the same gold-standard curriculum taught by faculty members who provide individual attention along with new knowledge and skills you can immediately apply in any industry.

Virginia Tech’s Engineering Administration degree program requires 31 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Students earning their MEA degree online part-time should be able to complete their coursework in 24-30 months (based on 2 courses per semester). The program is designed for those who will continue to work while earning their degree.

Included in the scope of Engineering Administration is the life-cycle management of technological innovation and project management of engineering activities.

This MEA degree is a non-thesis program that requires the completion of a minimum of 11 courses (31 semester credit hours) and includes a comprehensive final exam taken in the last semester of the program. 

The current curriculum is as follows:

Core Courses (18 credits)

  • ISE 5164 Transfer and Application of Emerging Technology
  • ISE 5174 Engineering Program and Project Management
  • ISE 5104 Introduction to Operations Research
  • ISE 5434 Economic Project Evaluation
  • ISE 5124 Management of Quality
  • ISE 5114 Case Studies in Industrial Engineering

Selective Electives (Three courses are required from any of the following courses)

  • STAT 5615 Statistics in Research
  • ISE 5134 Management Information Systems
  • ISE 5144 The Management and Measurement of Efficiency and Productivity 
  • ISE 5015 Management of Change, Innovation, and Performance in Organizational Systems I or ISE 5016 Management of Change, Innovation, and Performance in Organizational Systems II
  • ISE 5154 Applied Human Factors Engineering or ISE/CS 5714 Usability Engineering1
  • ISE 5204 Manufacturing Systems Engineering1

Elective (One course is required from any one of the three topics listed)2

  • MGT 5314 Dynamics of Organizational Behavior or MGT 5804 Leadership in Technology-Based Organizations or PAPA 5315 Behavioral Skills for Managers
  • PAPA 5614 Introduction to Science and Technology Policy
  • ISE 5804 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering or ISE 5814 System Dynamics Modeling of Socio-Technical Systems

This curriculum provides students with:

  • Basic knowledge of engineering management/administration (breadth).
  • A path of specialization in engineering management/administration through selective electives (depth).
  • An in-depth understanding of the underlying theories and requisite modeling competencies at the enterprise level is necessary for managing the development of the performance capabilities of the enterprise
  • A culminating experience (students review, integrate, and implement key engineering administration competencies in a single course).
  • Behaviors and interpersonal skills necessary to succeed as an engineering manager/administrator.

1 Note: These courses are typically available only on the main campus in Blacksburg.

2 Note: An alternative course not related to the above topics may be approved by the student’s faculty advisor.

Skills that you can immediately implement into your career

  • Design quality improvement plans (synthesis skill).
  • Relate quality performance to cost, efficiency, and profitability performance of technology-centric enterprises (analysis skill).
  • Ability to conduct benchmarking (analysis skill)
  • Determine and estimate engineering project costs (comprehension and application skill).
  • Perform an investment analysis for a technological enterprise (synthesis skill).
  • Evaluate the integration of e-business and e-commerce models and applications (analysis skill)
  • Recommend emerging technologies, processes, business models, and services within the technical infrastructure of the enterprise (synthesis skill)
  • Apply assessment-based planning for the ongoing development of enterprise performance capabilities (transformation initiatives) (synthesis sill).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of scientists, engineers, and other technology professionals in the development and implementation of technological strategies for enterprise engineering and performance assurance (comprehension and application skill).
  • Apply techniques for measuring the performance benefits of technology insertion (synthesis skill).
  • Know how to establish legal protection and benefit from government regulations associated with the successful transfer and application of emerging technology (comprehension and application skill).
  • Understand the structure and function of Project Management Information Systems (comprehension and application skill). Be able to apply selected software packages in support of engineering program/project management.
  • Be able to evaluate and plan for the enhancement of a project management system using generally accepted standards (e.g. C/SCS criteria and PMI certification standards) (synthesis skill).
  • Be able to recognize practices that lead to success and failure in program/project management (analysis sill).

Alumni of this program are prepared for middle- and senior-level leadership and management positions. 

  • Engineering Manager
  • R&D Manager/Director
  • Technology Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Systems Engineering Manager
  • Manager of Product Engineering
  • Program Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Manager of Technology Acquisitions

Is the Virginia Tech MEA program a good fit for you?

  • Working-full time
  • Looking for career advancement
  • Looking for job promotion
  • Looking to get hired
  • Interested in life-long learning
  • Interested in cost savings: We are top 10% cost competitive considering the other 24 universities in the Great Business Schools (GBS): 25 Best Master’s in Engineering Management for 2021. (most for your money)

Applying for Admission

Being admitted into a graduate program in engineering typically requires an undergraduate degree in engineering. Engineering Administration at Virginia Tech does require a bachelor's degree but it is not a requirement that it be an engineering degree. However, if it is not a bachelor's in engineering, certain prerequisites in math and/or statistics may be required.

GRE scores are not required for an application to the Virginia Tech MEA degree program.

Deadline for applying to the ISE Graduate Program is January 16 for the following Fall semester, and September 1  for the Spring semester in the following year.

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Flexibility

The program requires 31 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Students earning their MEA degree online part-time should be able to complete their coursework in 24-30 months (based on 2 courses per semester). The program is designed for those who will continue to work while earning their degree.

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Coursework

Non-Thesis Program

The program requires 31 credit hours of graduate-level coursework. Students earning their MEA degree online part-time should be able to complete their coursework in 24-30 months (based on 2 courses per semester). The program is designed for those who will continue to work while earning their degree.

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Top-ranked Program

Virginia Tech's MEA program is ranked #9 in the Great Business Schools (GBS): 25 Best Master’s in Engineering Management for 2021

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No Residency Requirement

Earn your Degree Online or On Campus

The MEA program is available to students anywhere. The program is ideal for individuals who are employed full-time and wish to pursue an advanced degree on a part-time basis; however, full-time employment is not obligatory for admission to the program. Classes are typically offered during the late afternoon and early evening hours with occasional classes on weekends.

Contact Us for More Information:

MEA Program Director
MEA Program Advisor