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Department ofEngineering Management & Systems Engineering

The Department of Engineering Management & Systems Engineering

The EMSE Department is located on the second floor of the Engineering Systems Building on the Old Dominion University Norfolk Campus. The EMSE Department is a nine time recipient of the American Society of Engineering Management's awards for Excellence in Leadership in Graduate Programs. The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program at Old Dominion University is also one of the first three programs certified by the American Society for Engineering Management and it has been recently recognized in the top five online engineering management programs in the nation program was initially certified in 2003 and has been re-certified in 2007 and 2012.

Related Experiences

Core course work in the engineering management and systems engineering programs concentrate on developing the knowledge and skills required by graduates to provide the project and program leadership and management necessary for an organization to develop and apply technologies. Technological leadership's vision looks to the creation of new products, processes, and services which, in turn, will create new markets or enable domination of existing ones. Through design projects and exercises centered on complex systems and technology, students are led through alternative ways of thinking and communicating.

The engineering management and systems engineering programs at Old Dominion University provide students opportunities in the classroom and involvement with industrial partners. This allows students to gain confidence and experience to effectively create, integrate, and apply technology in enterprise operations.

What is Engineering Management?

Engineering Management is a specialized form of management that is concerned with the application of engineering principles to business practice The Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering provides its graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities required to design and manage the technology-based, project-driven enterprise. Fundamentally, the engineering management discipline addresses the problems, design, and management of projects and complex operations. The programs are grounded in solid principles of systems science and systems engineering while exploiting the tools of management science and project management. There are several areas in which engineering managers work, including:

  • Product Development
  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Design Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Human Systems Engineering

Or any other field that employs personnel who perform an engineering function.

Future Students


EMSE programs of study are designed to produce graduates capable of analyzing, designing, managing, and transforming complex socio-technical systems. Read more in the EMSE program brochures.

Current Students


Access courses, schedules, the Graduate Catalog, the Graduate Student Handbook, and the Dissertation and Thesis Guide.



EMSE faculty actively pursues both scholarly and applied research and provides consulting services to private enterprises and governmental and military organizations in the design and management of complex socio-technical systems.