Does the Engineering Management Program require work experience?

The majority of students have over two years of work experience in a variety of industries including high tech, energy, metals, construction, manufacturing, the armed forces, and, of course, engineering.  However, no professional work experience is required to apply.

Do I need to take the GRE and what scores should I aim for?

GRE scores are required only if your undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0. Applicants who submit GRE scores are required to score in the median to high range. Statistics relating to test scores are located at Since the review committee evaluates the application as a whole, there is not a definite minimum score.

Do you offer dual degrees with other programs?

We offer dual degrees with Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering, Interdisciplinary Telecommunication, and Mechanical Engineering.

If I am already in a CU graduate program and would like to add Engineering Management to complete a dual degree, how do I apply?

Please contact to request a review of your application packet from your current academic program to see what other items would be required.

Should I apply if my GPA is lower than a 3.0?

There are several potential paths to admission if your prior GPA is below the 3.0 standard: 

  • A strong score on the GRE. 
  • Start as a non-degree student and earn high grades. 
  • Five or more years of relevant work experience. 

The EMP strives to consider the whole person in the application process. 

With any of the above options it is the overall strength of the application that will determine the admissions outcome. 

What are the requirements to apply to the Engineering Management Master’s Program?

You are required to have the following to apply to the Engineering Management Program:

  • An undergraduate degree in engineering, science, or a technical field (including areas such as physics, applied mathematics, and computer science). If you do not have an undergraduate degree in engineering or a technical field, then you may be admitted to the degree based on work experience or other relevant career goals.
  • GPA of 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution.
What are the required scores for TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo?

We require a minimum score of 102 on the TOEFL, 7.5 on IELTS or a 125 on Duolingo.

Do I need to provide transcripts for all schools attended or just for those schools I received a degree from?

We must have copies of transcripts from all schools attended, regardless of whether a degree was received.

What is an “official” transcript?

An official transcript is sent directly to us from the school. Alternatively, we can accept official transcripts sent directly to you from the school as long as the package remains unopened until delivery to us.

Am I required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo to prove English proficiency?

Please refer to the International Admissions website to see if you are required to take the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo.

How do I apply to the Engineering Management Master’s Program?

Follow these detailed instructions on Degree Application Requirements.

How do I apply to the Engineering Management Graduate Certificate Program?

View these detailed instructions on how to apply to the Graduate Certificate Program.

What are the requirements for the Engineering Management Graduate Certificate Program?

You are required to have the following to apply for the Engineering Management Graduate Certificate Program:

  • An undergraduate degree in any academic field from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75.
What will my diploma and transcripts list as a degree?

Diplomas will list Master of Engineering. Transcripts will list Master of Engineering in Engineering Management.

General FAQs

Are all the Engineering Management courses offered online and on campus?

Our courses can be completed on campus or through distance learning online. Our online environment uses a distance format that allows you to log in to the classes live via web conferencing or watch the recorded lectures at your convenience. There are additional engagement activities with fellow students in the form of an online discussion board (threaded blog) and other communication tools.

What is the coursework for the Master's Program in Engineering Management?

View the Degree Requirements for full information.

Can I attend class on campus even though I'm enrolled in the distance section?

You are welcome to attend the class lectures on main campus if desired, as long as space is available. Contact the instructor to ask if there are seats available in the classroom. This step is required in order to be in compliance with fire codes.

If I start as a non-degree seeking student and am admitted to the program, will my credits transfer?

The Graduate School allows students to take up to three courses (9 credits) before formally applying to a program. You should apply before taking your third class to avoid complications with credit transfer. You must earn a B or better in the course in order for the credits to transfer into the degree.

Tuition & Funding

What is the cost for classes?

Tuition for on-campus and distance (online) course enrollment varies depending on residency classification, in-state or out-of-state, as well as the type of degree and the number of credit hours. Details are available at the Bursar’s Office – Tuition and Fee Rate Sheets

I am using my military benefit to cover tuition. Who can I contact to assist me with using these benefits?

The Veteran Services Office on campus is an excellent resource for military personnel.

How can I defray the cost of a graduate degree?

The graduate degree is designed to accommodate fully employed professionals. Many employers provide a significant tuition benefit for staff pursuing related degrees and credentials. Even if your current employer does not offer such, it may be a factor worth considering in your next employment search.