Welcome to the Master of Engineering Management Program (MEM)

Housed within the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University, the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program is designed for experienced engineering and science professionals who want to develop core management and leadership skills, while staying on the cutting edge of technology.

The curriculum combines core management principles of an MBA with comprehensive quantitative and analytical tools, empowering engineers to communicate in the language of business and to move from thinking tactically to thinking strategically. Graduates leave the program prepared for top leadership roles in today’s technologically sophisticated companies.

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Quick Facts

Degree Name

Master of Engineering Management


2–3 years part-time or
9–15 months full-time

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Start Date

International and full-time students:
fall quarter (September)

Part-time students: any quarter

Course Structure

7 required MEM core courses +
2 advanced engineering methods courses +
3 electives
= 12 courses


Evanston campus


$5,177 per course (times 12 courses), plus cost of living, textbooks, and other miscellaneous fees.  Full-time students that take 4 courses in a quarter obtain a flat rate of $17,677 for that quarter.

Tuition information

Application Deadlines

Full-time students:
Round 1- January 15; Round 2- March 15; Round 3- Only if space is available

Part-time students:
May 1 Priority / No later than August 1 (fall); November 15 (winter); February 15 (spring); May 1 (summer)

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Student Profile

MEM students are successful scientists, engineers and technical professionals from diverse corporate backgrounds.  Students bring a wealth of practical knowledge, insight, and expertise to the classroom, enriching the learning experience for all and providing valuable peer networking opportunities.

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Why Northwestern University?

Housed within the highly regarded Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences department at Northwestern's McCormick School of Engineering, this MEM program is the only one of its kind offered by a first-tier University in the Midwest and is one of the oldest programs in the country. Other unique features of this program include:

  • Flexible format
    • Part-time or full-time tracks available
    • Study at your own pace
    • Saturday and evening courses
    • Choose electives to match your desired area of specialization
  • Innovative curriculum: including the NUvention course series focused on developing whole new businesses/startups
  • Faculty consists of full-time professors and senior industry professionals
  • Part of the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), a group of highly recognized professional graduate engineering management programs that is working to raise awareness of engineering management

Minor in Engineering Management

The minor in engineering management is a three-course interdepartmental minor that gives students the opportunity to advance their management and leadership skills.

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Career Opportunities

The nature of the customizable curriculum allows our students to gain expertise that is immediately applicable in their current jobs. MEM graduates who stay with their present companies are typically promoted to positions with more responsibility, managing more people, or taking on more sophisticated project management responsibilities. In addition, this program's position as part of the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), provides graduates a national network of MEM students, alumni, and faculty to facilitate career progress and placement.

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