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Master of Science in Engineering Management

College of Engineering
Industrial Engineering & Engineering Management
Study System
Total Credit Hours
33 Cr.Hrs
2-4 Years
Fall & Spring
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time and Part Time

Master of Science in Engineering Management (MEM) Program

Individuals with combined technical expertise and business skills are increasingly in demand by organizations that seek sustainable competitive advantage. If you hold a bachelor's degree in engineering and your career goal is to be a manager or business leader, then the program in engineering management at the University of Sharjah is specifically designed for you. As part of its commitment to providing high quality education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the University of Sharjah launched a graduate program leading to a Master's Degree in Engineering Management (MEM) in Fall 2013-14.

Program Goals
The main goals of the MEM program are:

  1. To prepare engineers from various specializations to address advanced and challenging engineering problems taking into account the technical and socio-economic factors and implications.
  2. To prepare its graduates to assume leading roles in their organizations in the determination of best approaches to manage changes in the engineering processes and benefit from relevant technological innovations.
  3. To equip its graduates with the knowledge and skills to interact and communicate effectively with professionals from other specializations within and outside their organizations.
  4. To equip its graduates with the knowledge, skills and awareness of long-term sustainability factors associated with the adoption of any engineering process or product. 

Student Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes for the three options of the MEM program are as follows:

  1. Apply knowledge, skills and techniques of engineering and management to execute contemporary projects, professional activities and operations effectively and efficiently.
  2. Understand the concepts and application of good management practices to foster innovation and sustain global competitiveness.
  3. Identify, analyze, formulate, and solve advanced engineering problems and highly complex matters that involve constrained resources.
  4. Collect, interpret, and use data effectively to make fair and valid decisions and assess their impacts taking into account socio-economic, ethical, environmental, health and safety issues.
  5. Demonstrate leadership and effective communication and further learning skills while incorporating new strategic approaches or conceptual abstract solutions. 
  6. An ability to take responsibility, conduct academic research and contribute to professional knowledge.

Program Structure & Requirements
Special Admission Requirements

  • Admission to this program is open to students holding a bachelor degree in engineering from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 or equivalent.
  • Students with CGPA between 2.50 and 2.99 may apply for admission and the department may consider their application subject to availability. If admitted, those students can register in options 1 or 2 only (i.e. they cannot register in thesis option).
  • Applicants should satisfy the English Language proficiency requirement of 550 in TOEFL or 6.0 in IELTS if the medium of instruction in their Bachelor's degree was not English.
  • The admission jury may issue a conditional admission. The conditions include, but are not limited to, the fact that the student cannot register in one of the options, or has to take some additional courses (qualifying non-credit courses).

Program Components:

As shown in Table 1, a satisfactory completion of 33 credits is required for the three options. The course work for Options 1 and 2 includes 12 credits of compulsory courses, 15 elective credits, and a six-credit project. In addition to 12 compulsory credits, Option 3 requires a satisfactory completion of six elective credits and a fifteen-credit thesis. The three options also require a satisfactory completion of a zero-credit seminar.

Important Note: Currently (starting from Fall 2019-2020), Option 2 is not available.

Table 1: MEM Program Components for the Options

Components Credit Hours
Option 1 Option 2 Option 3
Compulsory Courses
12 12 12
Elective Courses 15 15 6
M.Sc. Seminar 0 0 0
M.Sc. Project 6 6 -
M.Sc. Thesis - - 15
Total 33 33 33

Upon admission, students choose an option among the three options of the MEM program based on their interests. The MEM Program option with Courses and Thesis (Option 3) can be chosen only by students whose admission was without condition on the option.

Students are allowed to change their option only once subject to the following conditions:

  • If their current option is 1:
a. They should not have registered the course M.Sc. Project (0405-595) yet.
b. They should have taken at most two elective courses including at least one from group 1 Elective courses (Table 4).
c. In addition, if they want to change to option 3, their admission should be without condition on the option. 

  • If their current option is 2:
a. They should not have registered the course M.Sc. Project (0405-595) yet.
b. They should have taken at most two elective courses including at least one from group 1 Elective courses (Table 4).
c. In addition, if they want to change to option 3, their admission should be without condition on the option.

  •  If their current option is 3:
a. They should not have registered the course M.Sc. Thesis (0405-599) yet.

  • Other cases can be considered on a case-by-case basis. The student bears, in these cases, the responsibility of possibly not counting in his/her transcript some of the courses that he/she has taken.
  • The approval of the program coordinator must be obtained
  • The change should be carried out during the registration period and becomes effective from the following semester.

Academic Courses

The program offers a wide range of courses to suit students' areas of interest. These courses are listed in Table 2:

Table 2: MEM Academic Courses

No. Course Code Course Name Credit Hours Pre-requisite
1 0405-501 Legal Issues 3  
2 0405-511 Operations Management 3  
3 0405-512 Applied Engineering Optimization 3  
4 0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis 3  
5 0405-532 Engineering Asset Management 3  
6 0405-541 Safety Engineering Management 3  
7 0405-552 Information Technology in Construction Management 3  
8 0405-560 Management for Engineers 3  
9 0405-561 Engineering Project Management 3  
10 0405-562 Economic Analysis of Engineering Systems 3  
11 0405-563 Quality Engineering 3 0405-522
12 0405-564 Lean Six Sigma Systems 3 0405-522
13 0405-566 Accounting and Finance for Engineers 3  
14 0405-567 Supply Chain Management 3  
15 0405-572 Project Planning and Control  3 0405-561
16 0405-573 Project Cost Estimation 3  
17 0405-575 Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Management System 3  
18 0405-576 Construction Equipment Management 3  
19 0405-581 Special Topics in Engineering Management 3  
20 0405-582 Special Topics in Construction Management 3  
21 0405-591 M.Sc. Seminar 0  
22 0405-595 M.Sc. Project 6 18 credits including 0405-591
23 0405-599 M.Sc. Thesis 15 12 credits including 0405-591

Table 10: MEM Academic Courses

Course Description

0405-501  Legal Issues (3:3)
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the effects of important legal principles on decisions the engineering manager makes, with a focus on the intersection of these legal principles with business ethics and international trends. The student will learn legal concepts and processes consistent with ethical norms, and how to analyze business risks to arrive at a range of correct decisions concerning projects, contracts and operations. International and national environmental laws will be covered. Case studies ​ ​

0405-511 Operations Management (3:3)
In operations management several processes and activities are integrated to make a product or a service available to the customer in the most effective and efficient way. This course presents issues related to the competitiveness of companies and gives a set of quantitative and qualitative tools to tackle these issues. Topics of the course include Process design, layout design, facilities design, quality, capacities management, distribution systems, production systems, inventory management, lean operations and JIT, enterprise resource planning. ​ ​

0405-512  Applied Engineering Optimization (3:3)
This course introduces the concepts of optimization by presenting different classes of problems. Topics include classical optimization theory and other optimization models and techniques such as linear programming, integer programming, dynamic programming, nonlinear programming, and modern heuristics and metaheuristics. Applications of these techniques in different engineering disciplines are also presented. ​ ​

0405-522  Engineering Statistical Analysis (3:3)
Applied statistical methods for analyzing engineering and management systems including inferential statistics; nonparametric statistics; regression and correlation analysis; analysis of variance; time series analysis and forecasting models. The course is application oriented and examples drawn from industrial applications will be used. Student will use statistics packages such as MINITAB or SPSS. ​ ​

0405-532 Engineering Asset Management (3:3)
Asset reliability, safety and performance with financial and managerial constraints; economical and financial decision making for the construction and maintenance of infrastructure assets; managing assets throughout the lifecycle, starting with the identification of the need for a physical asset through defining the requirements, the acquisition and system implementation processes, in-service operation and maintenance management, and asset decommissioning and disposal; asset replacement, rehabilitation or upgrading; emerging technologies in asset management. ​ ​

0405-541  Safety Engineering Management (3:3)
Introduction to safety management systems and regulations; types of occupational hazards; risk management strategies; Workplace and process safety assessment tools; heat stress; management of hazardous substances, industrial pollutants and hazardous waste; emergency and evacuation plans; occupational diseases; fire safety; environmental safety; safety culture. ​ ​

0405-552 Information Technology in Construction Management  (3:3)
The first part of the course presents tools that help in modeling the processes of construction companies in order to streamline these processes or to help them build efficient information systems. This part also includes an introduction to Decision Support Systems. The second part of the course includes IT tools that facilitate the design and implementation of construction projects. These include: CAD and visualization, Computer aided cost estimation, planning and scheduling, and facilities management. ​ ​

Management for Engineers (3:3)
Topics include the four management functions (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling); leadership; strategic planning; communication; employee selection and development; team work; employee motivation and evaluation; diversity; performance measurement; globalization; ethics; negotiation and conflict resolution; and managerial challenges. ​ ​

 Engineering Project Management (3:3)
Topics include introduction to the main principles and practices of project management. It covers projects in contemporary organizations; project initiation, organizational structures, the project manager; project planning, risk management, cost estimation, scheduling, resource allocation; monitoring and controlling projects; project contracts; ethical issues; project termination; practice using project management software packages. The course will be taught using the generally accepted Project Management Institution (PMI) standards.
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0405-562 Economic Analysis of Engineering Systems   (3:3)
Course topics include financial planning, including cash-flow analysis models; engineering economic analysis, including discounted cash flows and taxation effects; application of optimization techniques, as in equipment replacement or capacity expansion models ​ ​

0405-563  Quality Engineering (3:3)
Introduction to quality control and improvement, concepts of variation, TQM tools such as Pareto charts, Cause and effect diagrams, Control charts for variables and attributes, multivariate control charts, Process and gauge capability analysis, Sampling plans, quality optimization using Taguchi method and quality loss function are covered. Prerequisite: 0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis. ​ ​

0405-564  Lean Six-sigma Systems (3:3)
Concepts and principles of lean and six-sigma systems are introduced. Value stream mapping and waste elimination tools are discussed. Rapid product development strategy is stressed via the VOC and QFD. The main process improvement tools will be applied through DMAIC and DFSS. Prerequisite: 0405-522 Engineering Statistical Analysis. ​ ​

0405-566 Accounting and Finance for Engineers (3:3)
Introduction to financial accounting and financial management of organizations; Financial statements, financial ratios, and how to interpret them; sources of finance, cash flows, time value of money, long and short term financial decisions, and use accounting information for decision making and financial control ​ ​

0405-567  Supply Chain Management (3:3)
The supply chain of any service or manufacturing firm involves processes that include the design, manufacturing, storage and delivery of products or services to the customers. The supply chain also involves processes from suppliers and customers of the firm. Topics of Supply Chain Management provide the right tools to gain synergy and efficiency in the management of the previous processes. This course adopts a modeling approach to supply chains that is designed to study trade-offs between system costs and customer service level. Topics covered include supply chain design, multi-location inventory-distribution models, delayed differentiation, supply chain integration. E-commerce and the role of information technology in supporting supply chain operations. ​ ​

0405-572  Project Planning and Control  (3:3)
The emphasis of this course is on planning and control of construction projects. Methods of delivering construction projects. Contractual relationships and organizational structures. Phases of project development. Estimating resource requirements; costs and durations. Bidding strategies. Network analysis using CPM and PERT, time-cost trade-off, resource allocation. Cash flow analysis. Earned-value concept for integrated time and cost control. Quality control. Value engineering. A case study and project. Prerequisite:  0405-561 Engineering Project Management ​ ​

0405-573  Project Cost Estimation (3:3)
Techniques and procedures used for estimating cost of construction projects. Topics include: cost estimation process; elements of project cost; conceptual and cost estimation techniques; types of construction cost estimates, construction pricing and contracting; controlling and monitoring of project costs; computer-aided estimating; Case studies. ​ ​

0405-575 Infrastructure Rehabilitation and Management Systems (3:3)
General concept of infrastructure management system; statistical methods for data collection and performance modeling, integrated treatment of analytical methods for the management of infrastructure systems over their life; Financing and risk management, management control systems. The focus is on modeling and optimization methods and their application to inspection, performance prediction and maintenance decision making for the management of transportation infrastructure systems. ​ ​

0405-576 Construction Equipment Management (3:3)
Topics include various classes of equipment, (cranes, excavators, loaders, tractors, etc.) used in construction; methods are developed for selecting, acquiring, maintaining and replacing equipment; treatment of simulation and its use for the optimal selection of equipment spreads; a project. ​ ​

0405-581    Special Topics in Engineering  Management  (3:3)
This course includes contemporary topics in engineering management. ​ ​

0405-582    Special Topics in Construction Management     (3:3)
This course includes contemporary topics in construction management. ​ ​

0405-591 M.Sc. Seminar (1:0)
Students are required to attend seminars given by faculty members, visitors, and graduate students. Students must submit reports of the seminars they attended. Each students is also required to present one seminar on a research topic. ​ ​

0405-595 M.Sc. Project  
Students have to carry out an independent project work that involves formulating and solving an engineering problem under the direct supervision of a faculty member. The project has to be carried out over two semesters, typically during the final two semesters. Students are required to submit a written report and make an oral presentation of the project.   Prerequisite: Completion of at least 18 credits including 0405-591 Seminar ​ ​

0405-599     M.Sc. Thesis (0:15)
Students have to conduct research, prepare a written thesis, and defend it at a final oral examination before a committee. The thesis should exhibit a competence in the research process by applying an existing body of knowledge in the critical analysis of a new question or of a specific problem or issue in a new setting. Students are expected to submit for publication at least one refereed article before passing the defense. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 12 credits including 0405-591 Seminar. ​ ​