Applicants must have a B.S. degree, preferably in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or other physical science. Professional work experience is desirable, but not required. The minimum GPA for normal acceptance to UMBC graduate programs is 3.0. However, applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted to the certificate program with the provision that they must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to continue in the program and to receive a certificate.
Applicants must have a B.S. degree, preferably in Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry or other physical science. Professional work experience is desirable, but not required. The minimum GPA for normal acceptance to UMBC graduate programs is 3.0. However, applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally. Usually, full admission will be granted upon achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the first two graduate courses.
There is no preferred sequence for the Engineering Management courses, except that ENMG 652 – Management, Leadership and Communication is a prerequisite for ENMG 654 – Leading Teams and Organizations.
All four of the Engineering Management certificate courses apply to the M.S. in Engineering Management. Up to three management courses may be applied to the M.S. in Systems Engineering. Up to two management courses may be applied to the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and the M.S. in Computer Engineering.
To achieve technical depth in a discipline, students are encouraged to take four courses from one of the tracks. However, students may take courses from multiple tracks.
In general, undergraduate engineering programs are accredited by ABET and graduate programs are not. The University System of Maryland requires that all university academic programs be reviewed every seven years. The UMBC Engineering Management program was reviewed by an external review team in 2009 and received excellent marks. UMBC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology, Inc.; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The 2006 Middle States Evaluation Team found UMBC to be in full compliance with all standards of excellence.
UMBC does not allow graduate courses to be counted toward more than one graduate degree. In order to receive both the M.S. in Engineering Management and the M.S. in Systems Engineering, it is necessary to take a total of 20 graduate courses.
International applicants must apply much sooner, generally six months before the beginning of the semester, to ensure that they will have enough time to receive a U.S. visa.
Students can take up to two courses from other universities by following the inter-institutional enrollment process.
Inter-institutional enrollment is a program that allows qualifying students at University System of Maryland (USM) institutions to take selected courses at other USM campuses while only paying tuition at their home school. Through the program, students register for courses at both their home and host institutions, but are billed only by their home school. At the end of the semester, the student's credits and grades from the host institution are transferred to their home institution. This differs from standard transfer coursework in that both credits and grades transfer. The deadline for registering for courses at another institution is two weeks before the start of the semester.