Applicants must have a B.S. degree, in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems or related discipline. Professional work experience is desirable, but not required. The minimum GPA for admission to UMBC graduate programs is 3.0. Domestic applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for admission to the certificate program. Each case is reviewed individually.
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.
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.