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Industrial and Systems Engineering

Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management

The Engineering Management Bridge Certificate Program includes a multi-disciplinary curriculum administered through the Department of industrial and Manufacturing Engineering in the College of Engineering. The program is designed to prepare graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals to work in the fields of manufacturing, product realization, engineering design, and operations/process/service management in a variety of settings, integrating business into the student’s primary discipline. Adding the engineering management certificate to existing educational and work experience is likely to enhance an individual’s career opportunities and options in engineering leadership and management.

Specific program learning objectives include:

  1. Understanding and integrating the design, test, and build product lifecycle
  2. Modeling, analyzing, and controlling design and production activities
  3. Valuing the impact of quality, cost, and timeliness metrics on systems performance
  4. Demonstrating a basic knowledge of business processes and technologies
  5. Performing data analysis and optimization for decision making
  6. Justifying process, organizational, and technological projects in business cases
  7. Supporting systems engineering and project management
  8. Communicating effectively (written and verbal presentations) across all levels of the enterprise
  9. Personal and employment growth through lifelong acquisition of knowledge

Admissions Requirements
Certificate Requirements
Course Descriptions

Admissions Requirements 

The Engineering Management Bridge Certificate Program has the same admissions requirements as the Master’s of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM). Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Specific requirements include:

  • Baccalaureate degree in engineering or other technical field from an institution accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Applicants from non-ABET institutions must submit GRE scores.
  • At least one year of full-time work experience as a practicing engineer or technical leader.
  • Honor point average of 3.0 in the upper division of their undergraduate program.
  • Applicants whose undergraduate education is deficient in prerequisites for graduate classes may be required to take background courses that will NOT count toward the eighteen-credit degree requirement.
  • Applicants with less than 3.0 honor point average may be considered for admission under special circumstances.

Certificate Requirements

Students enrolled in the Engineering Management Bridge Certificate Program must complete eighteen credit hours of coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for certification. Specific course requirements are listed below.

Wayne State University Graduate School procedures will be followed. All earned graduate credit may be applied towards an MSIE or MSEM degree, should the student elect to continue his or her studies.



EM Bridge Certificate

BA 6000 (2 credits)  Basics of Financial Management
IE 6310 (2 credits)  Lean Operations/Manufacturing
4 Credits
IE 6560 (4 Credits)  Deterministic Optimization or IE 7610 (4 credits) Fundamentals of 6-Sigma
IE 7830 (2 credits) Management of Technology Change
6 Credits
IE 6840 (4 credits) Project Management
BA 6005: Basics (2 credits) Financial Management
6 Credits




















Course Descriptions 

IE 6310 Lean Operations/Manufacturing
Fundamental theories and concepts in lean manufacturing, six-sigma, mistake proofing, problem solving, process management. Students develop competency in identifying causes and sources of waste in manufacturing, industrial, and business operations

IE 6560 Deterministic Optimization
Introduction to philosophy of operations research. Formulation of linear program models and their solutions. Duality and sensitivity analysis. The transportation model. Introduction to probabilistic modeling and applications of queuing models. Network models decision theory.

IE 6840 Project Management
Principles of successful project management including: time and cost management, risk analysis, human resource management. Consideration of both operational and conceptual issues. Introduction to project management tools.

IE 7610 Six Sigma for Engineers
Prereq: I E 6005. No credit after I E 6610. For the industrial engineer with a solid foundation in probability and statistics. Advanced knowledge to develop students into 6-Sigma consultants.

IE 7830 Management of Technology Change
Prereq: graduate standing. In-depth treatment of development and implementation of advanced technology; special attention to interaction among technology work process, organization, human resources, and culture.

BA 6000 Financial Reporting: Accounting Module
Prereq: admission to a graduate program. Introduction to accounting principles and the understanding and analysis of financial statements.

BA 6005 Basics of Financial Management
Prereq: B A 6000 or equiv. and admission to graduate program. Basic aspects of finance: time value of money, financial markets, risk and return, valuation and basic capital budgeting.

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