M.S. in Engineering Management FAQs

Q. What is the minimum GRE score required for admission?

The department evaluates applicants based on the application package as a whole. While a higher GRE or GMAT test score strengthens your application, there is not an absolute minimum score.

Q. Is the program accredited?

Yes. UNC Charlotte is university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The engineering undergraduate programs of the William States Lee College of Engineering at UNC Charlotte are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET; it is very unusual for a graduate program to be ABET accredited. The online program is certified by the US Distance Learning Association.

Q. What if I am missing one or more pre-requites?

Students with an undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, business, or another closely related technical or scientific field, you should apply for admission to the MSEM program. If the department feels that there are deficiencies in your academic or work background, they may recommend you for admission with the additional requirement that you complete one or more prerequisites in your first two semesters of graduate coursework.

Students with an undergraduate degree outside of engineering or business, you should complete the pre-requisites prior to applying. You can take them at UNC Charlotte or at another school as long as they satisfy the requirements. You can find the schedule of UNC Charlotte courses online.

Course descriptions of UNC Charlotte courses that satisfy the requirements are found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Q. Which courses satisfy the prerequisites?

The engineering economics prerequisite is satisfied by a course that includes principles such as costing, cost estimating, and cost-benefit analysis which are beyond the scope of micro and macroeconomics. The flowing UNC Charlotte courses satisfy the requirement: SEGR 2106, CEGR 2102, ETGR 3222, MEGR 2180, ECON 3125

The calculus prerequisite is satisfied by a course that includes integral and differential equations. The following UNC Charlotte courses satisfy the requirement: MATH 1120, MATH 1121, ETGR 2171, ETGR 2171, MATH 1241, MATH 1242, MATH 2171

The statistics prerequisite is satisfied by a course that includes data summarization, discrete and continuous random variables (e.g., binomial, normal), sampling, central limit theorem, estimation, testing hypotheses, and linear regression. The following UNC Charlotte courses satisfy the requirement: STAT 1220, STAT 1221, STAT 1222, STAT 2122, STAT 3128

Q. Are the prerequisites offered online?

Yes, but not every pre-requisite is offered online every semester. UNC Charlotte course offerings typically follow this schedule:

  • MATH 1121, Calculus, is offered online in the summer term at DE tuition and fees
  • MATH 1120, Calculus, is offered online in the spring term at main campus tuition and fees
  • ETGR 3222, Engineering Economics, offered online in spring term of odd years at main campus tuition and fees
  • STAT 1220, Elements of Statistics I, is offered online in the fall term at main campus tuition and fees

The course schedule at UNC Charlotte is subject to change. Also note that some online courses charge on-campus tuition and fees and some online courses change distance education (DE) tuition and fees. The DE courses are designated with an 8 in the middle digit of the section number and are listed with a Distance Education campus in Banner. It is the responsibility of the student to be sure that you meet the pre-requisites for any of the courses you plan to take. The pre-requisites are listed in the course information in the schedule.

Other schools may also offer the prerequisites online. The North Carolina Community College System offers online courses. Statistics and Calculus are usually offered in fall and spring terms.

Q. I want to take the prerequisites at UNC Charlotte before applying to the MSEM program. How do I enroll?

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree will apply using the post-baccalaureate/non-degree application. Post-baccalaureate students will be assessed tuition fees at the graduate level, regardless of the level of courses for which they are enrolled.

Q. If my GPA is lower than a 3.0, should I apply?

Since applicants are evaluated on the entire application package, it is possible that students with significant relevant work experience or other strengths will still be admitted to the program even though the GPA is slightly below the stated minimum