Master of Science in Engineering Management and Leadership


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The online MS in Engineering Management and Leadership degree program is designed to prepare technical professionals with the skills and experience needed in today’s tech industry. Graduates will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to effectively lead diverse and dynamic organizations by being more embedded within teams and understanding how to develop a culture of management by influence.

Students of MS-EML will learn how to manage complex customer and vendor interactions, communicate value to all stakeholders, define and implement innovative strategies and develop comprehensive solutions to business challenges. 

The MS-EML degree is a 30-unit project-based program featuring two foundational courses, six core courses and a final semester course paired with a capstone project. The program is offered 100% online using the Canvas learning management system.

NOTE: Courses and units/course subject to change until classes start.

At a Glance

Earn your master’s degree in just 20 months. USD-EML is a 30-unit project-based program designed to be completed in five semesters. Students can focus on one 7-week course at a time.

20 Months
30 Units
September 3
August 2


The MS-EML is a 30-unit program consisting of ten courses. Courses are offered year-round with three semesters every year: Spring, Summer and Fall. Each semester lasts 14 weeks with courses running for seven weeks each. Students take two courses per semester with a one or two-week break between semesters. 

This intensive format allows students to focus on one course at a time and still complete the degree program in 20 months. Students are advised to spend 15-18 hours per week in each course in order to be successful.


Average number of months it takes to graduate from the program


Average number of hours of coursework to expect each week


Course Units

Engineering managers often start by managing groups that are staffed with people whose education and experiences are closely related to thei…

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Leading others in a company, or even in a team, calls for knowledge, awareness, and a set of “soft” skills that can bring huge returns. …

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This course provides a current view of emerging trends in the ecosystem and how business models are pivoting to maximize the desired outcome…

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This course presents a view of technologies that will emerge in the market over the next decade and cause significant changes in process, ef…

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An engineer’s career path in business leads to general management — guiding a business internally and externally. It starts with underst…

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The impact of the pandemic on businesses has been more widespread and stressed strategy, planning, and execution. This has forced companies …

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This course reviews the platform for a company’s operations: the organization’s structure and culture. It includes differentiation a…

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Engineering managers initially manage functions within the business. Leaders must manage their companies in an effective, profitable way for…

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This is an introductory course in decision analysis and it provides the tools required to make informed and rational business decisions. The…

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The capstone course is the opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills learned in their courses throughout the program. It is des…

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Student Support

USD provides support services from your initial inquiry through graduation and placement. As a nationally ranked institution, the University of San Diego (USD) is focused on an unwavering expectation: academic excellence. We want to help you become the changemaker you want to be!

Enrollment Advising

When you first inquire about one of our graduate degree programs, you will be assigned a personal Enrollment Advisor. Your Enrollment Advisor is available to answer your questions, help you assess your eligibility for admission and guide you through the application process. Your advisor will help you every step of the way from the moment you indicate your interest in a program through the entire application process. Our team of advisors can even help order your undergraduate transcripts, guide you through the process of writing your admission essay and ensure you are staying on top of deadlines.

Program Advising

A Program Advisor will be your primary point of contact for support once you are admitted and have formally registered for classes. When you first enroll, your Program Advisor will schedule a 15-minute introductory call to review technology/equipment requirements, connect you with resources for financial aid (GI Bill/VA funding, payment plans etc.) and help you sign up for the online orientation. Over the course of your program, you’ll work with your Program Advisor to add/drop classes, coordinate credit transfers and address any technical challenges you might be experiencing. In fact, you can direct most university-related questions to your Program Advisor; if they do not have the answer, they will point you to the available resource that does.

Academic Advising 

Each of our graduate degree programs has an Academic Advisor, who is responsible for evaluating applications and admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and providing guidance as needed. Academic Advisors also serve as instructors for their respective programs.

Additional Support

  • Instructor Support – Instructors facilitate your studies throughout the course and will respond to your questions and coursework through the online course platform.
  • Library Support – You will have access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other library resources, including the library’s reference services, either by phone or email.
  • Technical Support – If you have any troubles with the online learning environment, you’ll find USD’s help desk technical support to be responsive and effective.

Graduate Placement

Career Services at the University of San Diego acts as a centralized resource for USD students, alumni and employers. Career Services can provide you with online career tools and other resources to help you with your job search.

academic calendar

Students are admitted throughout the year into one of three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall). Two courses are offered each semester, with students focusing intensively on one course at a time — a total of seven weeks for each course. An academic calendar for the first year is available for download below.

Admission application packets are accepted on a rolling basis. A decision will be recommended by the Review Committee within one week of submission.


The Master of Science in Engineering Management and Leadership program aims to provide technical professionals with the knowledge, skills and training to excel as influential leaders of technology teams and projects. Graduates of MS-EML will be able to:

  • Lead complex technology organizations managed by managers/directors, product groups consisting of product managers, operations groups consisting of manufacturing and supply chain groups managed by managers/directors.
  • Develop organizational structure and culture that promote the kind of innovation and intrapreneurship needed to enable the company to be market nimble.
  • Develop a strategic vision and corporate mission and goals that align with the strengths of the technology-based corporation and manage risks.
  • Interpret the elements of competitive advantage and the challenges and solutions to implement them.
  • Develop a personal style of technology leadership based upon an understanding of the model of influence most aligned with their natural abilities.
  • Build high performing teams, manage productivity and handle personnel issues with the comprehension of the impact Social System Concepts have within organizations.

These outcomes are in addition to the graduate learning outcomes shared across all of USD’s masters level programs.