A letter from the department chair

Dr. Suzanna Long
Dr. Suzanna Long

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE) at Missouri S&T, I would like to welcome you to the EMSE website. Our EMSE department was the first department of its kind in the country to introduce a degree in engineering management in 1968, and was one of the first departments to begin offering real-time synchronous distance education that has both the look and feel of on-campus instruction. Today, the EMSE department continues to be a leader in the areas of engineering management and systems engineering research and education.

In addition to offering an undergraduate degree in engineering management, as well as masters and Ph.D. degrees in both engineering management and systems engineering, the EMSE department also offers a number of four course graduate certificates for students who are seeking to gain additional education in a specific technical area. Successful completion of our graduate certificates also allows entry into our masters programs in engineering management and systems engineering, and can be applied toward degree requirements, allowing for faster completion of your graduate degree. Similar to our graduate masters and Ph.D. programs, our graduate certificates can be pursued at a distance using our outstanding distance education capabilities, providing students the flexibility to begin, finish, or take their entire graduate program online and at a distance.

After reviewing our department website, I am confident you will find that regardless of whether you have an existing degree in engineering or science, or you are pursuing your undergraduate bachelors of science degree, you will find that knowledge in engineering management or systems engineering will give you the flexibility and versatility to work and quickly advance in nearly any field. Unlike many other degrees that focus within a specific discipline, most companies and organizations that employ engineers, scientists, and technical personnel have a need for engineering management and systems engineering graduates who can see the big picture and think critically, provide a systems perspective, manage people and projects, and understand the critical financial and operational aspects of an organization. Having engineering, management and systems experience is a powerful combination. Within the EMSE department you can gain this valuable knowledge and experience.