History of the Online Master of Engineering Management Program at Rowan University

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition


This paper describes in detail the planning, development, and growth of a new online engineering management program. Planning began for the Master of Engineering Management (MEM) Program at Rowan University in January 2007 with a comprehensive review of 41 engineering management programs nationwide. The goal of this review was to determine the best practices regarding engineering management courses nationwide and the key courses required for an effective engineering management program. In Spring 2007, the proposal for the new MEM program was submitted to the University Senate at Rowan University for university review and approval and to the Academic Issues Committee of the New Jersey President’s Council for state review and approval. The MEM program was approved by the university and the state in Fall 2007 and the first courses in the MEM program were taught as hybrid courses beginning in Fall 2007. Conversion to 100% online courses was completed by Fall 2008. All courses are now offered fully online in an accelerated 8-week format. The program offers two courses per semester with a total of six courses per year. Graduation requirements call for students to complete 10 three-credit courses. Courses are scheduled such that students can complete their degree requirements in five consecutive semesters. Courses are structured such that students can begin the 10-course sequence at any point. To date, the program has admitted 142 students and graduated 79.


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