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M.Eng. in Engineering Management (MEM) - Distance Learning

Position yourself for success in high growth, technology-based environments.

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Earn a master's degree in two years –
while working full time.

Top ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the Best Online Master's in Engineering Management Programs

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Along with our on-campus offering, the Cornell Engineering Management Master of Engineering (MEM) program offers a part-time, online learning degree option. The program takes place over two years and is designed for working professionals who are looking to build their engineering management skills and move ahead in their careers. 

The program is both online and asynchronous to allow students to continue working full-time. The course content is punctuated with one-week intensive sessions on campus in Ithaca, NY once a year. You will form an intimate cohort of fewer than 50 high-potential engineering leaders. Through this community, you will also have access to Cornell Engineering’s extensive network of successful alumni.

  • Earn your degree in two years through part-time studies. 
  • Learn through instructor-led online courses and on-campus intensive sessions. 
  • Study with top-notch, Ivy League faculty and industry practitioners.
  • Become part of a lifelong global network of over 230,000 living Cornell alumni. 

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The program has the following focus areas outlined below to propel forward your career as an engineering manager and leader: 

Lead People by Engineering Leadership, Project management, negotiations and contracting, systems thinking, communications and presentation skills, Advance your business by decision framing and analytics, data analytics for managers, risk analysis and management, economics and finance for engineering managers and operations, supply chain management and disrupt your field by managing a culture of innovation and entrepreneurial thinking, design thinking for complex systems, consumer choice and product design and product management

You can work at your own pace and fit your coursework into your schedule.

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A majority of the coursework is completed online, making it flexible and convenient for busy working professionals. All courses are authored by Cornell faculty, and are taught by a combination of engineering faculty and senior Engineering Management practitioners.There are many opportunities for personal and direct interaction with faculty through small, seminar-style discussions, online chats, and face-to-face meetings during on-campus sessions. On average, you will take two courses at a time. 

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The distance learning experience is interactive and engaging for both students and faculty. Each cohort has its own online community where learners can interact with their classmates and advisors outside of class. As working professionals, students bring a diverse set of experiences to the cohort. Students find enormous value in the opportunity to get to know, to share with, and to learn from one another outside the context of their courses. Just as with other college of engineering degrees, students choose Cornell in part because of the opportunity to build a lasting professional network.

On-campus sessions

The program's two one-week sessions of on-campus instruction are great opportunities to meet, learn from, and share best practices with the other engineering management professionals in your cohort. During these on-campus sessions you will work closely with faculty and fellow students as well as build relationships that will become the foundation of your professional network. Each session takes place in June where you can experience all that beautiful Ithaca, NY has to offer.

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Student Support

There is a dedicated program manager and a program coordinator who are available to guide you through your academic experience. As a online learning student, you will engage in the same curriculum and collaborate with the same faculty as our on-campus students. This supports our belief that you will receive the same value that our on-campus students receive from the program.

Learn more about the Engineering Management Distance Learning Program from two of our faculty members.

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Jacky Lau

I strongly recommend this program to prospective students who are working or aim to work in the intersection of business and technology. Not only will you be getting a top-notch education, but you will also develop lifelong friendships and a professional network.

— Jacky Lau, Engineering Management Distance Learning