2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Engineering Management MSEM, Professional Project and Systems Engineering Track ♦♦

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MS
Department: Industrial Engineering and Management Systems Option: Nonthesis
Program Websites: http://www.iems.ucf.edu/graduate/programs

Track Description

The Professional Project & Systems Engineering (PP&SE) Track is a cohort-based program that offers a customized and personalized approach to learning engineering management with a curriculum developed based upon the needs of industry.  The PP&SE Track is designed to be a lock-step, cohort-based program that can be completed in 18 to 24 months.  For information about the start of the next cohort, please contact the PP&SE Program Director Dr. Timothy Kotnour (timothy.kotnour@ucf.edu).

This program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-CECS-Engineering-Management-MS-June2020.pdf.


The PP&SE track in the Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) program focuses on effective decision-making and successful project delivery of innovative solutions in engineering and technological organizations. The program is tailored to the needs of the experienced, working early and mid-career professionals.

The MSEM program requires an undergraduate degree in engineering or a closely related discipline. Students with undergraduate degrees outside of industrial engineering may be required to take additional prerequisite courses.

Research studies are required in one or more courses. The research study and report will focus on reviewing and analyzing contemporary research in the profession in order to help students acquire knowledge and skills pertaining to research-based best practices.

Courses may be substituted or added to provide domain depth based upon the student or customer’s needs.

Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Master Core Courses: 9 Credit Hours

Comprehensive Examination

Students must successfully pass an oral comprehensive examination as part of a capstone exercise (usually in the form of EIN 6182 - Engineering Management) to satisfy all degree requirements. In some instances, industry might require students to participate in a capstone course to integrate the material in a specific project related to the industry sponsor’s needs. Typically, this additional class is in the form of EIN 6950 - Industrial and Systems
Engineering Capstone which is a 3-credit hour course. Please see the program director for cohort-specific details.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Engineering Management MSEM program pay a $90 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. For part-time students, the equipment fee is $45 per semester.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of the research studies required in individual courses, EIN 6182 - Engineering Management , and the capstone project, which requires that students integrate material from all the courses in their program.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Engineering or a closely related discipline.
  • A letter of recommendation from the corporate sponsor.
  • Résumé.
  • Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.

Application Deadlines

Professional Project & Systems Engineering Track, MSEM *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants       Apr 1
International Applicants       Nov 1
This is a Summer Cohort Program Only.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Mansooreh Mollaghasemi PhD
Associate Professor
Engineering 2, Room 312

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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