University faculty often teach both in-person and online courses. Many also have current or past backgrounds in an industry related to the subject they teach. The following examples offer a glimpse into the high caliber of faculty that teach courses in schools offering online engineering MBAs and dual degree programs.
Dr. Ciaran Harman is an assistant professor and the Russell Croft faculty scholar in JHU’s Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, which offers an online dual degree program in partnership with the Carey Business School. Dr. Harman earned both his master of science and PhD from the University of Illinois. His research focuses on transport and flow across hydrologic scales and how this impacts the co-evolution of landscape structure. Notably, he’s the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ross J. Martin Award, the Mavis Future Faculty Fellowship, and two Beatty Fellowships.
Dr. Bill Lightfoot is the dean of SNHU’s School of Business and has more than 15 years of experience in top leadership, including seven years serving in multicultural organizations. Notably, he created a new model to drive economic development in rural areas while he was the managing director of Village Inc. Africa. He also was the dean of Brenau University’s College of Business and Mass Communication, as well as an associate dean at the University of Monaco. He holds a BS in electrical engineering; an MBA in general management; and a PhD in organization and management.
Dr. Ray Venkataraman is a professor and chair of the project and supply chain management academic program and marketing program at Penn State Behrend’s Black School of Business and the Penn State World Campus. He is also a professor of management at Penn State's iMBA and oMBA Programs. His areas of research include project management and supply chain disruptions. His research has been published in Production Planning and Control, theInternational Business and Economics Research Journal, the International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management, and the Journal of Business and Economics Research. In addition to his 30 years of teaching, Dr. Venkataraman has industry experience as an assistant manager with a multinational bank based in India.
Academic programs that offer engineering and business combinations can include on-campus or online coursework, such as MBAs with an engineering focus or dual degree programs. Here is a selection of online MBA programs with an engineering concentration and several dual degree options.
University of Southern Indiana
University of Southern Indiana’s online MBA in engineering management is designed for working engineers seeking current business management knowledge. The school’s aim is to prepare candidates for leadership roles managing technological organizations or engineering teams. Coursework includes traditional MBA subjects like marketing, finance, leadership, economics, and business law. Students also study project management, supply chain management, and quality management. Admissions requirements include having a bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA of 2.5 and a competitive GMAT or GRE score. This can be waived if a student has two years of relevant professional experience and a 3.0 GPA.
Northcentral University offers an online MBA specializing in management of engineering and business technology. The school prides itself on its mentoring approach to learning, which allows students experience one-to-one interaction with NCU's doctoral faculty. The program features a capstone business simulation challenging students to apply all aspects of their business knowledge. Coursework in this specialization covers risk assessment, strategic planning, quality assurance, time management, and project management. Admissions requirements call for an bachelor's degree. No GMAT or GRE exam is required.
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern New Hampshire University has partnered with Worcester Polytechnic Institute to offer SNHU's online MBA in engineering management program. This program features a nine-course business core including effective research strategies, interpersonal communication skills, project management, systems engineering, and business leadership expertise. Students also can learn personal or professional decision-making, data analysis, and methods to seek and improve efficiency. Program acceptance is offered on a rolling basis throughout the year. Transcripts and application are required, along with meeting with an admission counselor.
Arizona State University - Dual Degree (MBA/MS)
Arizona State University offers a concurrent MBA and MS in industrial engineering. The fully online program is designed for working professionals who want to enhance their technical expertise while honing their business skills. Admissions requirements for the 56-credit program include having a bachelor's degree, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2, GMAT or GRE scores, a resume, and an essay. This online program recommends one campus visit for program orientation.
Purdue University - Dual Degree (MBA/MSE)
Purdue Engineering Online’s dual degree MBA and master of science (MS) in engineering program may appeal to those with an undergraduate degree in engineering who want to continue their studies while developing business and management skills. This program is offered in partnership with the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. It includes three segments: technical/engineering, bridge classes, and MBA coursework. Online courses are taught through formats such as streaming video and downloadable files. To enter the program requires an existing bachelor's degree, three letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, GRE or GMAT score, and either a valid engineering degree or completion of prerequisite coursework.
Widener University - Dual Degree (MBA/MSE)
Widener University offers a dual MSE and MBA in partnership with Widener's School of Engineering and School of Business Administration. The program blends managerial and technical responsibilities and educates business leaders seeking "real-world" challenges. Online MBA degree programs are flexible and suited to working professionals. Students interested in being part of the program must be admitted to both schools and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university with a 2.7 minimum GPA and GMAT scores. These can also be waived if someone already has a master's degree or five years of successful post-bachelor's coursework.
As a final note, some professionals prefer a master’s degree in engineering management (MEM) over a master in business administration (MBA). Some notable online MEM programs include those available through:
Because quality of educators is paramount in the decision-making process for prospective engineering management students, we have compiled this list of 20 professors to know in the field. To be the best, it helps to learn from the best.
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