MBA/MS Engineering, Engineering Management

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Orfalea College of Business
Associate Dean: Sanjiv Jaggia
Business Bldg. (03), Room 409
Phone: 805.756.2637

Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Graduate Coordinator: Jianbiao J. Pan
Engineering Bldg. IV (192), Room 235
Phone: 805.756.2540

Academic Programs

Program name Program type
Engineering ManagementMBA/MS Engineering

The dual-degree Engineering Management Program (EMP) is an interdisciplinary program linking the MBA and MS in Engineering degree programs. It is a cooperative effort between the Orfalea College of Business and the Cal Poly College of Engineering (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department). Students are required to have a prerequisite undergraduate bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or equivalent technical degree to be admitted to both the College of Engineering and the Orfalea College of Business, and to be enrolled in both degree programs. Successful participants are awarded both MBA and MS in Engineering degrees, each with a specialization in Engineering Management.

The mission of the EMP is to develop high quality industry-ready graduates who will be facilitators of change and integrators of engineering, business, and people issues.


Students are required to possess an undergraduate bachelor’s degree from an accredited program in engineering, computer science, or equivalent technical degree.

Admission/Acceptance Requirements

Admission to the EMP is based upon:

  • successful completion of an accredited undergraduate program of study
  • prior academic performance with particular emphasis placed on the last 90 quarter units (60 semester units)
  • achievement on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination general test (GRE), with particular emphasis placed on performance on the quantitative portion
  • prior work experience (desirable).

Culminating Experience

In order to satisfy the culminating experience requirement, students must satisfactorily complete a required assigned comprehensive examination or project in the MBA program and satisfactorily complete a comprehensive project in IME 596. A comprehensive examination or other options may be available, but must be approved in advance by the Orfalea College of Business Associate Dean and by the College of Engineering, Engineering Management Program Coordinator.

Formal Study Plan

The development and approval of two formal study plans, that together fulfill the dual degree requirements, is obligatory. Students will work with the 1) College of Engineering advisor to develop a plan to fulfill the requirements for the MS portion and the 2) Orfalea College of Business advisor to develop a plan that to fulfill the requirements for the MBA portion of this dual degree program. Graduate students must file the formal study plans, no later than the end of the quarter in which twelve aggregate total units of courses are completed.

MBA/MS Engineering, Specialization in Engineering Management

Program Learning Objectives

Master of Business Administration

The learning objectives of the MBA programs are for students to be able to:
1.1 Demonstrate competency in the following areas of business: management, quantitative methods, economics, accounting, finance, marketing, operations, and strategy.
1.2 Demonstrate strategic integration of the above areas.
1.3 Demonstrate the ability to apply analytics to decision making.
2.1 Recognize issues and create solutions using an approach that reflects ethical values.
3.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the issues involved in conducting business in a diverse, global environment.
4.1 Demonstrate professional written communication skills.
4.2 Demonstrate professional oral communication and presentation skills.
5.1 Recognize leadership skills and link to leadership theory.
5.2 Demonstrate effective team behaviors.

Engineering Management Program (EMP)

The learning objectives for the EMP include the learning objectives of the MBA program and the MS Engineering program (Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering Department). Three additional objectives of this program are to:

  1. integrate knowledge and skills from engineering and business disciplines for effective responses to rapidly changing technological and business environments;
  2. prepare engineers for effective participation in the management of technology, management of technology-based organizations, and management of technological change; and
  3. take advantage of the unique background of program participants and the unique strengths of Cal Poly.
Required Courses
GSB 511Accounting for Managers4
GSB 513Organizational Behavior4
GSB 523Managerial Economics4
GSB 524Marketing Management4
or GSB 573 Marketing Research
GSB 531Managerial Finance4
GSB 533Aggregate Economics Analysis and Policy4
GSB 562Seminar in General Management and Strategy4
IME 503Applied Statistical Methods in Engineering 14
IME 507Graduate Seminar2
IME 556Technological Project Management 24
IME 580Manufacturing Systems 34
IME 596Project/Internship9
College of Engineering Approved Electives 4, 5
Select from the following:23
Supply Chain and Logistics Management
Product-Process Design
Design of Experiments
Quality Engineering
Microelectronics and Electronics Packaging
Selected Advanced Topics
Individual Study
Systems Engineering I
Systems Engineering II
Advanced Operations Research
Applied Reliability Engineering
Applied Human Factors
Advanced Topics in Engineering Economy
Advanced Topics in Simulation
Selected Advanced Topics
Engineering Entrepreneurship
Other Advisor Approved Business Electives 5
Approved Electives16
Total units90

Students with a B+ or better grade in IME 326 or IME 327 may substitute IME 503 with another statistics related course from the list of IME 427, STAT 416, STAT 418 and STAT 419 upon approval of the IME graduate coordinator.


Students with a B+ or better grade in IME 303 may be substituted with another approved technical elective course.


Course cannot be taken by students who have already received credit for IME 410.


Students may take other 400 or 500 level courses after consultation with and approved by advisor and the graduate coordinator.


No more than half of the total number of program units may be 400-level classes.