Michigan Tech’s Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Engineering Management (BSEM) graduates are triple-threats: they’ve learned technical thinking, communication, and management. This is why engineering management has so many students, combining a comprehensive business curriculum with courses in science, engineering, and math. Students also gain problem-solving skills.
“As more companies visit our career fairs and learn more about this major, I anticipate even more opportunities for internships and career positions for our students,” says Dana. “The major continues to grow in popularity among students, especially with our female population. About two-thirds of the students are female, and enrollment numbers for 2015-2016 school year show even stronger growth.”
“This major operates like a two-way street by combining engineering and business management,” Helen adds. “Personally, I’m taking it from the business side, but I also have the technical skills to apply. This enables me to communicate technically, but also to work in the management side of a business. It’s a great combination.”
Unique majors and curriculums like BSEM are products of innovative thinking based on industry needs. Of the 28 BSEM programs/majors in the country, only two are offered in the state at Michigan Tech and Western Michigan University.
“We designed the curriculum with the idea that engineering students would be able to get a bachelor’s degree, but a number of first and second-year students ask about studying engineering management on their own,” says Dana. “Our goal is to be the largest major in the School of Business and Economics, and we’re moving in that direction.”
Michigan Technological University is a public research university founded in 1885 in Houghton, Michigan, and is home to more than 7,000 students from 55 countries around the world. Consistently ranked among the best universities in the country for return on investment, Michigan’s flagship technological university offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, computing, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, social sciences, and the arts. The rural campus is situated just miles from Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor adventure.