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Doctoral Degree in Engineering Management

Earning a doctoral degree in engineering management could lead to management or teaching positions. Find out the classes offered, and get information about salary and employment outlook.

Can I Earn a Ph.D. in Engineering Management Online?

Doctoral programs in engineering management are not usually offered in distance-learning formats, but you can find them in standard-learning formats at a number of accredited universities across the United States. Additionally, many Ph.D. programs in engineering offer courses in engineering management.

Online AvailabilityPrograms are not available online
Common Course TopicsManagerial accounting, business law, engineering design, operations management, manufacturing
Career PossibilitiesEngineering manager, engineering instructor
Median Salary (2018)$140,760* (for architectural and engineering managers) and $101,720* (for postsecondary engineering instructors)

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Can I Expect From My Program?

Engineering management Ph.D. programs can be completed in 4-6 years and typically culminate in a dissertation, a book-length work of original research. Usually, you must complete a qualifying exam at the end of your first year; this exam is commonly based on a reading list compiled with the help of an advisor, and, after passing, you are awarded a master's degree.

Some engineering programs allow you to choose an area of specialization, such as systems engineering or engineering development and design. The following are examples of classes you might find in your curriculum:

  • Engineering design
  • Business law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Manufacturing processes
  • Corporate finance
  • Managerial accounting
  • Operations management

What Jobs Can I Get?

With a doctoral degree in engineering management, you could work as an engineering manager. In this profession, you could supervise engineers in fields such as mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, aeronautical engineering or biomedical engineering. You could coordinate efforts to plan, develop and test engineering projects, or you could design and develop engineering plants.

Alternatively, you could find work as a postsecondary instructor in engineering. Professors teach classes and do research, and most have to meet publication requirements. In this position, you may also have administrative duties, such as attending departmental meetings, serving on committees and writing letters of recommendation for students.

What Is the Job Outlook and Pay?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), architectural and engineering managers earned a median annual salary of $140,760, while postsecondary instructors in engineering earned $101,720 (www.bls.gov), as of May 2018. Additionally, architectural and engineering managers are expected to experience an employment growth rate of 6% between 2016 and 2026, while employment for postsecondary teachers is expected to grow 15% during the same time, according to the BLS.