What Time of Year can you Start a Masters of Engineering Management?
Shawn Wasserman posted on February 26, 2014 |

MEM format offered. 92% have an online option.


Of all schools surveyed over 90% have a flexible start date.

Master of Engineering Management programs cater to experienced professionals, so it’s no surprise that over 92% of the schools surveyed offer an online option for their programs.

Professionals need the freedom to work around their work commitments.  Most online programs make an effort to accommodate that reality by offering start dates outside the traditional “back to school” time in September.

About 60% of the universities we surveyed allow students to start the program in the beginning of any term. This typically means 3 entry points every year (summer, fall, winter). One school we surveyed, the University of Louisville, offers 5 entry points thanks to their 6 week course rotation cycle. Many of the courses within a Master of Engineering Management program require interactions that demand a definitive start and end date. For example, they may employ weekly discussion boards and assignments to ensure that students don’t fall behind and give up on the course. However, it is noteworthy that about a quarter of the schools allow students to start whenever they want, so if you need that flexibility, take a look at our reports on individual schools.

That said, most programs allow some flexibility as to which courses a student takes and when, so you can plan the most restrictive courses when you have the most flexibility at work, for example. 


Finishing your degree can take 2 to 3 years but promotions in this time are usual.

As for when you might expect to finish your master of engineering, 75% of the schools surveyed expect your studies to take 2-3 years.

For more information see the school directory or read the Master of Engineering Management e-book.

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