American University of Beirut

Master of Engineering Management (MEM)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Engineering Management (EM) program prepares graduate students to assume the responsibilities of professional engineering management. The EM program provides students from all engineering backgrounds with the necessary leadership abilities, technical expertise, and communication skills to meet the need for both tech-savvy and business-savvy professionals. To achieve this aim, the EM curriculum combines business basics, quantitative methods, and behavioral science in a practical, problem-solving framework. Furthermore, the program is flexible and EM students can tailor their courses to suit their needs and preferences. Students can select from three areas of concentration:

  • Financial and Industrial Engineering
  • Project and Program Management
  • Management of Technology and Entrepreneurship.

In addition, students can elect to pursue the thesis or non-thesis option within the program.
The EM program is proud to be a pioneer in engineering management education, in Lebanon and in the region. Many graduates of the EM program go on to become leaders in various industries, including oil and gas, software engineering, finance, construction management, and more. In addition, several graduates have gone on to obtain doctoral degrees from top universities in the US. Moreover, in 2010, a United States Department of Labor report projected that engineering management employment will grow by around 10 percent between 2010 and 2020. Thus as the demand for engineering management experts grows, the EM program is expected to remain an attractive options for engineers who wish to hone and expand their managerial, business, and analytical skills.​

A limited number of graduate assistantships (GAs) ​are offered on a competitive basis.  Priority in GA assignment is for full-time students pursuing the thesis option.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, MEM graduates will be able to:

  • Describe the general theories, methods, and tools for managing (a) resources, (b) finance, (c) risk, and (d) information for enhanced decision-making in engineering and business environments.
  • Apply analytical (mathematical, statistical, and computer-based) tools to optimize the performance of socio-technical systems, such as infrastructure, logistics, manufacturing, construction, financial, and healthcare systems.
  • Develop scientific managerial skills in fields that promote innovation, such as management of technology, entrepreneurship, financial engineering, and complex project management.
  • Design tools for complex systems using empirical approaches that optimize user cognitive and physical wellbeing. 
  • Develop skills that foster interdisciplinary collaboration, teamwork, and leadership, especially in different project and industrial settings.  
  • Develop effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Exhibit self-directed learning and critical-thinking skills.
  • Develop and defend a thesis topic or a research project in one of the engineering management areas. 

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