The Minor

The minor in Engineering Management, offered by the Isenberg School of Management, is available to students with a major in the College of Engineering. It offers engineers training in business and management tools, which will help them evaluate the impact of engineering decisions on an entire enterprise. Students acquire basic skills in decision making, finance, management, marketing, and operations.

Students interested in pursuing the minor should consult with Julia Hoke, Academic Advisor, in the College of Engineering by the end of their second semester (first-year students) or first semester (transfer students), as careful planning will be required to incorporate appropriate courses into the curriculum, and space in courses may not be available to those who have not indicated their intent to pursue the minor.   


The minor requires at least 15 credits (12 of which must be fulfilled at UMass Amherst) of course work in addition to the courses completed for the student’s engineering major. The curriculum is divided into two parts: foundation courses and integrative experience.

No more than 2 (two) courses may be taken outside UMass Amherst. For any courses taken at another institution, prior approval must be obtained from the Isenberg Undergraduate Programs Office.

In addition, it is recommended (but not required) that students complete other specified courses to strengthen their understanding of the link between management and engineering. The opportunity also exists for students in the minor to pursue upper-level electives in business in consultation with the program advisor.

In addition to previously listed requirements, successful candidates need a 3.0 GPA in their minor requirement courses.

Foundation Courses (12 credits)

Choose 4 from the following:

ACCOUNTG 221 Principles of Financial Accounting
FINANCE 301 Corporate Finance
MANAGMNT 301 Principles of Management
MARKETNG 301 Fundamentals of Marketing
OIM 301 Introduction to Operations Management

Integrative Experience/Capstone Options (3 credits)

FINANCE 422 Financial Engineering (spring only)
MANAGMNT 341 New Ventures
MANAGMNT 342 New Ventures Financing
MANAGMNT 343 New Ventures Organizing and Growth
MANAGMNT 365 Business and Its Environment
MANAGMNT 366 Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise
MANAGMNT 391E Environmental Law (spring only)
MANAGMNT 397R Corporate Entrepreneurship
MANAGMNT 462 Social Entrepreneurship (fall only)
MARKETNG 441 Marketing Management (spring only)
M&I-ENG 564 Engineering Leadership & Entrepreneurship (spring only)
M7I-ENG 664 Engineering, Leadership & Entrepreneurship
OIM 305 Service Industry Operations
OIM 321 Business Process Simulation
OIM 451 Information & Project Management
SCH-MGMT 507 Advanced Investments (spring only)
SCH-MGMT 597N Special Topics: New Ventures
SCH-MGMT 508/797AI Alternative Investments

Recommended Courses

Although the following courses are not required, any or all will help broaden the student’s understanding of the link between engineering and management. These courses may be incorporated into a student’s planned General Education or major courses.

ECON 103 Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
CE-ENGIN 270 Civil Engineering Systems Analysis
M&I-ENG 353 Engineering Economic Decision Making
SCH-MGMT/ENGIN 593 Design of Experiments

Business Electives

Students wishing to take additional courses in business should consult with the program adviser. Additional coursework is encouraged to provide depth and focus beyond the basic fundamentals of business covered in the foundation courses.