Business Savvy, Environmentally Conscious Degree Opportunity

July 17, 2008

Each year, the Master of Engineering Management Program (MEMP) builds on the foundation that an undergraduate degree in engineering or science has established. The program uses a combination of core business and management courses and technical electives to develop a skill set that includes advanced technical knowledge along with a strong understanding of management and business.

In recent years, the MEMP has seen an increasing number of students looking to add another component to the degree; environmental management. Given the current "go-green" trend that has swept the nation, and generally increased awareness of environmental issues, MEMP directors were happy to help students find a way to add an environmental component to the existing MEMP degree. Fortunately, the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences offers a Master of Environmental Management degree (MEM) that compliments the MEMP degree perfectly.

The joint MEMP/MEM degree provides a perfect solution for students interested in engineering and environmental management. The program takes less time and costs significantly less than obtaining each degree separately. Students seeking the joint degree will take 24 credits from MEMP, which will include core engineering management courses, technical electives, and completion of an internship. On the MEM side, students will complete 36 credits which will include courses based in environmental social science and environmental natural science. Additionally, they will complete a substantial master’s project, featuring in-depth research in the program area in which the student is studying.

The program will typically take 24 to 28 months, versus the three years it would take to complete the degrees separately. As a result of the shortened duration, it costs about $20,000 less.

The MEMP/MEM joint degree serves as an effective and inventive academic solution for those seeking a business edge and a way to make a positive environmental impact. Both the Pratt School of Engineering and the Nicholas School of the Environment look forward to watching this program grow.