• Degree offered: Master of Engineering (MEng)
  • Registration status options: Full-time; Part-time
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Program option (expected duration of the program):
    • with coursework (3 full-time terms; 12 consecutive months)
  • Academic units: Faculty of Engineering, Telfer School of Management.

Program Description

The Engineering Management Program offers a Master of Engineering in Engineering Management and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management. The program is supervised by a committee composed of representatives from the Telfer School of Management and of the Faculty of Engineering.

Main Areas of Research

  • Production and operations management
  • Robotics and manufacturing management
  • Reliability and maintainability engineering
  • Human resource management, industrial and technology marketing
  • Technical project management and control
  • Research and development and innovation management
  • Operation research
  • Forecasting

Learning Outcomes

The objective of the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management program is to develop the knowledge and skills of engineers and scientists in the management of people, projects, resources and organizations in technical environments.

Other Programs Offered Within the Same Discipline or in a Related Area

  • Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management

Fees and Funding

  • Program fees:

The estimated amount for university fees associated with this program are available under the section Finance your studies.

International students enrolled in a French-language program of study may be eligible for a differential tuition fee exemption.


  • Programs are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • In accordance with the University of Ottawa regulation, students have the right to complete their assignments, examinations, research papers, and theses in French or in English.

Program Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office, Faculty of Engineering

161 Louis-Pasteur, Colonel By Hall, Room B111

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5800 x6189


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Application Deadlines

Deadlines Fall term Winter term Summer term
Canadian students May 1 October 1 -
International students March 1 July 1 -
  • Applications received after the deadline will only be considered based on the availability of space.
  • Our departments often start examining applications when they receive them. In most cases, letters of offer to eligible candidates are sent within a few weeks of having received complete application packages.

To be eligible, candidates must:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree with a specialization or major in engineering or in science (or equivalent) with a minimum admission average of 70% (B).

Note: International candidates must check the admission equivalencies for the diploma they received in their country of origin.

  • Pay the $100 ($CDN non-refundable) application fee.

Language Requirements

Applicants must be able to understand and fluently speak the language of instruction (English) in the program to which they are applying. Proof of linguistic proficiency may be required.

Applicants whose first language is neither French nor English must provide proof of proficiency in the language of instruction.

Language tests recognized by the University of Ottawa:

  • TOEFL: 550 Paper-based or 79-80 Internet-based; or
  • IELTS: Overall 6.5 – Individual 5.0 (Paper-based or Internet-based); or
  • An equivalent language test.

Note: Candidates are responsible for any fees associated with the language tests.


  • The admission requirements listed above are minimum requirements and do not guarantee admission to the program.
  • Admissions are governed by the general regulations in effect for graduate studies.
  • Admission to the program is very competitive and preference will be given to candidates who have a few years of full-time work experience in engineering or a related field.

Documents Required for Admission

In addition to the documents required for graduate and postdoctoral studies, candidates must submit the following documents:

  • A resume
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation from professors who have known the applicant and are familiar with the student work.

You are strongly encouraged to contact your referee(s) prior to submitting your application in order to confirm their email address and their availability to complete your letter of recommendation.

  • Transcripts from all universities attended:
    • You must submit official transcripts from all the universities you have attended.
      This applies to all courses and programs at any university you attended, including regular programs (completed or not), exchanges, letters of permission, online or correspondence courses, courses taken as a special student or visiting student, etc.
    • If the transcript and degree certificate are not in English or French, a certified translation (signed and stamped/sealed) must be submitted.

Note: Documents that are not required for admission will not be consulted, conserved or returned to the student. These documents will be destroyed according to our administrative procedures.

Transfer from the Diploma to the Master’s Program

Students registered in the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management may apply for transfer to the Master of Engineering degree in Engineering Management, obtain advanced standing for courses completed under the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management, complete the remaining units, and finally obtain the Master of Engineering degree.

Students who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management may apply for admission to the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, obtain advanced standing for courses completed under the Graduate Diploma in Engineering Management, complete the remaining units, and obtain the Master of Engineering degree.

Advanced standing will not be granted for courses completed at other institutions under any circumstances.

Information about how to apply to this program is available under the Apply Now section.

Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the deadline indicated above.

Master’s with Coursework

To receive the Master of Engineering in Engineering Management, a student enrolled in the program must successfully complete 30 units of academic work: 12 units of core courses, 12 units of optional courses, and a mandatory 6 units project course comprising applied research work of industrial relevance. At least 3 units of optional courses must be from Engineering courses (EMP, GNG) and at least 3 units of optional courses must be from Management courses (ADM, MBA).

Compulsory core courses provide core principles pertaining to the analysis, planning, organiszation, funding and successful implementation of engineering-focused projects and operations. Mandatory core courses comprise 6 units of engineering-content courses and 6 units of management-content courses.

Students must meet the following requirements:

Compulsory Courses:
12 course units from:12 Units
Project Management I
Introduction to Engineering Management
Creativity and Innovation
Management Skills I
Managerial Accounting Information and Decisions
Introduction to Corporate Finance
12 optional course units from the list of optional courses12 Units
EMP 6997Major Consulting Project 16 Units



After completing the 12 units of mandatory compulsory courses and at least 6 units of optional courses, all students must register for the mandatory compulsory capstone 6 units course (EMP 6997) Engineering Management Project, which comprises applied research work of industrial relevance done in teams.

List of Optional Courses 

Optional courses enable students to develop knowledge and skills in an area of interest. Optional courses must include at least 3 units of engineering (EMP, GNG) courses and at least 3 units of management (ADM, MBA) courses, from the list of optional courses. Although every effort is made towards offering listed optional courses every year, students accepted in the program should verify course availability and plan accordingly. Various other courses are offered on an irregular basis as Special Topics.

It is the student's responsibility to verify that they satisfy the prerequisites and language requirements for the elective courses that they wish to take and, after consultation with the academic advisor, to obtain permission from the professors teaching theses courses.

ADM 6261Project Management II1.5 Units
ADM 6274International E-Business Strategies1.5 Units
ADM 6275Business Intelligence Technologies and Big Data Analytics1.5 Units
ADM 6276Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Management1.5 Units
ADM 6281Supply Chain Management1.5 Units
EMP 5101Industrial Organization3 Units
EMP 5102Systems Engineering and Integration3 Units
EMP 5103Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering3 Units
EMP 5109Topics in Engineering Management3 Units
EMP 5116Issues in Management and Operation of Communication Networks3 Units
EMP 5117Foundations of Software Engineering3 Units
EMP 5118Technology Project Management Practice3 Units
EMP 5119Project Information Management3 Units
EMP 5120Product Development and Management3 Units
EMP 5121Planning of Experiments in Engineering Design3 Units
EMP 5169Advanced Topics in Reliability Engineering3 Units
EMP 5179Manufacturing Systems Analysis3 Units
EMP 5910Directed Studies3 Units
GNG 5120Technology entrepreneurship for Engineers and Computer Scientists3 Units
MBA 5270Knowledge and Information Management1.5 Units
MBA 5320Strategic Marketing Management3 Units
MBA 5330Organization Behaviour and Human Resources Management3 Units

Minimum Requirements

The passing grade in all courses is C+.

Students who fail two courses (equivalent to 6 units) must withdraw from the program.

Research Fields & Facilities

Located in the heart of Canada’s capital, a few steps away from Parliament Hill, the University of Ottawa is among Canada’s top 10 research universities.

uOttawa focuses research strengths and efforts in four Strategic Areas of Development in Research (SADRs):

  • Canada and the World
  • Health
  • e-Society
  • Molecular and Environmental Sciences

With cutting-edge research, our graduate students, researchers and educators strongly influence national and international priorities.

Research at the Faculty of Engineering

Areas of research:

  • Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering

For more information, refer to the list of faculty members and their research fields on Uniweb

IMPORTANT: Candidates and students looking for professors to supervise their thesis or research project can also consult the website of the faculty or department of their program of choice. Uniweb does not list all professors authorized to supervise research projects at the University of Ottawa.

EMP 5100 Introduction to Engineering Management (3 units)

Introduction to management. The structure of engineering organizations. Planning and control in engineering management.

Course Component: Lecture

EMP 5101 Industrial Organization (3 units)

Principles of organization. Production process. Organization and planning of production. Planning and control in engineering management.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5102 Systems Engineering and Integration (3 units)

Introduction to modeling methods employed for the planning and design of subsystems and complex systems. System structure and modularity. System-human interfacing. System integration process. Configuration management. Reengineering. Reverse engineering. Concurrent engineering.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5103 Reliability, Quality and Safety Engineering (3 units)

Failure rate. Repair time. System reliability estimation. Maintainability. Statistical quality control. Statistical process control. Quality management. Life cycle management. Safety engineering issues.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5109 Topics in Engineering Management (3 units)

Current topics in industrial practices.

Course Component: Lecture

EMP 5111 Creativity and Innovation (3 units)

Factors which enhance individual and group creativity in organizations and its translation into successful technological innovations. The invention/innovation process. Creative problem-solving techniques. Entrepreneurship. Organizational climate for stimulating invention. Management of research and development. Project selection. Elements of financial decision-making. Organization design for innovation.

Course Component: Lecture

EMP 5112 Tech. Policy and R. and D. Management (3 units)

Relationship between R & D and economic progress. Elements of the Canadian policy on technology; R & D activities in the private and public sectors; government incentives and support programs; comparison with the policies of other industrial countries. Technology planning and R & D management in a Canadian setting; technology forecasting, staffing, structure, strategy and support for R and D. Courses EMP 5112, ADM 6263 or ADM 6264 cannot be combined for units. Prerequisite: MBA 5330.

Course Component: Lecture

EMP 5116 Issues in Management and Operation of Communication Networks (3 units)

Selected topics and emerging issues in management and operation of public and corporate communication networks: real-time and distributed systems; multimedia communications; integrated services network.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5117 Foundations of Software Engineering (3 units)

Foundations of software engineering for nonsoftware engineers; basic principles of software engineering; practical laboratories and programming examples using modern programming languages.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260. Experience with programming in at least one common language over the last decade. Cannot count fo units in CEG, CSI and SEG programs.

EMP 5118 Technology Project Management Practice (3 units)

Technological project management process. Project team management involving multiple technological and engineering experts. Configuration management during project development. Coordination of outsourcing in large multinational projects. Management of inprocess change of technology.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5119 Project Information Management (3 units)

Topics relating to the contractual relationship within the project team, including the different types of contracts and their application, the preparation of project documents, the evaluation of different types of project organization structures and associated project delivery systems, bidding strategies, network analysis using deterministic and stochastic methods for time and cost management.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5120 Product Development and Management (3 units)

Product development and management, including engineering aspects of the process. The latest trends and practices, insight into processes which facilitate product management and development, understanding of product management and development practices via case studies, development of the leadership and management skills required to create, initiate, develop, bring to market and implement new technological products and services.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5121 Planning of Experiments in Engineering Design (3 units)

Taguchi/Plackett-Burman methods for design of experiments. Analysis of means. Analysis of variance. Contrasts and multifactorial ANOVAs. Fractional factorial designs. A-priori and posthoc pooling, scree plots. Numerous application examples focused on engineering design.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5169 Advanced Topics in Reliability Engineering (3 units)

Overview of classical reliability concepts. Fault tree construction and evaluation. Commoncause failure analysis of engineering systems. Human reliability modelling in engineering systems. Human unreliability data banks. Reliability of information and communication systems.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5179 Manufacturing Systems Analysis (3 units)

Introduction to manufacturing systems. Manufacturing system selection and cost justification. Analysis of manufacturing operations. Flexible and agile manufacturing. Group technology and cellular manufacturing. Transfer line and assembly line systems. Analysis of material transport and storage systems. Manufacturing Process Planning. Tolerance analysis and Taguchi methods. Design for manufacturing and assembly. Just-in-time production. Quality function deployment.

Course Component: Lecture, Lecture

Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 5910 Études dirigées / Directed Studies (3 crédits / 3 units)

Étude approfondie dans un domaine de la gestion en ingénierie sous la supervision d?un professeur et donnant lieu à un rapport écrit. / Advanced study in an area of engineering management under the supervision of a professor and leading to a written report.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research, Recherche / Research

Concomitants: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260 / Corequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260

EMP 6997 Projet majeur en consultation / Major Consulting Project (6 crédits / 6 units)

Projet obligatoire de 6 unités réalisé par équipes. Projet majeur de recherché appliquée visant à apporter une solution à un problème de gestion de l?ingénierie proposé par une organisation (compagnie privée, université ou entreprise en démarrage). Supervisé par un professeur, approuvé par le directeur de programme, requiert une proposition de projet, un rapport d?étape de recherche et d?analyse, une présentation finale et un rapport final incluant des recommandations. Noté S (satisfaisant) ou NS (non satisfaisant) par le superviseur et le représentant du client. / Compulsory 6 units team-based major applied research project to address a specific engineering management challenge posed by an organizational client (e.g., private company, university or incubator start-up). Supervised by a professor, approved by the program director, requiring a project proposal, an interim research and analysis report, a final presentation and a final report with recommendations. Graded S (satisfactory) or NS (not satisfactory) by both the supervisor and the client's representative.

Volet / Course Component: Recherche / Research

Prerequisite: EMP 5100, EMP 5111, MBA 5241, MBA 5250, MBA 5235, ADM 6260, and a further 6 units of program courses.