The University of South Carolina’s M.S. in Engineering Management offered through a partnership with the Lowcountry Graduate Center
The Lowcountry Graduate Center (LGC) is pleased to announce a new master’s degree program that will be offered by the University of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at the LGC’s campus in North Charleston. The offering fills an identified gap in technical and engineering management manpower and the availability of advanced degrees in fields deemed necessary to fuel the economic growth and development of the state, particularly in the Lowcountry. With classes beginning in the Fall of 2014, graduates of this program will have ample opportunities for high ranking jobs in both consulting and service engineering firms as well as manufacturers and government agencies.
“There is strong demand in the fields of engineering and related sciences for this new graduate offering at the Lowcountry Graduate Center. With this partnership, we would like to expand the access of working professionals seeking to strengthen their management and leadership skills.” Dr. Tony Ambler, Dean of USC’s College of Engineering and Computing stated. “It’s an alternative to the MBA that should be appealing to professionals who desire to stay on a technical track as they move forward in their careers.”
Uniquely designed for working adults, the graduate program is structured with weekend classes, including some lectures that will be streamed between USC’s main campus in Columbia and the LGC in North Charleston, taking advantage of the latest technology in high quality distance education. The program will cover topics from managing product development and optimizing resources to providing leadership in making economic decisions and negotiating new projects. Students will also receive instruction on managing teams, engineering functions, technology projects and companies.
This new executive format program is designed primarily for engineers and computer scientists on management career paths. The program includes interdisciplinary courses in engineering, business, law and communications taught by professors from the CEC, the Darla Moore School of Business, the School of Law and the College of Mass Communications. Also, faculty from The Citadel will teach some of the courses.
“Through this collaboration, we demonstrate how to leverage rather than duplicate academic resources. By bringing faculty to the students rather than forcing students to do the traveling, it is a new brand of student-centered graduate education and one that is central to the LGC’s philosophy,” stated Dr. Nancy Muller, LGC Director and Associate Dean. “I expect this new offering to be the first of many structured similarly at the LGC, not only from USC but also other state-owned institutions of higher education including Clemson and South Carolina State University,” she added.
Applicants should hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, computer science, or the equivalent, and have a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination. Applicants will also need letters of reference from their current employer demonstrating their likely competence and success in the management program. Prospective applicants with other degrees and academic attainment will be considered on a case-by-case basis.