Hofstra debuts Engineering Management MS program

By design: Hofstra's new Master's of Science in Engineering Management degree program is built to create more business-savvy engineers.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

A new master of science degree program has hit the ground running inside Hofstra University’s Department of Engineering.

Offered for the first time this Spring 2019 semester, Hofstra’s new Master of Science in Engineering Management degree program combines the best of the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and the Fred DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Science in a multidisciplined effort to “bridge the gap between the technical side of engineering and business management,” Hofstra said in a statement.

Billed as the only one of its kind on Long Island to be affiliated with an Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-accredited business school, the 30-credit program aims to give entrepreneurial engineers the technical and business-development skills their futures will demand – qualifying graduates for careers as project engineers, engineering managers and product engineers at a wide range of commercial manufacturers and government agencies.

Richard Puerzer: Communication is key, even for engineers.

Hofstra Engineering Department Chairman Richard Puerzer, who directs the new degree program, said the program is meant to propel graduates straight to the top.

“The MS in Engineering Management is designed to increase an engineer’s knowledge and skill set with regard to management, enabling her or him to become a strong and effective manager and to ascend the corporate ladder into management positions,” Puerzer said. “This program works within Hofstra’s mission of creating multidisciplinary problem-solvers.”

Courses folded into the new program, which combines on-campus and online learning options, cover quantitative decision-making for engineers, engineering quality management, managerial finance, business ethics and information systems for managers, among other cutting-edge engineering and critical business-management instruction.

Master’s in Engineering Management students are also eligible to participate in the Zarb School’s DeMatteis Co-op Program, which provides an integrated educational and professional experience by placing learners in paid positions at companies related to their fields, for as long as eight months prior to graduation – both a leg up on real-world experience and a bona fide pipeline to postgraduate employment, according to the university.

“We anticipate there will be some co-op opportunities for our students, which will enable them to go out and get experience,” Puerzer said. “Engineers can only achieve the ability to solve problems when working with others, so it’s really important to be … capable of working with people in the legal profession, the medical profession and across many different disciplines, and to be able to communicate those problem-solving skills.”