About this Program

This program is designed to develop world-class professional systems engineers and engineering managers. This is achieved by combining the highest-level education and practical business experience. We do this by integrating EMSE departmental capabilities with the relevant problems and environment of a sponsoring company. This ensures that each student advances theoretical knowledge in a practical context.

Program Highlights

  • Designed to leverage the research and know-how of the faculty

  • Collaborative environment built on the unique relationship between the faculty advisor and the doctoral student

  • Students will develop the highest possible capability to provide innovative solutions in specialized engineering endeavors

  • The graduates of the program will meet the highest standards for advanced level engineering and leadership positions in industry and government

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Doctor of Engineering
Engineering Management and Systems Engineering
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Chief Executives

$196,050 Median Salary

Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.

Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary

$109,830 Median Salary

Teach courses pertaining to the application of physical laws and principles of engineering for the development of machines, materials, instruments, processes, and services. Includes teachers of subjects such as chemical, civil, electrical, industrial, mechanical, mineral, and petroleum engineering. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

General and Operations Managers

$123,460 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

Architectural and Engineering Managers

$146,290 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.

Alumni Careers

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What are the requirements to apply for Engineering Management & Systems Engineering at ODU?
Students entering the Doctor of Engineering program in Engineering Management & Systems Engineering should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program in engineering or engineering technology or from an accredited program in applied science with a GPA of 3.00 (out of 4.00) or better.

  • Graduate degree in Engineering Management or related discipline with GPA of 3.5 or higher.

  • GRE Exam (GRE requirement may be waived at GPD discretion based on academic preparation and related work experience).

  • Transcripts from all institutions that the applicant has attended.

  • A curriculum vitae that highlights professional and research related activities.

  • An essay of 500 words or less describing personal and academic goals, professional objectives, preparation for graduate study, and how the chosen program will help the applicant achieve these goals and objectives. The essay should clearly state the specific area in which the applicant intends to specialize.

  • Any prior publications.

  • International students also need to provide additional documentation as per International Admissions requirements.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.