Professional Engineering Programs

UMBC’s Office of Professional Programs offers a suite of engineering programs to meet the needs of engineering professionals in a variety of fields and at any career level.

Professional engineering programs partner with the College of Engineering and Information Technology (COEIT) to educate students on critical engineering topics, project management best practices, leadership of technical teams, and more.

Program Breakdown

Systems Engineering

The interdisciplinary Systems Engineering program equips you with the knowledge, skills, and sensibilities to design, deploy, and manage complex systems. The focus of these programs is to develop your technical ability to think and act systemically. You’ll also gain knowledge necessary for the professional certifications offered by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).  

Recently, INCOSE approved our updated SYST 660 Systems Engineering Principles course for Academic Equivalency.  This will allow any student who receives a final score of 80% or better to waive the Knowledge Exam for INCOSE’s Systems Engineering Professional certification program, both at the Associate (ASEP) and Certified (CSEP) levels.  

Engineering Management

This program is ideal for STEM professionals who want to develop as leaders in their field. Whether you are currently employed by, or transitioning into, a technology-oriented organization, you will learn essential leadership and management skills while staying on the cutting edge of engineering technology. Additionally, our curriculum will prepare you for industry-recognized engineering management certifications offered by the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM).

Technical Management

This degree is designed to develop managers and leaders in various technical roles. Through our curriculum, you will acquire technical leadership, communications, ethics, and project management skills, while getting prepped for careers in such areas as technical sales, business development, and product management. Supporting these types of career trajectories, the degree can be tailored to allow for specialization in emerging technical areas such as cybersecurity and data science.

At a Glance

Locations Offered

  • Main Campus (Catonsville)
  • Shady Grove (Rockville)

Programs Offered

Master’s Degrees

Graduate Certificates

Accelerated BS/MS

Average Completion Time

  • 3 years (Master’s part-time)
  • 1 year (Certificate part-time)

Credit Hours

  • 30 (Master’s)
  • 12 (Certificate)

Tuition & Fees

Start Date

  • Spring/Fall

Why Consider a Professional Engineering Degree?

The need for engineers and leaders with advanced technical degrees continues to increase, especially in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia region. UMBC’s professional engineering degrees focus on providing you with the skills employers are looking for to help with career advancement.

  • A powerful network
    Our programs and courses are led by industry professionals who share practical engineering experience. Smaller class sizes help you build connections with peers across different industries.
  • Recognized credentials
    Prepare for industry recognized credentials from the American Society for Engineering Management (ASEM), the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), the Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • Opportunities beyond the classroom
    You can work on real-world projects to enhance your education and UMBC student experience in ways beyond simply coursework.
  • Flexibility
    Take advantage of the broad UMBC graduate catalog of courses when planning your studies. We frequently introduce new courses in response to current events, student interests, or industry needs.
  • Convenient locations
    Our main campus is conveniently located off of I-95 near BWI Airport, only ten miles from Fort Meade. Our Rockville campus is minutes away from the cybersecurity hubs of Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia.
  • Stackable credentials
    You are able to pursue graduate certificates simultaneously with their master’s degrees. Or, you can complete a certificate first and use those credits towards a degree later.
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Featured Events

Join us for our upcoming virtual Open Houses to explore how our professional programs can help you meet your goals, build your professional network, and equip you with the technical, leadership, and management skills that employers are looking for. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with faculty and staff, gain information on financial aid and career opportunities, and find out why UMBC is the perfect place to expand your education.

UMBC-Shady Grove Professional Programs Virtual Open House. Tuesday October 12. 6 to 7 PM
Fall 2021 Shady Grove Professional Programs Open House
Tuesday, October 12 @ 6:00 pm
UMBC Professional Programs Virtual Open House. Wednesday October 13. 6 to 7 PM
Fall 2021 UMBC Campus Professional Programs Open House
Wednesday, October 13 @ 6:00 pm

Unable to attend? See our full event listing for more opportunities to connect with us!

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If you are looking for an engineering graduate program that is designed with your career goals and needs in mind, we encourage you to explore our site. Bring your future into focus with a professional graduate degree or graduate certificate from UMBC.