Master’s Accelerator

Engineering management is a specialized form of management that is required to successfully lead engineering or technical personnel and projects. The successful engineering manager must have the skills necessary to coach, mentor, and motivate technical professionals, which are often different skills from those needed to work with individuals in other fields.

Engineering Management is flexible with respect to students’ choice of electives and encourages students to select courses that meet one of our emphasis areas or technical courses from Business Administration, Public Administration, Engineering, or Computer Science programs. 

Accelerator Admission Details

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
GPA 3.0 3.0
IELTS 6.5 (no part score below 6.0) 6.0 (no part score below 5.5)
TOEFL IBT 84 (no part below 23 excpet speaking) 70 (no part below 19 except speaking)
GRE Required Yes No
Program Start Date Spring or Fall Spring or Fall

Qualifying undergraduate degrees:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Architectural Engineering
  • Biological/Agricultural Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical/Petroleum Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Management
  • Engineering Physics
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials/Ceramics Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mining Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Systems/Industrial/Manufacturing Engineering


Additional entry requirements:

  • Two years of full-time professional experience working as an engineer, or as a technical person working with or for an engineer, is required for entry through any Master’s Accelerator track, regardless of GPA and IELTS.
  • Math: Minimum cumulative math GPA of 3.0, with no class below a 2.0.
  • Chemistry: Students must have taken coursework in Engineering Chemistry or Chemistry for Engineers. Chemistry courses must be taken in conjunction with a laboratory class.
  • Physics: Students must have taken coursework in Engineering Physics or Physics for Engineers. Physics courses must be taken in conjunction with a laboratory class.
  • A math placement exam may be required for certain engineering programs.

Note: Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Engineering Management degree will take courses on KU’s Edwards Campus in Kansas City. While students are in their Master’s Accelerator semester(s), they will be provided with free transportation from the Lawrence campus to the Edwards campus.

Sample MAP Coursework

  • Personal Development for the Engineering/Project Manager (closed course)
  • Finance for the Project Manager
  • Project Management Fundamentals

Progression Details

Once students successfully complete their MAP curriculum and meet the progression requirements for their degree, students progress into their master’s degree. They will bring 6 or 9 credits with them that count towards the total number of credits required for their degree. Students will pay KU’s standard cost per credit hour for the duration of their degree. The average graduate student will take 9-12 credits per semester, based on workload, course availability, and number of credits needed. Direct MAP students are enrolled in their degree program from the start and do not need to meet any requirements to progress.

  Direct MAP Advanced MAP
Credits Earned Towards Degree 9 6
Progression Requirements Maintain status

Graduate cumulative GPA of  3.0 or higher
No grade lower than a B

Total credits required for degree: