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Do I need to be an engineer to apply for EMSEM?
Apply for EMSEM if you are a mid-career senior engineer and/or manager with substantive working experience and would like to become an engineer-leader in the engineering and management of large-scale complex socio-technical systems. Students admitted to this program are expected to have at least a bachelor's degree with honors (Second Class Lower) or equivalent in Engineering, Science, Computing or a related discipline which deals with quantitative methodologies. See ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for more details.
  How do I decide between an MBA and EMSEM?  
EMSEM courses focus on the challenges of managing systems and technology, improving their efficiency and effectiveness. Hence the curriculum does not cover the standard MBA’s business administration topics such as marketing and accounting, except for finance which is important for all systems. If your goal is general business administration, an MBA is appropriate. However, EMSEM is a good choice if your focus is on systems engineering and management, not in-depth technology, marketing or economics.
  How does EMSEM compare to an MS or an MSE?  
A Master's of Science (MS) or a Master's of Engineering (MSE) focuses on a single technology and does not usually cover the system’s perspective, technology breadth or management. EMSEM is not technology specific, it is system specific, and hence it is applicable to different domains and disciplines. It deals with issues such as specialized engineering systems operations, strategic management, system integration and cross-border issues.

The Industrial and Systems Engineering Department offers the MSc (Industrial & Systems Engineering) program, currently in two areas of specialization, namely, Logistics & Operations Research and Project Management. It is designed for young and mid-career engineering professionals, hence the curriculum of the MSc (Industrial & Systems Engineering) program will be more analytical in nature. This MSc may be more suitable for you if you are more analytical, mathematical inclined and would like to learn more on industrial engineering.

The style of teaching in EMSEM is quite different from an MS or MSE program. The teaching style involves much more active class participation, case studies, project work and visits.
  What type of time commitment is involved? What is the workload?  
This is a part-time program with ten well-spaced modules over a period of 1.5 years. Each module will be conducted as a short course with interactive sessions over 6 days. Students can expect to spend up to 10 hours a day, for lectures, project work, visits etc. Two weeks before class, students are expected to read the pre-course materials. For more information, please refer to CURRICULUM OVERVIEW and PROGRAM CALENDAR.
  Can I waive core courses based on past courses?  
Students who have had previous, graduate-level experience in core subjects may request a waiver. If prior academic coursework qualifies them for a waiver, an additional elective may be substituted. Students are not encouraged to seek waivers as the content and style of teaching are often different from what they have taken before. For more information, please refer to DEGREE REQUIREMENTS.
  Are GMAT's or GRE's required?  
No. However, candidates who graduated from universities in which English is not the medium of instruction are also strongly encouraged to present their TOEFL or IELTS scores; and/or GRE or GMAT scores. They will be interviewed to ascertain their communication skill in English.
  Do you require interviews for admission?  
  Applicants whose admission qualifications fall short of the minimum requirements will be interviewed. See ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS for more details.  
  What are the forms of assessments?  
  Each module will be assessed in a variety of ways:  
  Pre-module assignment or test
    Class Participations
  Assignments, Case discussions and presentations
    Quizzes and final exam
  Post module term paper or written assignment
  What are the requirements for graduation?  
  To successfully graduate, a candidate must obtain 40 modular credits (equivalent to passing 10 modules) within the specified maximum period of candidature of 4 years. In addition, the candidate must have obtained a Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of at least 3.0.

A student must demonstrate satisfactory progress during his or her candidate in order to continue in the program. An academic warning is issued to a student if his or her CAP falls below 3.0. A student may be dismissed and refused re-admission if in the first segment of study, his/her CAP is less than 2.0, or he/she has received two consecutive academic warning. Please see DEGREE REQUIREMENTS for more details.
  How long can I take to complete the program?  
  A student may complete the program in 1.5 years or opt for a longer period of study depending on his work and family commitments. Students admitted into the program are expected to complete all the requirements within a maximum period of four (4) years. A candidate may be granted leave of absence as per the University guidelines.