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Kettering University Offers New Masters Degree in Engineering Management

January 18, 2007       Leave a Comment
By: Dave Rogers

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Educational opportunities available within driving distance of the tri-county area of Bay, Midland and Saginaw include the former General Motors Institute, now Kettering University, in Flint.

Kettering is offering a new degree in engineering that emphasizes the global marketplace.

"Manufacturing industries realize important cost savings by securing components, parts and services from numerous firms from different parts of the globe," says Dr. Tony Hain, vice president of graduate programs. "With an increasing emphasis on global markets, companies need technical professionals with international business experience. But are there professionals in the U.S. who have superior technical skills and business expertise to handle the challenges of an ever expanding global marketplace?"

Kettering University's new master of science degree program in Engineering Management prepares professionals for the demands of the global economy through two key objectives:

  • Implement a program that provides engineering and technical managers with an educational experience to prepare them for careers as managers in their chosen field; and

  • Provide these professionals with an international experience to prepare them for careers as managers in an integrated global market.

    The program offers interaction between U.S. and German students from Kettering's European partner institutions, Esslingen University and Reutlingen University. Students from all three institutions have opportunities to network and learn about each other's culture and professional perspectives.

    Kettering's Dept. of Business Advisory Board helped format this new degree program, said Dr. Hain. General Motors Corp. (GM), DaimlerChrysler and other firms expressed a need for course offerings with an international flavor. Since major manufacturers like GM employ a common engineering platform in worldwide facilities to save money and increase efficiency, companies now expect engineers to develop the technical and business skills necessary to work in the global marketplace.

    Program components include Kettering engineering undergraduates working on completing all requirements for a Management minor. Students will then take five required courses in Management and a non-credit course in the German language. Students then take 16 credit hours at Esslingen University or 16 at Reutlingen University. Finally, students complete a comprehensive learning experience that involves solving a complex technical problem with global implications.

    The program starts fall term 2007 at Kettering University in Flint. For more on Kettering's new master's degree in Engineering Management, call Tyanna Lange at 810-762-7959, or email at For more on Kettering University, visit:

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