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Why study the SCU Online MEM?


Learn to effectively manage and lead a team of engineers


Confidently manage stakeholder engagement


Adopt sustainable engineering practices


Analyse relevant and contextual case studies 


Add business skills to your engineering background


Units may count towards CPD with Engineers Australia


One of Australia’s most affordable degrees of its kind

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16 months part-time

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Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov




$2,900 per unit, FEE-HELP available

Dr Tim Heldt from Southern Cross University discusses how an online Master of Engineering Mangement can assist in providing the right skills and knowledge.

Subheading: Benefits of completing the Master of Engineering Management. Tim Heldt: "Hi, my name is Tim Heldt. I'm a lecturer in the Masters of engineering management for Southern Cross University. In the last 20 years, there's been a lot of changes and a lot of need for change in the way that engineering gets managed. So in order to progress and fully utilised and broaden the skill base and the contribution of individuals as they progress, they really need to understand a lot more about engineering management processes. For somebody who is competent and experienced in their engineering area, and wants to progress - and wants to make a great contribution involving technical decisions, then the MEM will be an ideal preparation to support that growth. Whereas an MBA will primarily support just the business stream of that component. And of course, the way the MEM has been designed - it actually includes both. It doesn't exclude the MBA, but it uses some of the MBA skills with the engineering management skills to produce a different outcome."

Lead the future of engineering

A Master of Engineering Management from Southern Cross University Online will prime you for a future less “greenfield”. You’ll gain the skills to respond strategically to a growing population demand for world-class infrastructure, becoming a versatile engineer who can manage multi-disciplinary teams, stakeholders, budgets, and timelines. In addition, some units studied in a master of engineering degree may count towards your continued professional development (CPD) requirements with Engineers Australia or your relevant professional registering body.

Engineering graduate programs bolster your engineering foundation. When working toward a Masters in engineering, units covered include economic viability and sustainability, infrastructure longevity and stakeholder participation. With this program, you can also add a business administration flavour by choosing units in entrepreneurship and marketing, accounting, project management, and leadership, to give yourself a well-rounded edge.

Learning outcomes

Gain business administration skills

This degree allows you to pair your engineering background and knowledge with business skills by choosing three elective units from SCU's Online MBA.

Become an effective leader

Be exposed to modern leadership and management techniques so you can be a successful and effective leader in the field of engineering.

Adopt a sustainable perspective

Challenge your problem-solving skills and focus on issues facing the engineering field today, so that you can build the world a more sustainable future.

What you will study

To complete a Master of Engineering Management degree, you will complete three core units and the Research Project, plus three elective units of your choice. 

The Engineering for a Sustainable Future unit focuses on sustainability and environmental practice, with a focus on serious issues facing the field of engineering.

The Stakeholder Engagement unit will leave you with an understanding of stakeholder engagement plans within an engineering leadership role.

The Strategic Infrastructure Management unit assesses the strategies used to purchase, maintain and enhance the longevity of public and private infrastructure.  

The Accounting for Managers unit will introduce you to the fundamentals of financial and management accounting viewed from the perspective of the business manager. 

As part of the Organisational Behaviour unit, you will study organisations and the individual, interpersonal and group processes and the organisational system.

Explore digital marketing tools and techniques to develop well-structured digital marketing plans and undertake a digital marketing campaign.

In the Business Analytics unit, you will explore statistical tools to analyse and model real-world situations.

The Project Management Principles unit covers the foundation elements of managing business projects.

The Project Management: Initiation and Planning unit guides you through the project management process, from initiation to planning and development.

In the Project Management: Quality, Control and Risk unit, you will learn how to implement project plans that mitigate risk, establish controls and ensure quality projects.

The Finance for Managers unit introduces the financial concepts and contemporary issues of business management.

The Global Business unit examines the challenges confronting the global business manager and gives you the knowledge you need to understand and operate successfully in global business environments.

Develop a working knowledge of IT within business settings and analyse operations effects in the Managing Digital Enterprise unit

You will explore in-depth the techniques, tools and methods behind information systems in the Information Systems Analysis and Design unit.

Explore a diverse range of leadership styles, preparing you for a bright future in leadership or management in The Positive Leader

In the unit Corporate Governance for Managers, you will be introduced to corporate governance – one of the most important developments in business.

The Industry Research Project is a two-part unit, involving a literature review, and strategic research and data collection methods to fill in any identified research gaps. 

Early exit option

We know that plans change, which is why we’ve built flexible completion options into the online Master of Engineering Management. If you need to exit early, you could still receive a Graduate Certificate in Engineering by completing four units (two Core units plus two Elective units).

Graduate Certificate
4 Units

Or continue studying

Masters Degree
+ 4 Units

A typical study period at SCU Online
Typical study period timeline

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Our study periods: Jan, Mar, Apr, July, Sep, Nov

Late applications may be considered under special circumstances up until the start of O'Week. For more information please speak with a Student Enrolment Advisor.

Entry requirements

To qualify for the Master of Engineering Management, you must:

  • Have a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering, or in a cognate discipline: OR
  • Have a three-year undergraduate degree in engineering, or in a cognate discipline, plus at least two  years of relevant work experience; OR
  • Demonstrate relevant prior learning and/or experience equivalent to the two points above, AND
  • Students must also be proficient in English. 

Find out more about Rules Relating to Awards and Specific Award Rules

We recognise and reward credit for past education, qualifications and/or work experience in a process called advanced standing. If you're eligible for advanced standing, this can impact the number of units you need to study, reducing the time and cost of your overall degree. 

Find out more about applying for advanced standing

Ready to take the next step in your career? It's your time.

At Southern Cross University Online, we've helped thousands of people with real lives and real ambition to realise their goals and dreams by supporting them every step of the way.
We provide affordable courses, flexible learning and excellent student support, so you can achieve the impossible and make the most out of your time. 
It’s time to put yourself first. Follow your ambition. 

When you study online with SCU, you're not on your own. We're connected, together. 

Our teachers, academics and education designers have built these courses for people like you. Before commencing study, your dedicated Student Success Advisor will be in touch by phone, email or chat to help you plan your schedule. As you work towards your dream of achieving your degree, your advisor works like an extra pair of eyes and ears with support, advice and motivation throughout your study journey. 


Our Accreditations & Endorsements

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Our online programs meet all of the AQF guidelines, ensuring quality education.

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5-STAR Rating for Institutional Student Support and Social Equity, Business and Management Teaching Quality, Teacher Education Learning Resources, Nursing Learning Resources and Skills Development.

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Southern Cross University is one of the Asia-Pacific’s Top 150 Young Universities.

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Our postgraduate student support and satisfaction both above the national average.

What our students say
Timothy - MEM - testimonial
Master of Engineering student Timothy.

I found the course content to be interesting and relevant and feel it has helped me to develop a more flexible way of thinking and developed skills I will need as I step away slightly from a technical role and into a managerial role.

Timothy Croad

Online Master of Engineering Management Graduate

Michael- MEM - testimonial
Master of Engineering student Michael.

All individual subjects I have studied to date have influenced my daily work, however, the one piece that sticks out the most is a Cost-Benefit Analysis that we have completed in Information Systems Analysis and Design. It was immediately applicable to several projects I was working on at the time, by clearly quantifying the cost vs benefit of each project for my clients and our company.

Michael Siefert

Online Master of Engineering Management Graduate

What our students do

Our Master of Engineering Management students have varied roles across different industries. Below are some examples of jobs our students have. 

  • Assets Manager Controller
  • Senior Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Senior Safety Supervisor 
  • Subsea Engineer


  • Construction Supervisor
  • Structural Engineer
  • Superintendent 
Course Coordinator

Meet our Course Coordinator

Dr Ken Doust is the Course Coordinator for the Master of Engineering Management at Southern Cross University. Passionate about sustainability and holistic approaches to making it, such as systems thinking and knowledge sharing, some areas of research interest include the re-engineering of existing infrastructure in both urban and regional areas, how to leverage the value of these areas through the application of leading technologies to suit emerging industries and rejuvenate communities and their local economies. 
Ken is also one of three co-directors for the Australian Oceania Hub of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). And a senior visiting fellow at the UNSW Research Centre for Integrated Transport Innovation (rCITI) and is currently leading an SCU research team in a study to identify Freight and Supply Chain constraints and improvements for the Northern Rivers of NSW.  

With work experience spanning 40 years within engineering, maintenance, asset management and regional infrastructure planning in the legacy railway agencies, he possesses broad knowledge of the transport industry and NSW rail transport framework. 

Ken Doust