Below are answers to common questions about the online Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Engineering Management (MSOL: ENGR MGMT).

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About the Program
Tuition and Financial Aid

About the Program
Students can earn their degree in a little over two years. Most graduates finish in two years and a quarter, but you are allowed up to three years to earn your degree. The maximum time allowed in this program is three academic years (nine quarters), excluding summer sessions.

This degree offers fully online courses that can be accessed asynchronously from anywhere in the world. Students are required to meet regular deadlines for submitting assignments.

For exams, MSOL students can take their exams anywhere in the world over a period of two days, but these exams must be completed in person. Students can either come to the UCLA campus during the official exam time or complete their exams at a local test center.

No live components are required. Occasional live lectures may be offered, but these are not mandatory. Students also have the option to participate in live orientation sessions and faculty office hours. They are also welcome to attend the on-campus graduation.
Students may complete up to three courses at a time. However, because this is a part-time program, we recommend students take one course each quarter.
36 units (nine courses at four units each).
The online engineering management program requires a commitment of 15 to 20 hours per week.
Yes, this program is specifically designed to be completed part-time by working professionals. Asynchronous courses make it possible to view lectures at the times that are most convenient for you.

All students must complete and pass three designated, written exam questions. Each question must be from a different graduate-level course.

These exams are offered concurrently with the final exams. You may select which of these exams you would like to count toward the Comprehensive Exam Requirement. See the curriculum page for more information.

No, there is no mention of “online” on the diploma or transcript. The transcript will list courses by the department name/course number in the same fashion as on-campus programs. The degree designation will read “Master of Science in Engineering with Certificate of Specialization in Engineering Management.”

UCLA and our engineering programs consistently rank among the top in the nation. Some of our recent rankings include:

2023 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

  • No. 1 Public University
  • No. 1 Online Graduate Engineering Program
  • No. 3 Online Engineering Programs for Veterans
  • No. 7 Best Colleges for Veterans

Times Higher Education Rankings

  • No. 9 in World Reputation Rankings for 2023
Students may petition to apply credit from a maximum of two completed courses toward the MSOL: ENGR MGMT program. Contact an enrollment consultant for details.
We offer two start dates each year: fall and spring. Learn more about our admissions process here.

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate study at UCLA are:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in an engineering discipline, mathematics or physics
  • A GPA of 3.0 in the last two years of undergraduate coursework
  • GRE test scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS test scores
  • Required for international applicants

See the admissions page for details on application materials and requirements.

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering may consider applicants with slightly lower GPAs based on other aspects of their applications. Contact an enrollment consultant as soon as possible to discuss your options.
GRE test scores may be waived for applicants who have highly competitive holistic portfolios. Contact an enrollment consultant for details.

Official transcripts are sent directly from your institution’s registrar’s office to the department to which you are applying (either via mail or electronically). Required application materials should be attached via your online application. Transcripts can be submitted electronically at or mailed to:

4732 Boelter Hall
Box 951601
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1601

You can start your application here. If you have questions or are interested in a walkthrough of the process, please contact one of our enrollment consultants toll-free at (877) 837-8352 or
Tuition and Financial Aid
Total program tuition for the MSOL: ENGR MGMT program is $39,600, with a cost per credit of $1,100. For a detailed breakdown, visit the tuition and financial aid page.

Applicants may seek external scholarship opportunities via the Grad Funding database. They can also apply for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Begin your FAFSA online here.

Students may receive a departmental or Graduate Division award in addition to an award based solely on financial need if they meet the need-based criteria. However, the amount of a need-based award may change based on any other awards received.

The FAFSA school code is 001315-00.

About the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering

The UCLA Samueli School of Engineering includes No. 1 ranked online engineering master’s programs and is a tightly knit community of nearly 200 full-time faculty members, more than 6,500 undergraduate and graduate students, as well as 40,000 active alumni. Known as the birthplace of the internet, UCLA Samueli is also where countless other fields took some of their first steps — from artificial intelligence to reverse osmosis, from mobile communications to human prosthetics. In 2021, UCLA became the first university to win an XPRIZE with a UCLA Samueli team awarded a $7.5 million grand prize in the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. UCLA is ranked No. 1 among public universities, per U.S. News & World Report.

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