Online Master of Engineering Courses

The online engineering courses at Case Western Reserve University are designed to challenge engineering students to use creative problem-solving in a collaborative educational environment to meet today's most important engineering needs. All engineering classes are taught online by the same faculty who teach on campus. Students gain access to a world-class learning platform that is easy to use and powered with features that create a stimulating learning environment.

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Core Courses

EPOM 400 Leadership and Interpersonal Skills (Core)

This course uses an experience-based approach to increase understanding of communication, emotional intelligence and behavioral-based communication needs in the work environment. To increase understanding, students will learn to recognize, manage and leverage these in business relationships as well as in team and group processes to develop effective leadership style. Students will work in teams to examine the topics from the perspective of team members, and leaders and will formulate strategies to reach desired goals or outcomes.

EPOM 401 Introduction to Business for Engineers (Core)

This course provides an introduction to the business environment for practicing engineers. The course emphasizes the interplay between business and engineering in the context of the competitive marketplace (economics), how engineering proposals are evaluated (finance), the relationship between product and customer (marketing), making effective use of micro-disciplinary teams (organizational behavior), and the manufacturing and production process (operations).

EPOM 403 Product and Process Design and Implementation (Core)

The course aim is to provide a solid understanding of the many aspects of the engineering design process and the management of technology. The course focuses on the engineering and management activities used to develop and bring to market new products and processes. Recommended preparation: EPOM 401.

EPOM 405 Applied Engineering Statistics (Core)

This course provides an intensive introduction to fundamental concepts, applications and the practice of contemporary engineering statistics. Each topic is introduced through realistic sample problems to be solved first by using standard spreadsheet programs and then using more sophisticated software packages. Primary attention is given to teaching the fundamental concepts underlying standard analysis methods.

EPOM 407 Engineering Economics & Financial Analysis (Core)

3 Units. Engineering economics provides a set of tools to aid in deciding which course of economic action is most desirable to take in an engineering project. In this course, money and profit are the critical measures of performance in engineering design. Topics: Introduction to capital allocation problems; The time value of money; Application of economic equivalence to engineering design problems; Economic criteria for comparing projects; Depreciation and taxation; Retirement and replacement; Effects of inflation and escalation on economic evaluations; Use of optimization methods to evaluate many alternatives; Decision Analysis: the effect of risk and attitudes; and Accounting fundamentals: income and balance sheets.

EPOM 409 Master of Engineering Capstone Project (Core)

This is the capstone course for the Master of Engineering Program, which provides students with the opportunity to integrate the program's topics through an intensive case study project. Interdisciplinary teams are assigned a major engineering project that covers the stages from design concept through development to final manufacture, including business and engineering decision making to maximize market penetration. Topics also include safety, environmental issues, ethics, intellectual property, product liability and societal issues. Recommended preparation: EPOM 401, EPOM 403, EPOM 405 and EPOM 407.

Concentration in Biomedical Engineering

EBME 401D Biomedical Instrumentation & Signal Processing

Graduate students with various undergraduate backgrounds will learn the fundamental principles of biomedical measurements that integrate instrumentation and signal processing with problem-based hands-on experience.

EBME 406 Polymers in Medicine (materials)

This course covers the important fundamentals and applications of polymers in medicine and consists of three major components: (i) the blood and soft-tissue reactions to polymer implants; (ii) the structure, characterization and modification of biomedical polymers; and (iii) the application of polymers in a broad range of cardiovascular and extravascular devices. The chemical and physical characteristics of biomedical polymers and the properties required to meet the needs of the intended biological function will be presented. Course includes clinical evaluation, including recent advances and current problems associated with different polymer implants.

EBME 410 Medical Imaging Fundamentals (imaging)

Physical principles of medical imaging. Imaging devices for x-ray, ultrasound, magnetic resonance, etc. Image quality descriptions. Patient risk.

EBME 421 Bioelectric Phenomena (neural engineering)

The goal of this course is to provide working knowledge of the theoretical methods that are used in the fields of electrophysiology and bioelectricity for both neural and cardiac systems. These methods will be applied to describe, from a theoretical and quantitative perspective, the electrical behavior of excitable cells, the methods for recording their activity and the effect of applied electrical and magnetic fields on excitable issues.

EBME 432 Quantitative Analysis of Physiological Systems

Mathematical modeling and simulation of cellular, tissue, and organ systems: respiratory, renal, liver, cardiovascular, neural, and muscular. Dynamic mass transport and reaction processes. Cellular metabolism. Cardiac electrophysiology and regulation. Excitable cells and tissue. Neural system integration, feedback, and control. Prerequisites: graduate status. Recommended preparation: differential equations, linear algebra, MATLAB.

EBME 440 Translational Research for BME

Translation of laboratory developments to improve biomedical and clinical research and patient care. Interdisciplinary and team communication. Evaluation of technology and research planning with clinical and engineering perspectives. Discussing clinical situations, shadowing clinicians, attending Grand Rounds and Morbidity-Mortality conferences. Validation study design. Regulatory/oversight organization. Protocol design and informed consent for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval. NIH requirements for human subject research. Special project reports to produce IRB protocol or NIH-style proposal.

EBME 451 Cellular and Molecular Physiology

This course covers cellular and molecular basics for graduate students with little or no prior biology background. The emphasis of EBME 451 is on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying physiological processes. Structure-function relationship will be addressed throughout the course. The primary goal of the course is to develop understanding of the principles of the physiological processes at molecular and cellular level and to promote independent thinking and ability to solve unfamiliar problems. This course is no longer a core course of the Biomedical Engineering graduate curriculum but serves as a fundamentals course to prepare students for the graduate cellular and molecular physiology core.

EBME 471 Principles of Medical Device Design and Innovation

Translational research leading to medical device innovation is highly interdisciplinary, requiring a systematic, structured approach to bringing new medical technologies to market. This course provides the fundamental principles of the Biodesign innovation process, providing the student the essential tools to (A) identify unmet clinical needs, (B) create innovative medical device concepts that respond to a primary unmet need, and (C) understand the process for translating these concepts into the market. In short, the student learns the fundamental principles for the process of "identify, invent, implement" in the field of Biodesign.

Concentration in Systems & Control Engineering

ECSE 401 Digital Signal Processing

3 Units. Characterization of discrete-time signals and systems. Fourier analysis: the Discrete-time Fourier Transform, the Discrete-time Fourier series, the Discrete Fourier Transform and the Fast Fourier Transform. Continuous-time signal sampling and signal reconstruction. Digital filter design: infinite impulse response filters, finite impulse response filters, filter realization and quantization effects. Random signals: discrete correlation sequences and power density spectra, response of linear systems. Recommended preparation: Undergraduate Signals and Systems course.

ECSE 404 Digital Control Systems

3 Units. Data Acquisition (theory and practice), digital control of sampled data systems, stability tests, system simulation digital filter structure, finite word length effects, limit cycles, state-variable feedback and state estimation. PLC systems and programming.

ECSE 408 Introduction to Linear Systems

3 Units. Analysis and design of linear feedback systems using state-space techniques. Review of matrix theory, linearization, transition maps and variations of constants formula, structural properties of state-space models, controllability and observability, realization theory, pole assignment and stabilization, linear quadratic regulator problems, observers, and the separation theorem.

Recommended preparation: Undergraduate Control course or EECS 304.

ECSE 416 Convex Optimization for Engineering

3 Units. This course will focus on the development of a working knowledge and skills to recognize, formulate and solve convex optimization problems that are so prevalent in engineering. Applications in control systems; parameter and state estimation; signal processing; communications and networks; circuit design; data modeling and analysis; data mining including clustering and classification; and combinatorial and global optimization will be highlighted. New reliable and efficient methods, particularly those based on interior-point methods and other special methods to solve convex optimization problems will be emphasized. Implementation issues will also be underscored. Recommended preparation: Discrete math (MATH 201 or equivalent).

Concentration in Mechanical Engineering

EMAE 450 Advanced Mechanical Engineering Analysis

This course aims to equip students with tools for solving mathematical problems commonly encountered in mechanical engineering. The goals are to enable the student to properly categorize the problem in a variety of ways, to identify appropriate approaches to solving the problem and to choose effective numerical solution methods. The course covers analytical and computational approaches to linear and nonlinear problems in both discrete and continuous systems. Computational approaches include direct methods such as finite difference methods and approximation methods based on a variational approach, such as finite elements. The course is built around specific examples from solid mechanics, dynamics, vibrations, heat transfer and fluid mechanics, represented by initial value problems, eigenvalue problems and boundary value problems.

EMAE 456 Bio Manufacturing and MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)

Microscale technologies have enabled advanced capabilities for researchers in unexplored territories of cells in biology and medicine. Biological (or Biomedical) Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (BioMEMS) involve the fundamentals of mechanics, electronics and advanced microfabrication technologies with specific emphasis on biological applications. BioMEMS is an interdisciplinary research area which brings together multiple disciplines including, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, clinical sciences, medicine, and biology. BioMEMS based technologies have found real world applications in tissue engineering, implantable microdevices, proteomics, genomics, molecular biology, and point-of-care platforms. This course aims to: (1) introduce the need for miniaturized systems in biology and medicine and the fundamental design and microfabrication concepts, (2) introduce the basics of microscale manipulation of cells and biological agents employing the fundamentals of microscale behaviors of fluids and mechanical systems, (3) expose the students to applications of BioMEMS and on-chip technologies in biology and medicine with clinical impact. Recommended Preparation: ENGR 200, ENGR 225, EMAE 285, BIOL 325, EECS 424, and ECHE 483

EMAE 460 Theory and Design of Fluid Power Machinery

This course focuses on fluid mechanics and thermodynamics aspects of the design of fluid power machinery. Examples and applications of theoretical and design analyses are drawn from axial and radial flow turbomachinery, positive displacement devices and their components.

EMAE 480 Fatigue of Materials

This course addresses the fundamental and applied aspects of fatigue in metals, polymers and ceramics. Topics include behavior of materials in stress and strain cycling, methods of computing cyclic stress and strain, and cumulative fatigue damage under complex loading. The application of linear elastic fracture mechanics to fatigue crack propagation is explored, as are mechanisms of fatigue crack initiation and propagation, and mechanistic and probabilistic approaches to fatigue life prediction. The course also uses case histories to illustrate fatigue failures and identify practical approaches to mitigate fatigue and prolong life.

EMAE 481 Advanced Dynamics I

The purpose of this course is to broaden a student's expertise in dynamics beyond the level of a typical undergraduate course. In this course particle and rigid body kinematics and dynamics will be developed for two and three-dimensional motion. In addition to reviewing Newtonian mechanics, Lagrange's equations will be introduced and applied to constrained and unconstrained systems. Concepts of virtual work, which are needed for the development of Lagrange's equations, will also be introduced in this course. Newton's and Lagrange's equations will be applied to a range of systems including mechanisms, gyroscopes and vehicles.

EMAE 487 Vibration Problems in Engineering

The primary goal of this course is to introduce the student to the fundamentals of vibration engineering with the theory, computational aspects, and applications of vibrations for typical problems, including the emphasis of computer techniques of analysis. Topics include free and forced-vibration problems in single and multi-degree of freedom damped and undamped linear systems, vibration isolation and absorbers, modal analysis and approximate solutions, introduction to vibration of continuous media, noise problems.

EMAE 494 Energy Systems

This course is a cutting edge, interdisciplinary, graduate level course focused at the nexus of advanced energy and innovation. The energy market is dynamic, complex and is a system of sub-systems with multiple paths to market. Key technology developments are influencing progress towards a drastically different energy future. The high cost of capital associated with bringing a new technology to market increases perceived risks. To successfully embed advanced energy technology you have to be able to effectively navigate the market and reduce the risks associated with adopting a new technology. This course helps close the gap between energy research and industry by providing students a process for managing innovation, an understanding of the complex and dynamic energy market and "hands on" experience building a business through the creation of E-teams who ultimately pitch their business ideas to investors.

Concentration in Engineering, Innovation Management & Leadership

EPOM 410 Intellectual Property Management and Opportunity Assessment

The goal of this course is to address issues relating to the commercialization of scientific inventions by exposing graduate students to the challenges and opportunities encountered when attempting to develop meaningful intellectual property from the point of early discovery to the clinic and market. Specifically, this course seeks to provide students with the ability to value a given technological advance or invention holistically, focusing on issues that extend beyond scientific efficacy and include patient and practitioner value propositions, legal and intellectual property protection, business modeling, potential market impacts, market competition, and ethical, social, and healthcare practitioner acceptance.

EPOM 411 Innovation—the Confluence of Need, Requirements and Creativity

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with tools and methods of facilitation necessary to move from a simple idea, to a validated development concept with commercial potential. Drawing from fundamentals of a range of programs, including Stanford's BioDesign, Lean Launch, Requirements by Design and others, the course will lead students through the process of developing detailed perspectives on unmet need, validated design requirements, intellectual property analysis and commercialization fundamentals.

EPOM 412 Technology Commercialization-Aligning Development Requirements to Value Creation Activities

The overall goal of this course is to address the process of technology transfer. The course will build on an understanding of IP Management and Commercialization activities that follow a new discovery, and examine specific approaches to commercializing technology through the process of technology transfer both in the context of academic research and industry research and development. An overview of the drivers governing relevant industry standards will be discussed, along with specific tools that include sponsored research, licensing, and startup formation. The course will include hands-on assessments of two case studies that present applications of law and policy in the context of collaborative technology development, where each student team will provide a critique and overview of how they would handle the circumstances of the given case.

EPOM 413 Innovation, Strategy and Leadership—Contemporary Approaches to Future Growth

The overall goal of this course is to address the process of innovating in an enterprise context. Outside of the enterprise, global shifts, economic developments and technological evolutions all present opportunities and challenges for innovation-based organizations. Inside the enterprise, company culture, acceptable risk/reward profiles and strategic mindsets will all influence the effectiveness of valuable innovation. Building on an understanding of IP Management and Commercialization activities that follow a new discovery (see, e.g., EPOM 410), and needs-based innovation and design (see, e.g., EPOM 411) this course examines specific approaches and factors related to effectively responding to the challenge of innovation from strategic and leadership perspectives. This course will examine approaches to strategic leadership relative to innovative challenges, building an understanding of successful endeavors, flops that "should have worked" and an embrace of the myriad choices and factors that underlie competitive innovation. The course is three credit hours. During the semester, students will work individually, focusing on issues of the process of structuring innovation, applying tools and methodologies presented during the course. Course leaders and presenters will be drawn from across the university and industry. Analytical and philosophical understanding will be enhanced by hands-on assessments of two case studies that present applications of law and policy in the context of strategic technology innovation and leadership. The goal of each student team is to provide a critique and overview of what factors drove the circumstances and outcomes of the given case. The ultimate objective is to deliver a working understanding the strategic options available when attempting to lead an innovative enterprise through the process of converting innovative potential to strategically competitive solution.

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Take your online engineering courses with you wherever you go. Our online learning platform works on desktop, tablet and mobile devices. Study wherever it's most convenient for you.
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Immersive Interactions with Classmates and Faculty

Get to know professors and peers through audio, video, live study sessions and other online interactions. Meet engineering students and professionals from all over the world in a digital classroom. Opportunities are built into each course to self-reflect, interact with classmates and receive extra support and feedback on challenging topics before evaluations take place.
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Innovative Multimedia Lectures

All types of learners benefit from the multimedia instruction in Case Western Reserve's online engineering courses. The frequent use of embedded multimedia like graphics and animations provides context and perspective on assigned readings, while slides and transcripts give students all the material they need to master lessons.
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Easy Progress Tracking

Each course guides you through a weekly path of prescribed tasks that build in complexity as you learn, master and are evaluated on defined objectives. Know where you are at all times with an elegant tracking system for your online engineering courses. The online gradebook lets you know your status on all assignments, tests and course progress.
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Get and Give Feedback

Unlike crowded classrooms where it's difficult to gain access to professors, the digital learning environment of Case Western Reserve's online engineering classes allow you to make an impact. Not only can you engage in meaningful discourse with professors, you can also provide feedback on any page of the online learning platform so that subsequent cohorts will have an even better experience.
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The Benefits of Studying at Case Western Reserve

Case Western Reserve educates practicing engineers who want to make a positive contribution to the world with their work. The Case School of Engineering is ranked among the nation's Top 50 Graduate Engineering Schools, and it is ranked in the Top 20 for Biomedical Engineering.1

In addition to receiving a valuable education in engineering skills, Case Western Reserve's engineering programs also give students the opportunity to learn management and business operations skills that prepare them for leadership positions in their fields. Students complete courses that are tailored to today's business issues, and they have an opportunity to forge their own engineering path by choosing one of four concentrations within the Master of Engineering program.

In our innovative capstone course, students form interdisciplinary teams to work on a major engineering project, from design concept through development to final manufacture. Students have the opportunity to make business and engineering decisions to maximize the market penetration of their design.

Engineering Education That Matters

Students who enroll in our online Master of Engineering program receive instruction from faculty who are considered leaders in the engineering industry. Case Western Reserve's research capabilities benefit from more than 270 partnerships with some of the nation's premier institutions, including the Cleveland Clinic, the NASA Glenn Research Center, University Hospitals of Cleveland and many more. Online engineering students receive access to all the same powerful engineering resources that on-campus students do.

Every online Master of Engineering student also has a Student Success Coordinator who is dedicated to helping students throughout the program, from entering the program through graduation. Student Success Coordinators provide online students with the resources and information they need to pursue their professional goals. They are always available to answer questions and offer support.

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Get More Information on Our Online Engineering Courses

If you're in search of a Master of Engineering degree to lead you to a more fulfilling and lucrative career, studying at Case Western Reserve can prepare you to thrive in today's engineering industries.

Set up an appointment with an admissions outreach advisor for more information, request a brochure, or call us at 855-500-3840 for more information. Get started with the admissions process by viewing our application checklist here, and read more info about the program on our blog.

Admissions Deadlines

Priority Deadline
March 18
Summer 2024 Term
Final Deadline
April 7
Summer 2024 Term
Start Date
May 7
Summer 2024 Term


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