I just did a search of how engineering degrees are viewed on the street and it seems that some people are for it and some people are against it. I don't see how an engineering degree can be a bad thing. A friend of mine recently started an engineering management degree and it seems like the perfect degree. He will learn all management skills someone getting a BA in business administration would and all the math and science skills of someone getting a BS in engineering. On top of that he can get a concentration in Financial Engineering.

Does anyone else agree that its hard to go wrong with an engineering management or any of engineering degree?

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Might be good for trading type roles only
where is he getting the engineering management degree?

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I always see engineering looked upon favorably in terms of analytical/technical skills. A minor or second major in finance or econ would improve your chances significantly.

Engineering management is not viewed as a very technical or quant heavy degree. So even though it's called engineering, it's not viewed the same.


In reply to Dogon

Might be good for trading type roles only
where is he getting the engineering management degree?

The school is pretty well known in the northeast, not to the general public but to companies and recruiters. Think Stevens/Rensselaer/Northeastern/WPI. It also leaves him with plenty of options, F100, BB, and top second tier consulting firms all recruit at his school and from what I've heard MBA programs love engineering degrees. I might be biased but I think engineering gives you a lot of options and opens a lot of doors.

In reply to frank562


How come? You take all the same math and sciences, the only difference is that junior and senior year the courses cover everything from circuits to supply chain management, giving him a working knowledge of almost everything.


I highly doubt management engineering has the same physics/calc lower div requirements or the same upper division design classes as a typical engineering major. Even if you do, people will not perceive management engineering to be as technical or quantitative as electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil, comp sci etc.

I'm not saying it's not a good degree, and it can be broad based like you said, but you won't have the same technical pedigree as other engineers.



engineers are smarter than the rest.



Are you talking about your undergrad? Th Friend excuse is not believable

I dont believe an Engineering management degree is comparable to any other pure BEng. You probably dont do any PDEs classes or Strong Math ones but a mix of everything. Let's take an Electrical One. He doesnt have your management skills for sure but his classes are known to be the hardest and more applied one. Now how is he considered on the Street? I dont know but he is sure a true engineer.

Having the engineer name in yor degree doesnt make you one. So to the Street question, I dont know but for the rest, dont think yours is a really quant one. But i assume you are more prepared for the street

In reply to nori90

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