On-Campus Curriculum & Courses

The on-campus Master of Engineering Management & Leadership program's non-thesis curriculum requires completing a minimum of 30 credits of approved courses at the 500- level or above.

These requirements consist of six (6) courses (18 credits) for the Engineering Manager Leadership Breadth, three (3) Technical Depth courses (9 credits), and a Masters of Engineering Management & Leadership Capstone Project (3 credits).

Engineering Manager Leadership Breadth (18 credit hours)

Students must take six courses:

  • RCEL 501: Engineering Management & Leadership Theory and Application
  • RCEL 502: Engineering Project Management
  • RCEL 503: Engineering Product Management in Industry 4.0
  • RCEL 504: Ethical-Technical Leadership
  • RCEL 505: Engineering Economics
  • STAT550/RCEL 506: Applied Statistics and Data Science for Engineering Leaders

Engineering Disciplinary Specialization (EDS) (9 credits)

Students must complete three (3) courses in an EDS:

The EDS is a suite of approved 500-level or above courses in an engineering department or an emerging engineering focus area, such as data science, financial engineering, and industrial engineering. A list of pre-approved specializations is available below, but students may design their specializations within engineering. Students can use the EDS to gain more in-depth knowledge of the aforementioned I4 technologies. 


  • Bioengineering 
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental 
  • Computational and Applied Mathematics 
  • Computer Science 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Materials Science and Nanoengineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Statistics  
  • Data Science 
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Financial Engineering

MEML Capstone Project (3 credits)

Students must complete a capstone project:

MEML students must complete the capstone project. In this project, students will be expected to devise Industry 4.0 solutions to solve real-world problems from companies and other organizations, while exhibiting critical thinking, teamwork, and engineering manager leader skills. Employing MEML’s ethical-technical framework, students will demonstrate how data can enhance products, services, and ideas and make them more economically viable. The capstone project can be an opportunity to connect with Rice’s world-class faculty, engineering leaders of the industry, and corporate partners of the Rice Center for Engineering Leadership (RCEL).

General Announcements

Note: General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum for the Master of Engineering Management & Leadership degree. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the GA and any other websites or publications, the GA shall prevail as the authoritative source.