FAQs for Prospective MEM Students (Not Currently at UConn)
How do I apply for the MEM major?
If you are interested in applying to UConn and the MEM major, you should visit the UConn Admissions page to learn more about submitting an application. You will apply to the University, as well as the College of Engineering and the School of Business. Don't worry, it's one streamlined process.
I am enrolled in another college or university. How do I transfer to UConn for the MEM major?
Each year, more than 1,200 highly qualified transfer students enroll at the University of Connecticut, and we have few transfers that enroll specifically for the unique experience MEM offers students. UConn Admissions works hard to make transferring to UConn as smooth of a process as possible to help qualified students obtain the superior education they deserve. All Transfer applicants must apply online through the UConn Application.
Why should I consider the MEM major instead of another Engineering major?
Management and Engineering for Manufacturing is a unique major at the University of Connecticut that bridges management and engineering in a way that is tailored to manufacturing industry. As a partnership between the School of Business and the College of Engineering, MEM students graduate with one degree conferred from both schools, and with a balance of technical and business skills that sets them apart from other job applicants.
That’s why our students have one of the highest rates of employment within six months of graduation.
MEM students are recruited by companies like FritoLay/PepsiCo, Sikorsky, Pratt & Whitney, Unilever, Stanley Black & Decker, as well as several other Connecticut and northeastern United States manufacturers. Our students step into roles as supply chain managers, data analysts, operations managers, and of course, engineers.
What is the MEM curriculum like?
The curriculum in MEM is rigorous, requiring at least 138* credits to graduate, though with careful planning our students are still usually able to graduate in four years. In addition, many of our students secure sought-after internships during their summer breaks.
Students find the MEM major a close knit community. Because it is small and the curriculum is well defined, MEM students have a cohort-like experience, becoming well acquainted with other students in their major.
During their final year at UConn, MEM seniors enroll in Senior Design, in which they work together as a small team of 3 to 5 students on a project assigned and sponsored by a corporate sponsor. In some cases, students are hired directly from the project into their first job after graduation.
FAQs for Students Transferring to MEM within UConn
I’m an Engineering Student. How do I transfer to MEM?
If you are already in the College of Engineering and would like to switch majors to MEM, and you are within your first semester of your freshmen year, you may submit an application to change majors and be guaranteed acceptance.
After your first semester, you will need to submit an application and go through the full process for acceptance, in which you should have successfully completed (with a grade of C or better) at least one of the required sciences (PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q or CHEM 1127Q), a required math (MATH 1131Q) and a business critical course (STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, ECON 1200 or 1201 or ACCT 2001). In addition, your cumulative GPA should also be a 2.79 or better.
I’m a Business Student. How do I transfer to MEM?
If you are already in the School of Business on the Storrs Campus and would like to switch majors to MEM, and you are within your first semester of your freshmen year, you may submit an application through the College of Engineering to change majors and you will be automatically accepted.
If your first semester grades have posted, you will need to submit an application and go through the full process for acceptance, in which you should have successfully completed (with a grade of C or better) at least one of the required sciences (PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q or CHEM 1127Q), a required math (MATH 1131Q) and a business critical course (STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, ECON 1200 or 1201 or ACCT 2001). In addition, your cumulative GPA should also be a 2.79 or better.
I’m not currently in Business or Engineering at UConn. How do I transfer to MEM?
If you are interested in applying to transfer to MEM for your major, you may submit an application through the College of Engineering at any time. It is also advised to speak with the MEM Academic Advisor in order to determine which courses you will need to fulfill the major requirements and if this will impact your duration at UConn.
Along with your application, you should have successfully completed (with a grade of C or better) at least one of the required sciences (PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q or CHEM 1127Q), a required math (MATH 1131Q) and a business critical course (STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, ECON 1200 or 1201 or ACCT 2001). In addition, your cumulative GPA should also be a 2.79 or better.
I’m not an MEM Student, but I plan to apply. What courses chould I take now?
If you plan to apply to MEM and are currently enrolled at UConn, we recommend you complete one of the Required Sciences (PHYS 1401Q, 1501Q or CHEM 1127Q), a Required Math (MATH 1131Q) and a Business Critical Course (STAT 1000Q or 1100Q, ECON 1200 or 1201 or ACCT 2001). You should receive a C or better in these courses before applying to MEM, and your cumulative GPA should be a 2.79 or better.
If you are looking for other courses you can take beyond those listed above, we recommend MEM 1151. In some cases, you may apply to take MEM 2211 and MEM 2212. If there is remaining seats in the course after MEM majors have registered, you may be granted permission numbers. However, these courses are not accepted for any other major, so if you choose to not enroll or are not accepted into MEM, you should immediately un-enroll in these courses, or risk them not counting toward your major.
I am not sure if I want to major in MEM. Can I apply and decline acceptance or change majors later?
Even if you are not certain, you are welcome to apply to MEM as your major. If you are accepted and you later change your mind, you may decline the offer at the time of your acceptance, or you may change majors at a later time.
FAQs for Current MEM Students
I am a current MEM student and want to take some courses outside of UConn. Can I do this?
Transfer credits are permitted; however, it is encouraged for students to take technical courses as well as their higher level business courses at the University of Connecticut. To determine which courses are eligible for transfer to UConn, search each course required in the list below on the Transfer Equivalencies web page.
Why is academic advising required and who is my advisor?
Academic Advising is required for all students in the College of Engineering. Your student account will have a registration hold placed on your account each semester, prohibiting you from registering if you have not met with your advisor. This is especially important for MEM students, whose curriculum is rigorous and tightly scripted each semester due to enrollment caps, allowable electives, pre-requisites and terms certain courses are offered.
Freshmen and Sophomores at the Storrs Campus meet individually with the MEM advisor in the College of Engineering.
Juniors and Seniors at the Storrs Campus meet as a group at one of two advising sessions with the Directors of the MEM major. Juniors and Seniors will receive an email from the Program Assistant each semester regarding these dates and times. Students are expected to register and attend one of the group sessions. Students who are unable to attend must provide an email explaining their circumstances that will prevent them from attending. Social activities and extra-curricular activities do not qualify as reasons to miss the mandatory advising sessions. In addition, students should be aware that those who do miss the group advising may not be able to schedule a one-on-one advising session with their advisor until after registration has already begun and can therefore prevent students from getting the classes they would like.
Students who are not at the Storrs Campus should Contact the College of Engineering Advising Office to schedule a time with their advisor.
Are there any special academic standards for MEM Students?
Students admitted to the Management and Engineering for Manufacturing (MEM) major must maintain a high standard of scholastic achievement to continue in the major. Any student having completed 24 or more credit hours must maintain a minimum 2.79 cumulative grade point average. A student failing to meet this standard is subject to dismissal from the major. For more information, visit the MEM Supplementary Standards page.
I am considering graduate school. Are there any programs MEM is affiliated with?
As an MEM student, you are eligible for the MS-BAPM 4+1 program. This Masters of Science in Business Analytics and Project Management is a natural fit for MEM undergraduates who have an interest in pursuing their education further in either Business Analytics or Project Management.
UConn's MS in Business Analytics and Project Management (MSBAPM) is a top ranked, leading Master of Science program that teaches the skills that reach far beyond solving key business issues, it also provides students with the skills needed to become a leader in the industry. The 37-credit degree program allows students to establish and improve their skills in hands-on course work and transformative experiential learning through internships, data challenges, and consulting projects.
Interested students should attend an information session and apply early in their Junior year in order to ensure they are able to accomplish the credits needed to take full advantage of the program.
Where can I find the Curriculum Guide for MEM?
The curriculum guide contains a wealth of information about the MEM major. The most recent version is downloadable here. Inside you will find the listing of all required courses, a course map, and a check list so you can mark off all the courses you've taken. It also contains information about which courses are NOT eligible as electives or requirements, pre-requisites and term limitations, such as if a course is only offered in spring or only in fall.
I tried to register and my account says I have an advising hold. What’s that?
Many kinds of holds can prevent you from registering for classes. For a library hold, you should see the librarian. For a bursar hold, you should check your bursar account to see what you may owe the University. For an advising hold, you need to speak with your advisor. Advising holds are automatic every semester and cleared by meeting with your advisor. For freshmen and sophomores this is a one-on-one meeting, and for juniors and seniors on the Storrs campus, this is via a group advising session to which you were invited. In some cases, students miss these important emails from the MEM office and fail to attend an advising meeting. If you have not met with your advisor, you will have an advising hold until you do so. Please get in touch with your advisor as soon as possible to get this cleared up.