In addition to the PE license, experienced consulting engineers often return to school for either a master’s in business administration or in engineering. Unique graduate programs are offered, such as the Project Management master’s degree at Northwestern University, and combined programs of business and engineering at the graduate level can also be found at MIT, Stanford, Michigan, Northwestern, and Carnegie Mellon. Graduates of these programs join large corporations and management consulting firms.
Today it is becoming increasingly necessary for engineers in the consulting industry to couple their technical background with graduate education in business. In fact, after three to five years in the industry, a master’s degree
in business (M.B.A.) is almost a necessity. Anyone who desires to enter the consulting profession would certainly need to prepare to pursue post-graduate work in business administration or an associated field of study on a parttime
or full-time basis at some point during his or her career.
Of course, this type of formal educational background does not automatically qualify one for entry into or promotion within the consulting industry. It is, however, a very definite advantage. In addition, continuing professional development courses, whether offered in-house or on university campuses, are necessities for consulting engineers to stay current in their fields.