Leadership Development

Developing the Leader Within

Transforming the way you lead—advancing your career.

A technology-driven world requires leaders with technical expertise—but few degree programs in engineering or the sciences foster the interpersonal and communication skills, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, and global perspectives necessary for real leadership. And none offer the balance of data-driven, technical understanding, business acumen, and creativity that you’ll get from Tufts Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM).

MSEM students work on Mt. Everest leadership & teamwork simulation

A focus on leadership is woven into every aspect of Tufts’ MSEM. The process begins as you deepen your awareness of how you interact with others with assessment tools such as Myers Briggs and 360-degree feedback from your workplace, and continues with feedback from peers in class projects, as well as from faculty and clients.

Two of your six core courses are entirely focused on developing your ability to lead and problem-solve creatively. The MSEM offers case studies and projects focused on engineering practice, literary readings to explore the dynamics of human relationships, and real-world projects to put what you’re learning into practice. One-on-one coaching from faculty with extensive, real-world experience will target specific leadership goals for your career.

MSEM Lecturer Jerry Brightman with student Laura Bear MSEM ’13

The degree’s unique integrated curriculum puts your emerging leadership skills and insights into practice through hands-on, collaborative projects in your classes, in a 12-week summer consulting project for a client, and in a culminating independent project for your current employer or a client organization. You’ll have many opportunities to hone your presentation and communication skills, to work as a member and as the leader of a diverse team, to explore effective ways of giving and receiving feedback, and to expand your perspective from a project-based to strategic viewpoint.

This innovative curriculum was recognized nationally with the National Academy of Engineering’s Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, for “development of a multidisciplinary graduate program for engineering professionals who have the potential and desire to be engineering leaders.” Unlike a degree that focuses on simply teaching management skills that will move you forward in your current career path, Tufts’ Master of Science in Engineering Management is designed to empower you to cultivate the leader within you.