Program Structure

The Tufts MSEM Program Structure

Because engineers work differently.

When Tufts’ trailblazing Gordon Institute (TGI) reinvented the management curriculum for contemporary engineers, the world took note. In 2007, TGI received the National Academy of Engineering Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education for providing a holistic, meaningful, relevant learning experience for technology professionals.

Here’s how the Tufts MS in Engineering Management is built.

  • The Tufts MSEM is structured around six core courses.
  • The six core courses are segmented into a series of intensive modules that allow you to incrementally build essential knowledge and skills.
  • Each module is taught by a topic expert with deep professional experience and is continually updated to address the current realities of the marketplace.
  • The summer is devoted to a collaborative consulting project for a client organization.
  • Study culminates in a self-designed six- to nine-month independent project completed on behalf of your current employer or a client organization.
  • Tap into the broad resources of Tufts University with up to three additional elective courses.
Tufts selects professors that are very active in business and industry beyond the confines of academia. The professors were able to use compelling first hand examples of successes and failures to provide clarity and reality to the course content. Lecturer Jim Nash was very impactful for me. I work in teams at EMC to apply quantitative approach to quality management techniques for software engineering. John Egan, Distinguished Engineer, EMC Corporation, MSEM ’13

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Semester 1 (Late August-Mid December) – Classroom Learning Modules

220-1 New Product Development and Marketing
230-1 Project Management and Software Methodologies
230-2 Financial and Managerial Accounting
260-1 Building and Leading Effective Teams
260-4 Business Communication

Semester 2 (January-Mid May) – Classroom Learning Modules

210-1 Quantifying Process Capability
230-3 Supply Chain Management
240-1 Business Strategy
240-2 Technology Strategy and Innovation
250-1 Ethics of Leadership: Moral Challenges and Moral Reasoning
260-2 Leading Organizations


“The faculty of industry leaders, the chance to work with like-minded individuals, and the opportunity to practice the skills that I would learn through classroom exercises and real-world projects are all reasons why I knew this program was right for me.”