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21st century professional.

Reinventing management education for today's technology leaders.

What are Professional Education courses?

The graduate courses are designed to give you essential knowledge when you need it—like a powerful boost of leadership expertise before you take on new responsibilities or the ability to understand financial statements and assess data analytics to drive more effective business planning. Pragmatic, rigorous, and transformative, Professional Education courses are taught by professors with rich industry experience and a noteworthy ability to communicate that experience. Your classmates also belong to the technology world, so you learn from—and with—faculty and students who share a deep understanding of the distinctive challenges you face. Each of these rigorous, graduate-level courses has been developed in collaboration with education, management, and industry experts to fill the strategic needs of managers in technology settings. At Tufts, we have spent 25 years focused on the education of engineering and technology leaders, and our reputation for impact on careers and organizations is renowned across the technology realm.

Are they graduate level courses?

Yes. Professional Education courses are taught by top-quality Tufts Gordon Institute faculty. In fact, you can apply up to two courses towards the modules required to earn your Master of Science in Engineering Management when you feel ready to apply to our program. Courses are either worth three Tufts University credits, and last 13 weeks, or are worth two credits and last for 6 weeks. Courses are typically offered one evening per week from 6-9 p.m. Please contact the admissions team at if you would like further information on how the PE courses apply to the M.S. in Engineering Management degree requirements.

Who will benefit from Professional Education (PE) courses?

We listened, we researched, and we consulted with alumni and industry experts to design a program that aligns with your personal and professional requirements.

  • You are a busy professional in the technology industry with immediate need for specific job-related knowledge and skills.
  • You would like to ease into graduate studies with one or two courses before committing to a master’s program.
  • You are looking for graduate courses strategically designed for professionals in technology settings and prefer to study with peers and faculty who share that perspective.
  • You are looking for a flexible professional program that takes into account the demands of your life.
  • You want an economical executive education solution that will allow you to maximize tuition reimbursement benefits.

2018-19 Courses

EM211: Lean Six Sigma

Course Overview

Offered: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Lecturer:  Kishore Kumar Pochampally, PhD, PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt

Cut-throat competition is forcing firms to eliminate non-value added work and output inconsistency. While the concept of Lean addresses the former problem by removing process waste, the Six Sigma methodology solves the latter problem by minimizing process variation. This comprehensive course on all aspects of Lean and Six Sigma, gives you hands-on experience with essential quality improvement tools and techniques.

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EM212: Applied Data Science - NEW

Course overview

Offered: Spring 2019
Lecturer: Kaiser Fung

A Data Revolution is sweeping across the business landscape. The ability to collect, store, and process data on people and systems has exploded, and easy-to-use tools and software has undergone rapid-fire development, fueling the current enthusiasm in the board room for more data-driven decision-making. Companies large and small are competing fiercely for a limited pool of workers skilled in data science and analytics.

By the end of this course, you will have developed not just foundational skills but also the analytics mindset necessary for data science practice. The fast-paced course is designed for business professionals tasked with using data and systematic methods to generate business value, and is also relevant for business leaders shaping data practices within their organizations.

EM 252: Business Communications

Course Overview

Offered: Fall 2018
Lecturer: Senior Lecturer, Amy Hirschfeld

Students will learn the principles of effective written and oral communication and how to apply those principles for different audiences in the technology field. Topics include making conscious communications decisions, principles of effective written and oral communication, and different workplace audiences. Consideration is given to the practical, philosophical and ethical context of communication for high-tech leaders in the modern globalized business world.

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EM261: Leadership for Technical Professionals

Course Overview

Offered: Fall 2018 and Spring 2019
Lecturer: Ewa Winston

Leadership for Technical Professionals is a deeply transformational course that teaches technical, data-oriented minds to expand their skills and impact as leaders. The curriculum of this graduate-level management course maps directly to the pragmatic requirements of leaders in the technology universe, taking into consideration the distinctive environment, challenges, and types of people that engineering and high-tech leaders must manage.

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EM293: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Course Overview

Offered: Fall 2018
Lecturers: Gerald BrownSteve Geary

Understanding Operations and Supply Chain Risk Management is a must for any leader in the technology field. From the shop floor to suppliers and markets on the other side of the world, any business involves a continuum with a spectrum of risks to manage. Whether you have an early stage invention you hope to get to market, are engaged in social entrepreneurship in the U.S. or overseas, or are part of a global supply chain currently, nothing really happens until you can get your product or service from concept into the hands of customers, and understand the risks inherent in managing that supply chain. We will leverage our more than half-a-century of combined experience in global supply chain management to make you a player in building a world class end-to-end enterprise. 

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EM262: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Course overview

Offered: To be announced
Lecturer: Lecturer Mark E. Bamford, J.D.

In the volatile, swift-moving, high-tech arena, your ability to negotiate complex situations is critical to your overall success. Negotiation and Conflict Resolution for Engineers & Technologists is strategically designed to help you, as an engineer or technology leader, improve your ability to negotiate solutions and resolve conflicts with clients, suppliers, coworkers, employees, or supervisors. Structured in a compelling learning-in-action format with role-playing and simulated scenarios, this course gives you the opportunity to develop a persuasive negotiating style rooted in your own personality and your role in the technology world.

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EM294: Special Topics (5 Courses) - NEW

Courses overview

Offered: Spring 2019

EM-0294-06 Special Topics in Innovation and Management: Driving Innovation into the World (3 Credit) – NEW
Time TBD
Instructor: Kevin Oye, James Intriligator, & Chris Swan
In this hands-on workshop you’ll be introduced to the core skills for moving an idea through the stages of finding customers, ideating compelling solutions, building scalable business and financial models, and pitching your ideas to those who may want to invest.

EM-0294-B02 Special Topics in Innovation and Management: Managing Technology-Based Organizations in the 21st Century (1 Credit) – NEW
Tuesdays Jan. 29, Feb.12,  March 26, April 9, 1:30-4:20pm
Instructor: Gavin Finn
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Room 2417
This 4 session short course will address the technology policy and workforce/labor issues emerging as key drivers of success in organizations that are technology focused in the modern era.  Building on management theory and practice, legal frameworks, cultural and societal changes, and rapid technology evolution, this module will allow students to understand the multi-dimensional management challenges that are now critical elements of innovation in all industries.

EM-0294-B03 Special Topics in Innovation and Management: Managing Operations – NEW
Mondays Feb. 18, March 4, March 11, March 25, 1:30-4:20pm
Instructor: Gerry Brown
Location: 200 Boston Ave., Room 2417
Students are introduced to problems and analysis related to the design, planning, control, and improvement of manufacturing and service operations. Topics include:  how to map and analyze process flows, determining process capacities and bottlenecks, and designing and coordinating operations in concert with the whole organization.  Through cases and an online simulation, students will practice diagnosing and solving problems, and recommending and implementing process improvement actions

EM-0294-A04 Special Topics in Innovation and Management: Sharelab1-Mapping Complex Systems for Social Impact (1 credit) – NEW
Tuesdays Jan. 29, Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb 26 1:30-4:20pm (Location TBD)
Instructor: Josh Ellsworth & Kevin Oye
Many of us dream of being part of a team that creates a game-changing solution to a difficult social or environmental problem. In this course (the first of two related 1-credit SHU modules), students will learn and innovate new tools for mapping complex systems and explore the critical questions that underpin the ethics and logistics of working with those living closest to a problem.

EM-0294-B05 Special Topics in Innovation and Management: Sharelab2-Designing for Inclusion (1 credit) – NEW
Tuesdays March 12, April 2, April 9, April 23 1:30-4:20pm (Location TBD)
Instructor: Josh Ellsworth & Kevin Oye
In this course (the second of two related 1-credit SHU modules), students will explore and identify gaps, opportunities and challenges to including the lived experience in the classroom and within the broader social impact field. Student teams will map the systems in which potential Boston-area partner organizations work and identify external social change mentors with which Tufts can develop long-term collaborations to open up shared learning and dialogue.