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21st century professional.

Reinventing management education for today's technology leaders.

What are Professional Education courses?

Professional Education courses are designed to give you essential knowledge right when you need it — like a powerful boost of leadership expertise; project management tools to manage large scale and time sensitive projects; or the ability to use data and systematic methods to generate business value.

These graduate-level courses were designed to fill the strategic needs of technology professionals, then taught by Tufts Gordon Institute professors with rich real-world industry experience. Tufts University has spent 25+ years focused on the education of engineering and technology leaders, and our reputation for career & organizational impact is renowned across the technology realm.

Courses vary from full semester (13 weeks) to short-term durations (4 or 8 weeks). If you'd like to ease into graduate studies, 6 credits of PE courses can later be counted towards the Master of Science in Engineering Management degree requirements. 

2018-19 Courses

EM-0211: Lean Six Sigma

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Kishore Kumar Pochampally, PhD, PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt
Credits: 3
Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays (Jan. 22 - Apr. 23) from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts Medford Main Campus, Anderson Hall, Room 212

Provides principles and methods for process improvement by eliminating non-value added work and by reducing output variability. Tools include the define-measure-analyze-improve-control problem solving methodology, statistical process control, statistically designed experiments and risk identification and mitigation strategies.

Additional option: Earn Six-Sigma Black Belt Certification

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This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0212: Applied Data Science - NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Kaiser Fung
Credits: 4
Schedule: Weekly on Thursdays (Jan. 17 - Apr. 25) from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts Medford Main Campus, Paige Hall, Terrace Room

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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0231: Project Management

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Kishore Pochampally
Credits: 2
Schedule: Weekly on Wednesdays (Jan. 16 - Mar. 6) from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts University, 200 Boston Ave., Room 2614

Development of knowledge and skills to plan and execute engineering projects.  Topics include creating work break down structures, schedules, critical path determination, and risk assessment and mitigation. Methodologies also include iterative techniques (agile and scrum) often used in software development.

Through Project Management Strategies & Methodologies, you will learn to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close a project successfully. You will build stakeholder buy-in every step of the way and strengthen your core skills as a manager. You also can leverage your capabilities to enter a new career track as a project manager, estimator, or scheduler.

EM-0252: Business Communications

Offered: To be announced
Instructor: 
Senior Lecturer, Amy Hirschfeld
Credits:
3
Schedule & Location:
To be announced

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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This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0261: Leadership for Technical Professionals

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Louise Strayhorn
Credits: 3
Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays (Jan. 22 - Apr. 23) from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts University, 200 Boston Ave., Room 3875

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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This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0293: Operations and Supply Chain Management

Offered: To be announced
Instructors: Gerald BrownSteve Geary
Credits: 3
Schedule & Location: To be announced

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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This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0262: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Offered: To be announced
Instructor: Lecturer Mark E. Bamford, J.D.
Credits: 2
Schedule & Location: To be announced

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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This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0294-06: Driving Innovation into the World – NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructors: Kevin Oye, James Intriligator, & Chris Swan
Credits: 3
Schedule: Weekly on Wednesdays (Jan. 16 - Apr. 24) from 1:20-4:30pm
Location: Tufts Medford Main Campus, Tisch Library, Room 316

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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0294-B02: Managing Technology-Based Organizations in the 21st Century – NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Gavin Finn
Credits: 1
Schedule: Tuesdays Jan. 29, Feb.12,  March 26, April 9, from 1:30-4:20pm
Location: Tufts University, 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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0294-B03: Managing Operations – NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructor: Gerry Brown
Credits: 1
Schedule: Mondays Feb. 25, March 4, March 11, March 25, from 1:30-4:20pm
Location: Tufts University, 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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0294-A04: Sharelab1-Mapping Complex Systems for Social Impact – NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructors: Josh Ellsworth Kevin Oye
Credits: 1
Schedule: Tuesdays Feb. 5, Feb. 12, Feb. 26, Mar. 5 from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts Medford Main Campus, Halligan Hall, Room 111A

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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.

EM-0294-B05: Sharelab2-Designing for Inclusion – NEW

Offered: Spring 2019
Instructors: Josh Ellsworth Kevin Oye
Credits: 1
Schedule: Tuesdays March 26, April 2, April 9, April 23 from 6-9pm
Location: Tufts Medford Main Campus, Halligan Hall, Room 111A

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.

This course is open to current Tufts students as well as professionals who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tufts. Visit our Professional Education Admissions page for registration instructions.