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Calibrated for 21st century technology leaders.

Build your knowledge and skills through for-credit courses.

Take a graduate-level course to build essential knowledge right when you need it, or even get a start on a master's degree program!

These for-credit courses, taught by Tufts Gordon Institute professors with rich real-world industry experience, will prepare you to advance your career as a leader in the technology realm. Tufts University has spent 25+ years focused on the education of engineering and technology leaders, and our reputation for career and organizational impact is globally renowned.

  • Courses are open to working professionals, as well as Tufts graduate students and employees. These courses may be considered as electives for students in Tufts Gordon Institute's master's degree programs as well.
  • If you'd like to ease into graduate studies, you are eligible to transfer up to two School of Engineering graduate-level courses, including those listed below, to fulfill the requirements for the On-Campus and Online M.S. in Engineering Management degree. The total tuition paid for the courses will be deducted from the MSEM tuition rate at the time of enrollment.
  • Courses vary from full semester (13 weeks) to short-term durations (4 or 8 weeks). 

Registration is an easy, streamlined process; fill out basic profile information and provide payment details to secure your spot today. Registration is open and continues through the start of each course. View tuition costs here.

Contact tgi@tufts.edu for additional information on how individual courses transfer to Tufts Gordon Institute’s degree programs.

If you're interested in non-credit workshops and short courses, we encourage you to check out Tufts Transformative Leadership Community. Tufts TLC is a collaborative environment of experts, peers and relevant learning opportunities to quickly and effectively get just-in-time skills and knowledge to solve your emerging challenges. We're developing professional education in a new way — one that meets you wherever you are in your career with thought-provoking experiences. 

Online Courses available during Fall 2021 include:

EM 201: Essentials of Tech Strategy (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course explores elements of technology strategy including portfolio management, development of product and technology roadmaps, new product development, phase-gate processes, and the management of product life cycles. The focus is on disruptive, incremental, sustaining, and breakthrough innovations across multiple sectors.

Instructor: Sam Liggero

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 202: Leadership: Personal and Team Development (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course is the first on a student’s journey to leading effective teams and organizations. It is aimed at helping students develop themselves as individual leaders by focusing on personal growth and leadership styles.  The course will utilize assessments and other tools to explore leadership styles and techniques for leading with and without authority in a variety of settings.

Instructor: Jerry Brightman

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 203: Building Financial Intelligence (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course will teach students to develop, analyze, and communicate the financial aspects of a company’s product or service. Students will learn to understand and evaluate the impact of decisions on the financial health and competitiveness of the firm.

Instructor: Frank Apeseche

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 204: Customer Discovery & Solution Design (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course is a human-centered customer discovery course focused on research, analysis, brainstorming, and ideation methods to inform product and business solutions.

Instructor: Sam Liggero

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

Note: Instructor Approval is required. Please email Sam Liggero (Samuel.Liggero@tufts.edu) to request permission to enroll. We typically recommend including a resume, your educational history, and 2-3 sentences as to why you are interested in taking the course. You may register for this course before receiving approval, but your enrollment will not be confirmed until approval is received.

EM 206: Introduction to Data Analytics (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

Students learn to gather, analyze, and interpret data to drive strategic and operational success in technology-based companies. Develop skills to make data-based decisions with uncertain or ambiguous conditions, and develop models for decision-making in a business setting.

Instructor: Kyle Monahan

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 207: Solving Complex Problems through Systems Thinking (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

Within this course, students will learn to examine connected complex systems that impact technology projects while taking into account human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes. Students will also leverage insights from structural influences to maximize impact and solve problems in increasingly complex and high-tech environments.

Instructor: Sam Liggero

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

Note: Instructor Approval is required. Please email Sam Liggero (Samuel.Liggero@tufts.edu) to request permission to enroll. We typically recommend including a resume, your educational history, and 2-3 sentences as to why you are interested in taking the course. You may register for this course before receiving approval, but your enrollment will not be confirmed until approval is received.

EM 208: Program and Project Management (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

In today’s unpredictable, fast-moving business environment, project management can make or break a product launch. Additionally, a program of interrelated projects can have a profound impact on the success or failure of a company. This course is a learning-in-action experience that gives you the tools, techniques, and confidence to keep large-scale programs and time-sensitive projects on track and on schedule. You also will learn how to implement agile methodologies to manage projects with complex requirements and high levels of change.

Instructor: Kishore Pochampally

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 209: Leadership: Driving and Managing Change (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course teaches techniques on approaches to managing uncertainty and dealing with complex and constant change. Students will learn to manage large and diverse groups through changing internal and external force using conflict management and negotiation tools.

Instructor: Jerry Brightman

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 211: Lean Six Sigma (3 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 3 credits

Duration: September 8 - December 14

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course 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.

Instructor: Kishore Pochampally

Cost: $5,091 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 213 Section 1: Advanced Topics in Data Analytics (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course builds on topics learned in EM 206 (Introduction to Data Analytics), including more complex data modeling techniques and tools. 

Prerequisite: Either completion of EM 206 (Introduction to Data Analytics) or a background in statistics/quantitative analysis

Instructor: Kyle Monahan

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 222: Modern Product Management (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

Product Management is always a “tweener” role within an organization.  The exact role can span a range of responsibilities depending on the type and needs of the business, the maturity of the product or technology and the style of the management team.  Additionally, the scope, impact and focus of product management shifts dramatically thru the different growth stages of a business.  This seven-class online course brings clarity to the practical impacts that a good Product Management process has to business from the earliest “ideation” stage thru building and launching the product.  This will help attendees better understand the product management role and skills, and how it changes based on various conditions of the business and its stage of growth.

Instructor: Scott Hilton

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 223 Section 1: Advanced Topics in Product Management (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

With the rapid changes in technology, business models, and market conditions, the role and processes of product management are constantly shifting.  This course provides classes that cover some of the most pressing topics in the product process. Some areas that will be covered include Pricing, Go-to-Market acceleration, Building an Ecosystem, and Product Lifecycle management.

Prerequisite: Either completion of EM 293 Modern Product Management or a background in product management

Instructor: Scott Hilton

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 232: Supply Chain & Operations Management (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

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.

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 243: Marketing: Branding & Strategy (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 27 - December 8

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course reviews what makes brands successful and provides a deep dive into proven “Brand Building Frameworks” used by several Fortune 50 corporations.  It reinforces the learning through applying the framework to real brands.  Students will learn how to develop key elements needed to write strong brand positioning statements and pragmatic skills to market products and/or services in corporate environments.   The course will also discuss marketing experiences and competencies identified to pursue a successful marketing career in established corporations.

Instructor: Marci Sapers

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 244 Section 1: Introduction to Management Consulting (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: September 8 - October 20

Schedule: Asynchronous

Location: 100% online

Description:

The course, at the fundamental level, will help students:

  • (i) become familiar with the art & science of management consulting
  • (ii) develop the confidence to define & address complex strategic issues based on deep understanding of emerging trends (such as emerging geo-economic, environmental, geo-political, technological, and demographic trends), and creative problem-solving techniques 
  • (iii) learn how to influence outcomes through analytics-driven insights & imaginative reasoning and in crafting innovative communication processes

Students will learn different problem-solving frameworks and analytical techniques to make more calculated strategic choices between different business models, technologies with different risk profiles.

Instructor: Partha Ghosh

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 252: Business Communications (3 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 3 credits

Duration: September 8 - December 8

Schedule: Wednesdays from 6PM - 9PM

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course focuses on written and oral communications in the business setting. Topics include making conscious communications decisions, principles of effective written and oral communication, and different workplace audiences. Design and delivery of effective presentations. Consideration is given to the practical, philosophical, and ethical context of communication in the modern globalized business world. 

Cost: $5,091 ($1,697 per credit)

EM 262: Conflict Resolution (2 credits)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: October 28 - December 2

Schedule: Thursdays from 6pm - 8pm

Location: 100% online

Description:

This course introduces conceptual frameworks, tools, and skills to effectively manage conflict and negotiate win/win solutions in the workplace.  The course will involve lectures, cases, and role-plays to simulate real on-the-job conflicts. 

Instructor: Stacy Lennon

Cost: $3,394 ($1,697 per credit)

Hybrid Online/On-Campus Courses available during Fall 2021 include:

EM 210A: Process Capability & Big Data (1 credit)

When: Fall 2021

Credits: 1 credit

Duration: November 1 - December 13

Schedule: Mondays from 6PM - 9PM with classes on 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13

Location: A hybrid model of on-campus and online classes

Description:

This course introduces the “quality initiatives” (Six Sigma, TQM, Lean), and the probability and statistics fundamentals for these strategies. Students explore data types (nominal, ordinal, interval, and ratio), and their relationship to distribution types (normal [Gaussian], binomial, Poisson). Techniques for estimating population statistics from sampled data, and for performing tests of hypotheses to compare samples and populations are practiced. Statistical tools and strategies are mapped to big data topics.

Cost: $1,697