MS in Engineering Management
Become a leader in the workforce of tomorrow.
The world needs leaders who can influence the future of technology-driven businesses while managing impactful teams with self-awareness, equity, and confidence. Become that trailblazer with Tufts Gordon Institute’s Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM).
Offered both on-campus and online, the MSEM will provide you with the business, strategic, and leadership skills you need to advance your career right now, or kickstart the one you’ve always dreamed of.
Ready to shift your career into a higher trajectory? More than half of our students are promoted while still enrolled in the MSEM program.
Tufts MSEM gave me the confidence to take a seat at the table, and it's really shaped me into the leader I want to be.
An integrated curriculum that builds leaders.
Whether you choose to undertake Tufts’ MSEM on campus or online, you’re selecting a flexible, part-time program that has been carefully cultivated to fit the demanding schedules of forward-thinking technology professionals. One that has been built on 30+ years of award-winning curriculum and a legacy of powerful alumni.
You’ll work with faculty with decades of experience running businesses, start-ups, and global powerhouses, who will work closely with you to ensure your success and provide you with skills you can apply at work tomorrow.
You’ll benefit from personalized coaching and mentoring to discovering your unique management, communication, and interpersonal style to develop an understanding of who you are and who you can become.
You’ll impress your boss, and your boss’s boss, by utilizing what you’ve learned in the classroom to complete an impactful Capstone Leadership project in your organization — showing exactly what you’re capable of achieving.
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Build upon your technical expertise as you develop new competencies.
Technology moves fast. To keep up, companies need dynamic leaders who work with people as well as they work with tech. The MSEM program expands your experience beyond technical skills and into a broad business perspective, helping you develop the leadership capabilities needed to rise to the highest level.
You’ll gain expertise that enables you to manage complex projects, drive strategic decision-making, and build and inspire high-performing teams. Unlike a purely technical master’s or MBA program, Tufts’ MSEM offers you the complete package for holistic growth and career development.
Through the courses and projects completed in the On-Campus MSEM program, you'll develop new competencies that will help you advance your career on a steeper trajectory. With a focus on project-based learning, you'll receive valuable personal coaching on how to operate at a higher level, applying your newfound knowledge to real-life situations you face in the workplace.
- Gain interpersonal, communication, and conflict resolution skills as you discover your own personal leadership style
- Develop critical thinking and emotional intelligence
- Understand the power of diversity of perspectives, and leverage it to build effective teams
- Understand and analyze financial statements to develop intuition about the impact of decisions on the company's bottom line
- Develop sound financial and business models for long-term success
- Get comfortable with project management tools and methodologies
- Understand how business strategy and decisions impact the success of a company
- Discover the processes of tech commercialization
- Gain insight into how trends (economic, social, and technology) impact business strategy and performance
- Analyze problems & situations using statistics, systems thinking, and key tools
- Leverage diverse data sets to build predictive models and make decisions, design experiments, and drive performance
Product & Process Development
- Gain insight into the full product development process from conception through launch
- Learn customer discovery techniques and how to design & build solutions to solve their needs
I learned how to be comfortable in uncomfortable situations. This skill was essential in my transition from a well-established multinational pharmaceutical company like Pfizer to a small biotech start-up with an ambiguously complex and dynamic environment.
A program that fits into your life.
Students engage in a collaborative, enriching cohort-based learning environment and industry consulting project for a total of 32 credits over the course of 2+ years. The Core Curriculum is designed to be completed as a cohort on a lock-step basis, but students then have the flexibility to complete their electives and Capstone Leadership Project at a pace that best suits their lifestyle, work schedule, and budget.
While many students complete the On-Campus MSEM program in 2 years, some choose to extend the experience into subsequent years as a way to spread out the course load and tuition payments, giving them the opportunity to take advantage of additional tuition reimbursement funds from their employer.
Courses are held over two evenings per week from 6pm - 9pm to fit into your work-life balance. Students joining the On-Campus MSEM program beginning in Fall 2021 will take courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a cohort.
We're excited to announce all-new immersive, in-person experiences open to both On-Campus and Online MSEM students - launching in Spring 2022!
Designed to fit into your work and travel schedules, these optional 3-day weekend immersives can be leveraged to earn graduate credit and experience all that Boston and the Tufts University campus has to offer. Through these high-impact opportunities, you can explore different topics to align with your schedule and interests. Benefits include:
- Building skills through a hands-on interactive approach to real-world problem-solving
- Networking with both Online & On-Campus MSEM students during social and collaborative activities in and out of the classroom
- Earning credit towards your elective requirements
Details about the dates, topics, and weekend itineraries will be announced in the coming months.
Designed with you in mind.
It might be called the MS in Engineering Management, but the program is for all ambitious Boston-based professionals, whether they have backgrounds in engineering, chemistry, computer science, biotechnology or even non-technical education. A STEM or technical background is recommended but not required. Our On-Campus MSEM community is made up of students with 2+ years of work experience and a desire to learn in a close-knit cohort environment.
Our students work locally in diverse tech fields, including pharmaceuticals, software development, and the non-profit sector. What they do share is a love for STEM and the desire to lead in a technology-driven environment.
Whether you’re an individual contributor who wants to break into management or a manager ready to propel yourself into an executive role, our hands-on, real-world curriculum will give you the confidence to push the boundaries of what you thought possible and seize new challenges and opportunities.
promoted even before graduation
believe the MSEM was worth its cost in time & tuition
MS in Engineering Management News
Eric Campbell, MSEM ’16, accelerated his career through the MSEM program, becoming well-prepared to play a key role in COVID-19 test production and gaining success in the medical devices industry. Since starting the program, Eric has earned three promotions – leading him to become the Director of Manufacturing Engineering at Hologic, a medical technology company that aims to improve women’s health.
Advancing the possibilities of life sciences, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and industries beyond, graduates of the MS in Engineering Management program have made life-changing technologies a reality. In a recent panel, three MSEM alums – who have accelerated their trajectories to lead top, global companies – shared insight into their journeys and advice on how to make an impact while furthering your career.
Dan Catropa, MSEM ’11, is leveraging his background and studies in the MS in Engineering Management program to help create the Giant Magellan Telescope, a telescope 10 times more powerful than current standards, through his role as an Optical-Mechanical Systems Engineer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The telecope's first light, or first use, is slated for the year 2029.
Prefer to ease into a master's degree program?
If you're not quite ready to enroll in a master's program, we recommend you consider our other programs, like our six-month Data Analytics for Managers MasterTrack Certificate or individual courses via Courses at Tufts.
Tufts University's Courses at Tufts program offers students the ability to gain new skills & knowledge right when they want it. If you do decide to later apply to the MSEM program, you are eligible to transfer up to two Gordon Institute courses to fulfill the requirements for the degree. Interested in expanding your technical skills? You can instead start by taking up to 2 School of Engineering courses that can later be applied as your electives.
Similarly, we have collaborated with Coursera to launch a MasterTrack Certificate program focused on Data Analytics for Managers. This online program, featuring six hours of study per week over the course of six months, will provide you with the knowledge and practical leadership skills you need to make intuitive, data-driven business decisions, and spark innovative ideas that can make a difference in the world. And, if you do apply to the Online MSEM program, you can leverage your certificate for graduate course credit.
Chat with our admissions team to get your questions answered.
We understand that choosing the right master's program for you can be a challenge. To make the process easier for you, our team is always available to answer any questions you might have about the curriculum, student experience, application, and more. We welcome you to call Ethan Robles, Assistant Director of Admissions, at 617-627-2004 to start the conversation.