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Online MSEM Curriculum

The 32-credit, Online MS in Engineering Management degree is comprised of the MSEM core curriculum, milestone projects, and electives. Each component of the 100% online program occurs in a state-of-the-art virtual learning portal, so you can study at your pace - when and where fits best with your work schedule and lifestyle!

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We offer you maximum flexibility so that you can study on your schedule at your time.

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MSEM Core Part 1 (8 Credits)

A series of 7-week short courses in which you learn how to lead yourself & others, while using technology to develop new products or services to meet customer and business needs.

Courses include:

Essentials of Technology Strategy (2 credits)

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.

Leadership: Personal and Team Development (2 credits)

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.

Building Financial Intelligence (2 credits)

This course will teach students to develop, analyze, and communicate 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.

Customer Discovery and Solution Design (2 credits)

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

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Milestone Project: New Product & Service Development (2 Credits)

After completing MSEM Core Part 1, you will apply your learning by working in a small, virtual team to develop the business plan for a new product or service, supported by a faculty advisor. During this integrated team project, you will participate in weekly seminars to learn best practices in product development.

Milestone Project: New Product and Service Development (2 credits)

This team project integrates learning from the first four core courses of the Online MSEM program.  The project focuses on the development of a business plan for a new product or service and is supported by milestones and deliverables. The integrated project is additionally bolstered by seminars on key topics like project management, intellectual property, and marketing.

Prerequisites: All four courses in Core 1 or instructor permission

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MSEM Core Part 2 (8 Credits)

A series of 7-week short courses in which you learn to make data-driven decisions and manage change within increasingly complex environments. 

Courses include:

Introduction to Data Analytics (2 credits)

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.

Prerequisites: All four courses in Core 1 as well as the first milestone project, or instructor permission

Solving Complex Problems through Systems Thinking (2 credits)

Examine connected complex systems that impact technology projects while taking into account human, political, community, resource, environmental, and social processes. Learn to leverage insights from structural influences to maximize impact and solve problems in increasingly complex and high-tech environments.

Prerequisites: All four courses in Core 1 as well as the first milestone project, or instructor permission

Program and Project Management (2 credits)

Students will learn the tools to manage projects and programs (a portfolio of projects) effectively.   

Prerequisites: All four courses in Core 1 as well as the first milestone project, or instructor permission

Leadership: Driving and Managing Change (2 credits)

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

Prerequisites: All four courses in Core 1 as well as the first milestone project, or instructor permission

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Milestone Project: Individual Capstone Leadership Project (2 Credits)

After completing MSEM Core Part 2, you will apply your learning in a project for your current employer or a client organization, supported by a faculty advisor.

Milestone Project: Capstone Leadership Project (2 credits)

This is an individual, student-led project that demonstrates your business acumen and leadership skills in the real world.  The project must be complex and involve risk.  Capstone Leadership Project typically has a 3-6 month duration and can be done with your current employer.

Prerequisites: All eight courses in Core 1 and Core 2, as well as the first milestone project; or instructor permission

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Electives (12+ Credits)

Electives can be completed at any time during your Online MSEM experience. You may choose any graduate-level course across Tufts University (100 or 200 level), or choose from topical courses offered by Tufts Gordon Institute.

Electives (12+ credits)

You may choose to take elective courses that align with your personal and professional interests. Tufts Gordon Institute offers courses in a wide variety of topics like Applied Data Science, Product Management, and Marketing: Branding & Strategy.

Click here to view the full Course Directory of courses offered through Tufts Gordon Institute.

You may also opt to take electives in topics across the entirety of Tufts University's School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.

Click here to browse Tufts University's entire course catalog. 

To view graduate-level on-campus courses offered through the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, choose "AS&E Graduate" from the "Course Career" drop-down menu.

To view graduate-level online courses offered through the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering, choose "AS&E Graduate Online" from the "Course Career" drop-down menu.

After selecting your choice from the drop-down menu, click on the alphabet below to browse the available subject codes and courses.

I had been looking for a long time for the right program. My current role can make my schedule unpredictable, so I needed a program that was flexible. The Online MSEM was a perfect fit for me.

Julia Bushell

 

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Roadmap to Graduation

One of the benefits of our flexible Online MSEM program is that you can complete the degree in as little as 2 years, or as many as 5 years. You have the freedom to choose your own pace of study, taking as many courses per semester as suits your work, schedule, and lifestyle.

Sample Two-Year Roadmap

Fall 2020 (8 credits)

Essentials of Technology Strategy (2 credits)

Leadership: Personal & Team Development (2 credits)

Customer Discovery & Solution Design (2 credits)

Building Financial Intelligence (2 credits)

Spring 2021 (8 credits)

Milestone Project: New Product & Service Development (2 credits)

Introduction to Data Analytics (2 credits)

Solving Complex Problems Through Systems Thinking (2 credits)

Program & Product Management (2 credits)

Summer 2021 (3 credits)

Elective Course #1 (3 credits)

Fall 2021 (8 credits)

Leadership: Driving & Managing Change (2 credits)

Elective #2 (3 credits)

Elective #3 (3 credits)

Spring 2022 (5 credits)

Milestone Project: Capstone Leadership Project (2 credits)

Elective #4 (3 credits)