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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.

Join Tufts University graduate students in these for-credit courses, designed to fill the strategic needs of technology professionals and 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). 

Courses available during 2019-2020 include:

EM-0211: Lean Six Sigma (3 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Mondays from 6-9pm
Location: To be announced

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

Instructor: Kishore Kumar Pochampally, PhD, PMP®, Six Sigma Black Belt

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EM-0212: Applied Data Science (4 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: To be announced
Location: To be announced

Foundational skills for data science practice in business. Using data and systematic methods to generate business value. Shaping data practices within organizations.

Instructor: To be announced

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EM-0231: Project Management & Software Methodologies (2 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Tuesdays (Sept. 3 - Oct. 22) from 6-9pm
Location: To be announced

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. Prerequisite: Undergraduate degree.

Instructor: Kishore Pochampally

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EM-0252: Business Communications (3 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Wednesdays from 6-9pm
Location: To be announced

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.

Instructor: Senior Lecturer, Amy Hirschfeld

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EM-0261: Leadership for Technical Professionals (3 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Wednesdays from 9am-12pm
Location: Tufts University, 200 Boston Ave., Room 2417

Development of self-awareness and skills necessary for leadership. Involves 360 degree assessment tools and extensive experiential learning. Oral communication, systems thinking, high performance teams, fostering creativity, team decision making, leading change, influence without authority. Note: For graduate students who are not enrolled in Tufts Gordon Institute's MSEM program. Pre-requisite: Undergraduate degree.

Instructor: Ewa Winston - Spring semester course is taught by Louise Strayhorn

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EM-0293: Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Thursdays from 6pm-9pm
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. 

Instructors: Gerald Brown  - Certain semesters are also taught by Steve Geary.

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EM-0294-06: Driving Innovation into the World (3 credits)

When: Fall 2019

Schedule: Weekly on Thursdays from 1:30-4:30pm
Location: To be announced

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. All grad students (MS or PhD) are welcomed to join! Bring your ideas and research results or just your curiosity to work with others to learn how to launch ventures, both for profit and for social good.

Instructors: Kevin Oye, James Intriligator, & Chris Swan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can Professional Education courses be applied toward the MSEM degree?

Yes! If you'd like to ease into graduate studies, you are eligible to transfer up to two Professional Education courses to fulfill the requirements for the M.S. in Engineering Management degree. By transferring these credits towards your master's degree, you're able to reduce the program tuition accordingly.

Who can participate in a Professional Education course?

Courses are open to working professionals, as well as current Tufts students and employees.

When can I sign up?

Enrollment is possible on a space-available basis up to the first day of class. Each course's start date is included within the "Courses at Tufts" registration website.