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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.
  • 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). 

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

On-Campus Courses available during Spring 2020 include:

EM-0211: Lean Six Sigma (3 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 3 credits

Duration: 13 sessions

Schedule: Mondays from 6-9pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: January 22, January 27, February 3, February 10, February 20 (Thursday), February 24, March 2, March 9, March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, April 27

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description:

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

EM-0212: Applied Data Science (4 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 4 credits

Duration: 13 sessions

Schedule: Thursdays from 6-9pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 5, March 12, March 19, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description: 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

EM-0231: Project Management (2 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: 8 sessions

Schedule: Thursdays from 6-9pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 27, March 5, and March 12

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description: 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

EM-0294-B02: Managing Tech-Based Organizations in the 21st Century (1 credit)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 1 credit

Duration: 4 sessions

Schedule: Tuesdays from 1:20-4:20pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: March 31, April 7, April 14, April 21

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description: This course focuses on unique challenges and opportunities for technology company leaders as they consider the dynamic external and internal environments emerging in modern companies and society. Four topics will be addressed in detail, generally described as: Employment Issues, Artificial Intelligence and Technology Evolution, Climate Change/Sustainability, Geopolitical Dynamics.

Instructor: Gavin Finn

EM-0294-B03: Managing Operations (1 credit)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 1 credit

Duration: 4 sessions

Schedule: Mondays/Thursdays from 1:20-4:20pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: February 10, February 20, March 23, April 20

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description: This module provides an introduction to operations management in both product and service companies. It applies a People/Process/Technology approach and will introduce the students to both the traditional, command, and control approach to operations management as well as the principles and practice of Lean Six Sigma. In the final class, we will discuss the basic principles of supply chain management in as much depth as we can provide in 3 hours.

Instructor: Gerry Brown

EM-0294-06: Commercializing Research (3 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 3 credits

Duration: 13 sessions

Schedule: Wednesdays from 1:20-4:20pm

  • Due to university-recognized holidays, the actual class dates will be as follows: January 15, January 29, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, March 4, March 11, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, April 22

Location: Medford/Somerville Campus

Description: Have research or an idea that may be the basis of a start up venture? Or even if you don’t have an idea of your own, are you interested in working with a team of people to launch a venture? Or are you seeking ways to help non-profits use design thinking to identify and ideate new social impact solutions? If you answer yes to any of these questions, this is the course for you, as Professors Intrilligator, Oye, and Swan will lead the class through the process for identifying and launching new ventures, with a particular focus on the front end customer discovery process, and for teaching students on how to be a design ally, facilitating the use of design thinking to help social enterprises identify and solve their toughest challenges.

Instructors: Kevin OyeJames Intriligator, & Chris Swan

Online Courses available during Spring 2020 include:

EM-0293-01: Essentials of Technology Strategy (2 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: 7 weeks between January 15 - February 26

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, PhD

EM-0293-02: Leadership: Personal & Team Development (2 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: 7 weeks between January 15 - February 26

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, PhD

EM-0293-03: Developing Financial Literacy (2 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: 7 weeks between March 4 - April 22

Location: 100% online

Description:

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.

Instructor: Frank Apeseche

EM-0293-04: Customer Discovery & Solution Design (2 credits)

When: Spring 2020

Credits: 2 credits

Duration: 7 weeks between March 4 - April 22

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.

Instructors: Ben Baldwin & Hannah Lipper

Registration for Spring 2020 will be available until January 10, 2020.

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