The benefits of a graduate degree in engineering sciences include developing the skills and the drive to innovate. As you work toward becoming an expert in your field, you'll be encouraged to:
- Take charge of your own educational goals
- Form a network of mentors
- Take creative risks
- Attend conferences
- Contribute to a graduate student environment of camaraderie, challenge, and intellectual stimulation
Learning to lead
While acquiring technical depth in your area, you'll hone your leadership skills as well. You'll practice writing outside your field, attend grant-writing workshops, learn how to give constructive criticism, and fine-tune your presentation skills.
Working within a single, unified department of engineering makes exposure to different areas and ideas inevitable. And the opportunities for creativity go way beyond a typical advanced degree in engineering. For example, you might:
- Create a new course with a professor or do an independent study
- Start or participate in a journal or club in your research area
- Take classes in other departments
Every experience you have that reaches beyond your chosen field of expertise prepares you to take the lead in whatever path you choose.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
At Thayer School, where 1 in 4 faculty have started their own companies, we are working to address the nation's growing need for people with both technical and entrepreneurial expertise. As part of that effort, you may:
- Gain training through the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network
- Earn a business certificate (for Ph.D.s)
- Get involved with one of many faculty start-ups
- Add yours to the list of over 30 patent applications filed by Ph.D. candidates since 2002
- Become a Ph.D. Innovation Program Fellow
- Start your own company, armed with knowledge and skills from Dartmouth's Engineering Entrepreneurship Program
Service to society
In the tradition of founder Sylvanus Thayer, graduate students are encouraged to participate in service activities, such as Dartmouth Humanitarian Engineering and others sponsored by the Tucker Foundation and Thayer Council.
- Master of Engineering Management (M.E.M.)—combines graduate level engineering classes with management classes at Tuck School of Business.
- Master of Science (M.S.)—emphasizes innovative engineering research, advanced applied mathematics skills, and depth with breadth across disciplines.
- M.D./M.S.—combines an M.S. in engineering sciences with an M.D. from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)—offers flexibility within research focus areas and preparation for either a professional or academic position. The Ph.D. can also be combined with the IGERT Program in Polar Environmental Change.
- Ph.D. Innovation Program—the first of its kind in the nation, this Ph.D. track supplements the doctoral engineering curriculum with entrepreneurial studies.
- M.D./Ph.D.—combines a Ph.D. in engineering sciences with an M.D. from The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.
Hear from Andrew Giustini, M.D./Ph.D. Innovation Program candidate:
Thayer School research is advancing innovation in three focus areas that cut across traditional engineering disciplines and address critical human needs:
Current projects address these focus areas and/or involve one or more of the following engineering disciplines:
- Chemical & Biochemical
- Engineering Physics
- Materials Science
Collaboration both across the hall and across campus is encouraged: