Careers and Industry Relationships
Dartmouth M.E.M. graduates have a very strong track record of obtaining well remunerated positions in their chosen fields to progress toward higher level managerial and leadership positions thereafter. Specifically, 96% of the class of 2014 secured full-time employment within 6 months of graduation. Entry-level salaries are significantly higher (by about 40%) than those of graduates with a B.S. degree in engineering. Starting salaries of the 2014 class graduates were:
- 75th percentile: $75,000
- Median: $73,000
- 25th percentile: $69,000
Ten years out, the Dartmouth M.E.M. degree holder enjoys a compensation that rivals or exceeds that of an M.B.A. degree holder with the same seniority.
Recent M.E.M. graduates are working in a variety of positions in many different companies.
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2014 (PDF)
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2013 (PDF)
- Career Placement, M.E.M. Class of 2012 (PDF)
Career Placement by Industry
Career Placement by Function
* Other includes entrepreneurial activities, military services, and continuing education
Graduates report that certain skills are key to success:
- problem solving
- communication and presentation
- leadership and organization
M.E.M. students practice these skills in their coursework and then in the M.E.M. internship. Other courses use case histories to provide insight into how these skills work in a range of industrial situations.
"The M.E.M. has provided me with a unique cornerstone for my career. It has opened numerous doors and allowed me to pursue many varied interests from general management consulting in a variety of industries to venture capital investing in early stage, high tech start-up companies. My uniquely broad engineering education combined with the essential business principles taught during the course of the M.E.M. program have been invaluable resources in evaluating the technical feasibility of new ideas, determining the extent to which it is possible to transform these ideas into marketable products, and identifying opportunities within the marketplace that will foster successful growth of new companies."
—Jessica Duda, M.E.M. '99, Project Director, Third Rock Ventures
Heiyab Tessema discusses skills he learned in the M.E.M. program:
Read how the M.E.M. program prepared other M.E.M. graduates for their careers and technology ventures.
The skills acquired during the M.E.M. program are a strong foundation for a successful career as an engineering program manager:
Find out more about the skills gained during the M.E.M. program as employers of M.E.M. students discuss why they hire M.E.M.s.
As a capstone experience, students complete an industry internship during which they complete a project in the framework of ENGG 390: Master of Engineering Management Project. The internship takes place at an industry sponsor's company and may focus on engineering or management or both. During the internship, students gain experience managing a real-world project and applying engineering problem-solving skills while working in an industrial context. Since students are both working with the sponsor and gaining credit for the course in their program they must satisfy multiple needs and requirements during the internship. Upon returning to Dartmouth, students present the results of their internship project to a professional review board.
Recent internship placements demonstrate the range of options for the M.E.M. student.
Watch M.E.M. students describe their internships:
Interaction with industry is a critical part of the M.E.M. degree program. Students have a number of opportunities to develop relationships with professional managers and engineers in industry.
M.E.M. students can tap the expertise of members of the Corporate Collaboration Council to help them in a number of ways. Each student is mentored individually by a member of the Council who advises on career options and preparation, assists with networking, and facilitates the internship and job search.
M.E.M. students find career counseling and career-related resources at Thayer School's Career Services office. The Alumni Networks is a good resource for a student's initial job search as well as for their lifelong career path.
Students can be mentored by engineering or business school faculty and members of the Corporate Collaboration Council.