MEM Program Options

Students have the option to target their MEM studies toward a specific field of interest. Five possible focus areas are listed below with corresponding elective courses from which students may choose in order to complete their MEM program.

Students who complete three electives (at least 2.5 course credits) in one of the focus areas and receives a P or HP grade for their ENGG 390 project in that same area will be awarded a certificate of completion upon graduation from the MEM program.

MEM Focus Area Form (PDF)

Healthcare Systems Focus

Students interested in applying engineering management and systems engineering to the healthcare industry may choose electives offered at Thayer School, Tuck School of Business, and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI). Additionally, they may choose an internship at a hospital or healthcare company to complete the ENGG 390 project. The opportunity to explore independent study and research projects associated with The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science is also available to students.

Examples of MEM healthcare electives:

Energy and Environmental Focus

Students interested in applying engineering management to energy and environmental concerns may choose electives offered at Thayer School, Tuck School of Business, and environmental law courses offered at Vermont Law School located in South Royalton, Vermont. Additionally, they may choose to accept an internship at an energy or environmental company to complete the ENGG 390 project.

Examples of MEM energy and environmental electives:

Operations and Analytics Focus

Students interested in operations management and applying analytics tools may choose electives offered at Thayer School or the Tuck School of Business. Additionally, they may choose to accept an internship at a manufacturing company or undertake project to improve operations within a company to complete the ENGG 390 project.

Examples of MEM manufacturing and operations electives:

Entrepreneurial Focus

Students interested in starting a high-technology company might choose entrepreneurial electives offered at Thayer School and Tuck School of Business. Additionally, they may choose an entrepreneurial internship or project for ENGG 390. Practical experience can be gained by working with Thayer School professors who have patented their work and established successful businesses. Strategic advice, mentoring, and networking information are available through the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network.

Examples of MEM entrepreneurial electives:

Management of Design Focus

Students interested in applying engineering management and systems engineering studies toward preparation in managing technology design efforts (e.g., in the fields of chemical process design, electronics design, product design, and mechanical design) may choose appropriate electives offered at Thayer School or Tuck School of Business. In addition, they may choose an ENGG 390 internship that is focused on design and/or management of design.

Examples of MEM management of design electives:

Note that upper division engineering sciences courses such as ENGS 65, 73, 75, and 76, coupled with extra faculty-supervised student work, can also count toward the management of design focus area.

Duke University Exchange

Thayer School MEM students may choose to spend their second fall term at Duke University taking equivalent courses in Duke's Master of Engineering Management program.