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Master of Engineering Management Admissions
Ready to apply to Dartmouth's Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program? This page provides information about the admissions process including deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application and financial aid instructions.
Application Dates & Deadlines
DECEMBER 1: Application review begins
Application review and interview scheduling begins for Round 1 applications.
JANUARY 15: Round 1 deadline
Deadline to receive notification by March 15. Accepted student deposits are due by April 15 to reserve a spot in the program.
MARCH 1: Round 2 deadline
Deadline to receive notification by April 20. Accepted student deposits are due by May 15 to reserve a spot in the program.
MARCH 15: Round 3 deadline
Applications are processed within one month on a space-available basis.
How to Apply (MEM)
Following are instructions for completing the application for the MEM at Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Dartmouth Engineering). Only complete applications will be considered for admission.
Required Application Materials
All applicants must complete an application for admission online. Online applications open on August 1 of each year.
At any time during the process, you can go back into your application Status Page to update your test scores and your mailing address. After submission, other components (resume, statement of purpose, essays, etc.) cannot be updated. Please be sure you have entered the most accurate information at the time of submission. Due to the volume of applications received, we cannot update these materials after submission.
After submitting your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement through the application system.
It is not necessary to send us a hard copy of the application you file online.
To check the status of your application, revisit your online application Status Page. Please check back often as it may take a few days for the application materials to be processed.
Application materials and supporting documents become the property of the Admissions Committee and are not returnable.
False Statements/Materials: If a candidate for admission to Dartmouth makes a false statement or submits falsified material in connection with his or her application, and the misrepresentation is discovered after the candidate has been admitted, the offer of admission ordinarily will be withdrawn. If the misrepresentation is discovered after a student arrives on campus or at any time during their enrollment, the student will be subject to loss of credits earned and disciplinary action that could include separation from the College. If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the degree normally will be rescinded.
Equal Opportunity: Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth (Dartmouth Engineering) actively supports equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race or ethnic background. No student will be denied admission or be otherwise discriminated against because of sex, handicap, religion, sexual orientation, race, color, or national origin.
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A non-refundable application fee of $50 is required of all applicants, except for Dartmouth College or Thayer students and alumni. The fee must be paid by credit card. Applications will not be processed until this fee is received.
Letters of Recommendation
Three (3) letters of recommendation are required, which must be completed and submitted online directly by your recommender. Please have your recommenders complete the evaluation form which will be emailed to them and submit a signed letter on their official institutional letterhead. If your recommender's company or institution has a policy against letterhead, they must provide a copy of this policy with the recommendation letter.
Letters of recommendation should ideally come from your college professors using their official school email address. Applicants with work or military experience or who are currently in another graduate program should submit a recommendation from their immediate supervisor, a current or former employer, or someone who knows them well through some other professional or community activity.
All applicants are required to submit academic transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate institution from which you obtained your degrees (eg. your bachelor's degree or other advanced degrees.)
You may scan and upload a copy of your academic transcript (not diploma) issued by the institution(s) from which you obtained your undergraduate degree(s) and any advanced/graduate degree(s) directly to the online application.
For grading scales other than 4.0 grading scales: Please include documentation indicating the scale.
Applicants with international transcripts are encouraged to submit a transcript evaluation from WES (World Education Services) along with their Dartmouth Engineering application. While a WES evaluation is not mandatory for admission, it can help expedite the application review process. If you are admitted, you will need to submit official academic transcripts for all your international coursework and credentials. WES evaluations can be used instead of official transcripts, but they must be sent directly to Dartmouth Engineering by the evaluation service provider, and they must include a copy of the official transcripts that were evaluated.
Non-Degree Coursework: If you attended institutions other than those from which your degree(s) were granted, you are required to scan and upload your academic transcripts from these institutions (transfer coursework, domestic or study-abroad programs, postgraduate non-degree coursework, etc.).
If you have more than three undergraduate transcripts or three graduate transcripts to upload, please combine them by uploading a file that contains more than one transcript.
- Scan BOTH sides of your transcript (provided the second side is not blank).
- Depending on the scanner and software, you may either insert individual images (.jpg) into a single word processing document for upload, OR if your software produces a .pdf, simply upload that file.
- The file must be less than 1 MB, in a standard format, WITHOUT password protection or macros. Any of these problems will cause the upload process to fail.
- A diploma is not a transcript.
If you upload a scanned copy of your transcript, you do not need to send a hard copy. The scanned copy fulfills the requirement for the application process. Upon admission, you will be required to supply an official hard copy of your transcript.
Admitted Students: If admitted, you are required to request ONE official, original hardcopy transcript be mailed to Thayer (mailing address below) directly from each college and/or university you have attended in a signed, sealed envelope. We will accept a transcript via email if that is your prior institution's method of transcript delivery.
International applicants must make arrangements to have their academic records translated and sent along with originals. Where American-style transcripts are not used, the applicant must include all available records including courses, grades, degrees, and rank-in-class. The appropriate university officials must certify these records. Evaluations from WES (World Education Services) can be used instead of official transcripts, but they must be sent directly to Dartmouth Engineering by the evaluation service provider, and they must include a copy of the official transcripts that were evaluated.
Upon admission, supporting materials such as transcripts should be mailed to:
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth
15 Thayer Drive
Hanover, NH 03755
Supplemental Form: Area of Interest, Essays, CV/Resume, & Financial Aid
Areas of Interest: Applicants admitted to the MEM program may select electives across several areas including data analytics, product management, entrepreneurship, high-tech, healthcare, and energy. In the application, you will be prompted to rank your interests in order of importance to you.
Essays: The following two essays are required. If possible, keep your essay(s) to a maximum of two pages.
- A statement of purpose describing your interests and career goals and the reasons you wish to pursue graduate studies at Thayer
- An essay specific to the MEM program
CV/Resume: Upload your most recent CV or resume with your application.
Financial Aid: In the application, you must specify whether you will be applying for need-based financial aid. Need-based financial aid is available to all eligible full-time international and domestic students. If you select 'yes' to applying for financial aid, you will also need to complete the online CSS Profile application form at some point after submitting your MEM application. Learn more about applying for financial aid.
Optional Essay: Dartmouth Engineering is committed to a climate that acknowledges and embraces diversity of perspectives and backgrounds, supporting a culture that fosters inclusion and actively pursues equity. In this optional essay, applicants are encouraged to share how their personal perspectives and unique life experiences will contribute to Dartmouth and the Dartmouth Engineering community.
TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo (International Applicants)
Non-US citizens, with the exception of those who are earning or have earned a degree from institutions in the United States or Canada, need to submit language proficiency test scores. For all graduate programs, Dartmouth Engineering accepts the following English proficiency tests: TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo. During the application process, self-reported scores are acceptable. However, once admitted, students will be required to submit official test results directly from the testing organization.
Applicants from only the following countries are not required to report language proficiency test scores: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovenia, and Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
IELTS scores should be sent to "Dartmouth College" with the ETS code 3360.
GREs are optional for all Dartmouth Engineering graduate programs. If you would like to include GRE scores to give the admissions committee a better understanding of your qualifications, we accept self-reported scores at the time of application. If you enter self-reported scores, you will be required to provide official scores if admitted. Visit the ETS website and use code 3360.
MEM candidates are required to hold a bachelor's level degree from an accredited undergraduate institution. While students may hold undergraduate degrees in a variety of academic fields, MEM students generally hold degrees in engineering or one of the physical sciences or have previous experience in these areas.
Language proficiency test scores are required for applicants who are non-US citizens, with the exception of those who are earning or have earned a degree from institutions in the United States or Canada.
While all applications are looked at holistically, we recommend the following score ranges:
- TOEFL scores of 100 or higher
- IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher
- Duolingo scores of 135 or higher
Applicants from only the following countries are not required to report language proficiency scores: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Slovenia, and Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Additionally, all international students are eligible to apply for financial aid for the MEM program. Students who are unable to secure loans in their home countries may want to explore options through Prodigy Finance, which has provided loans to numerous international students in Dartmouth's MEM program.
Dartmouth Engineering initiates the visa process. For information about the visa and immigration process, visit Dartmouth's Office of Visa and Immigration Services.
Campus Visits & Interviews
Applicants interested in visiting campus may arrange a visit directly with the MEM program. During the visit, you will have opportunities to meet MEM faculty and staff, enjoy lunch with current students, and if time allows, attend a class.
To schedule an on-campus visit, please email email@example.com.
Applicants selected for an interview during the admissions process will be contacted directly by the MEM program directors. Interviews will be conducted via Zoom.
Tuition, Expenses & Financial Aid
Tuition for the 2023–2024 academic year is $21,228 per term. Tuition is the same whether the student is enrolled in two, three, or four courses. Review the cost of attendance breakdown of college-related expenses. Personal expenses will vary based on individual lifestyle. All tuition and college-related expenses are estimates and subject to change.
The MEM degree is typically completed in four academic terms plus one summer internship. The usual enrollment pattern is Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer (Internship/ENGG 390) and Fall. A student who enters in the Fall term usually completes the program 15 months later near the end of the following November.
Summer Internship Budget
Most students work on their MEM Project (ENGG 390) during the summer term. Students must enroll for ENGG 390 during the same term as their internship. If a student is not enrolled in any other courses while completing ENGG 390, a partial tuition charge, set at 15% of full term tuition ($3,034 for Summer 2023), is assessed. A student may not enroll in more than one other course while taking ENGG 390. Students should also budget off-campus living expenses for the summer.
Need-based financial aid is available to all eligible full-time domestic and international students. Contingent upon satisfactory performance and academic progress, all MEM students are eligible for need-based financial aid. To be considered for financial aid, prospective students must request financial aid while submitting their application.
Partial Tuition Scholarships
Full-time MEM students (domestic and international) are eligible for partial tuition scholarships. Assessment of need is based on the PROFILE application. Awards are made annually on an academic year basis.
The MEM program is a professional program where students take classes, but are not required to conduct research (unlike MS and PhD programs). Most professional programs (including the MBA, MD, and JD degrees) offer little or no financial aid. Our MEM program is pleased to offer partial tuition scholarships to students with need.
Hourly Teaching Assistantships and Other Employment
Teaching assistantships may be available to well-qualified students. A teaching assistant is paid hourly to assist with grading, problem sessions, and/or lab work. Assignments are made on a term-by-term basis. Other limited hourly employment is available to qualified students.
Work is generally limited to 12 hours per week during academic terms and 40 hours per week between terms and during off-terms. The hourly rate of pay is $17. Hourly employment may not exceed a total of 40 hours per week from any and all College sources.
The George C.A. "Gus" Conrades '90 Distinguished Fellowship
The Conrades Fellowship is available to select students with demonstrated leadership potential as judged by a faculty review. The fellowship provides assistance, based on financial need, to selected students. Conrades Fellows work collectively and with a faculty mentor on an entrepreneurial project approved by the MEM program director and dean that culminates in a report or presentation and/or business plan. This competitive fellowship provides students with a deeper understanding of team process and leadership.
Applications for this fellowship are submitted during the Winter term of your first year in residence.