Degree Overview

The highly customizable Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree at Dartmouth is offered by Thayer School of Engineering in conjunction with Tuck School of Business. Small classes are taught by faculty from both schools. Students gain access to Dartmouth's global alumni network, and many engage with experts at Geisel School of Medicine and the broader New England community of entrepreneurs. As an integral part of Dartmouth College and its heritage, the 29-year-old MEM degree combines valued tradition with innovation.


The mission of Dartmouth's MEM degree is to develop managers who understand both the engineering and business aspects of technology. A recent study of program alumni reveals that MEM graduates consistently perform within the top 20% of their peer group and often rise faster to leadership positions.

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Why the Dartmouth MEM

Value of the MEM Degree

Salary statistics reveal that, upon graduation, a Dartmouth MEM degree-holder commands, on average, a starting salary 36% higher than a holder of a BS degree in engineering, and this difference increases with the number of years past graduation. Ten years out, the Dartmouth MEM grad enjoys a compensation that rivals or exceeds that of an MBA degree holder with the same seniority. (Source: Businessweek)

More than 90% of students say they would recommend the MEM program to a close friend.

Financial aid is available, based on need and merit.

Graduates from this program can...

  • work in research and development, design, or manufacturing
  • thrive at a startup or a large established company
  • assume positions as analysts, product managers, or associates in consulting firms
  • balance marketing demands with product feasibility and ethical considerations
  • apply managerial analysis and risk management skills
  • convey complex technical information to customers and colleagues in business terms

MEM Programs Consortium

Thayer School is one of the leading institutions and a founding member of the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC). 

Visit the MEMPC website.

The MEMPC is a small group of highly recognized professional graduate engineering management programs that are working to share best practices and curricular innovations, to raise awareness of the MEM degree among prospective students and industry, and to foster a national network of MEM alumni and faculty.

Class Snapshot - 2018

  • MEM students are a diverse group.
  • Over the past few years, students have come from Argentina, Armenia, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Iceland, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United States, and Uruguay
  • Each entering MEM class has about 50 students.
  • Average starting age of an MEM student is 24.
  • Between one-third and half of the students are women.
  • All MEM students enter the program with a strong quantitative STEM background.
  • Many MEM students also have broad, liberal arts backgrounds.
  • MEM applicants are not required to have had full-time work experience, but about one-third of all MEMs do. These students typically worked between one and two years before entering the MEM program.
Average Test Scores
GRE-Q — 164
GRE-V — 158
GRE-A — 4.0
TOEFL — 112
GPA — 3.5

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