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Why the Dartmouth MEM?

The Master of Engineering Management (MEM) program at Dartmouth is an immersive experience for engineering and science graduates who seek to become leaders in businesses and organizations driven by technology.

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Degree Overview

The mission of Dartmouth's Master of Engineering Management (MEM) degree is to develop managers who understand both the engineering and business aspects of technology. This highly customizable degree is offered by Thayer School of Engineering in conjunction with Tuck School of Business. The MEM curriculum integrates engineering, mathematics, and core management courses in small classes 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. Each student develops a program of study, which is submitted to and approved by the MEM Director during the student’s first term of residence and updated each term of progress through the program.

Information Session Webinar

Join us at the next MEM Information Session Webinar to learn more about our program, the admissions process, and your future career pathways. During this interactive session, you will have the opportunity to hear from MEM staff, ask questions, and talk directly to a current Dartmouth MEM student.

Career Skills

MEM students master these practical skills to add value in any organization:

  • problem-solving
  • communication and presentation
  • leadership and organization
  • technology assessment

These skills are applied in coursework and the MEM internship

Jessica Duda, MEM '99, says the MEM provided a "unique cornerstone" for her career:

"The Dartmouth MEM 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 startup companies. My uniquely broad engineering education combined with the essential business principles taught in the MEM 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."

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Find out more about the skills gained during the MEM program as employers of MEM students discuss why they hire MEMs.

Value of the MEM Degree

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)

MEM graduates 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 Class Snapshot

  • MEM students are a diverse group.
  • Over the past few years, students have come from Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Canada, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Germany, Iceland, India, Iran, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uruguay.
  • Each entering MEM class has about 55 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 roughly half of all MEMs do. These students typically worked between one and three years before entering the MEM program.

Test Score Percentiles
GRE-Q:  25% | 75% Quartiles = 165 |169
GRE-V:  25% | 75% Quartiles = 152 | 160
GRE-A:  25% | 75% Quartiles = 3.5 | 5.0
TOEFL:  25% | 75% Quartiles = 106 | 110  
GPA:  25% | 75% Quartiles = 3.0 | 4.0

Previous Undergraduate Education Majors

Residency & Prerequisites

Students are required to be enrolled full-time and in residence for a minimum of three academic terms. The MEM degree is typically completed in four academic terms plus one summer internship. A student who enters in the Fall term in September usually completes the program 15 months later near the end of the following November.

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.