Dartmouth Engineering

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. 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.

Why the Dartmouth MEM?

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."

Read about other MEM graduates.

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 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 between one-third and half of all MEMs do. These students typically worked between one and two years before entering the MEM program.

Average Test Scores
GRE-Q: 166  |  GRE-V: 158  |  GRE-A: 4.2  |  TOEFL: 111  |  GPA: 3.5

Previous Undergraduate Education Majors

Residency & Prerequisites

Students must be in residence for a minimum of 3 academic terms.

A Bachelor’s degree is required.  MEM students generally hold an undergraduate degree in engineering or one of the
physical sciences.