d-MEMP Email Archive for Fall 2014

Duke Master of Engineering Management Program: Congratulations! (Email #1)

Dear Applicants,

Congratulations on your admission to the Master of Engineering Management Program! We hope that you'll join us in August and become a member of our newest distance cohort. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at memp@pratt.duke.edu. We're here to help!

This email kicks off a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to help you understand all that Duke has to offer. This information will be sent out as it becomes available and be archived online here . Today's note is brief - an overview of resources as you decide on the program (if you haven't already).

Admissions Ambassadors
As mentioned above, our admissions team can help with your questions, but sometimes, you have questions that only a student or alum can answer. Happily, we have a group of alumni and current students who volunteer to contact admitted students to answer questions from a student's point of view. Common topics include anything from courses to life in Durham to careers. We have asked an Admissions Ambassador to contact you in the next few weeks, and we hope that you will find this helpful.

Note that we assigned someone to contact you only if you gave us permission when you applied.

Connecting with Potential Classmates
If you're on Facebook, there's a group for Admitted d-MEMP students . Join in the conversation and get a head start on getting to know your classmates!

Other Questions?
Questions should be routed through the admissions office ( memp@pratt.duke.edu ) for now. Your question will be forwarded to the correct person if we cannot answer it directly.

We both hope that you will become a member of the Master of Engineering Management Program, and hope to see you in Fall 2014. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.


Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs


Duke Master of Engineering Management Program: Important Dates (Email #2)

Dear Applicants,

This is the second in a series of emails that the Admissions Team will send to you to help you as you explore all that Duke has to offer. If you miss anything, note that all email is archived online at http://memp.pratt.duke.edu/d-memp-email-archive-fall-2014 . This week, we'll talk about Residency 1, the beginning of courses, and tuition information.

The cohort model is an important part of the program, and a cornerstone of that model is Residency, a week-long experience that allows you to build community with your fellow students, faculty, and staff.

Residency 1 will take place August 17 through 22; you may arrive at any time on Sunday, August 17th, and you may depart after 2:00 PM on Friday, August 22nd. Residency is required as part of the program; it is not optional.

The week will cover a variety of topics including program introduction, distance technology overview, business simulation activities, professional development workshops, and case study discussions.

Students will be housed together on Duke’s campus at the R. David Thomas Conference Center. Reservations will be made for you by the program and all meals will be provided.

Students are responsible for initial transportation to and from campus. Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is located approximately 25 minutes from Duke and is served by many ground transportation options. Transportation for residency activities will be provided.

Courses will begin the next week on August 25th. Course registration will be available later this spring.

Tuition and Financial Aid Information
Tuition is billed in the summer and is usually due in August. Estimated Tuition and Fees for 2014-2016 are now available online, and payment information is available at http://www.bursar.duke.edu/.

If you are planning on applying for a federal Stafford or Perkins loan, you can complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form at www.studentloans.gov.

For further information on FAFSA and the U.S. Department of Education’s student aid programs, you may call 1-800-433-3243 seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to midnight (Eastern time). When completing the FAFSA form online, you will be asked for Duke’s Title IV code; it is E00165. Once you have received confirmation that your forms are complete and have been forwarded to the University, a financial aid officer will complete your aid award. If you have any questions during this process, you may contact Ms. Lisa Roop-Wioskowski who manages Graduate Financial Aid at 919-681-3247 or grad-finaid@duke.edu.

We're here to help.
If you have any questions, please let us know at memp@pratt.duke.edu. Also, if you haven't already joined the Facebook group for Admitted d-MEMP students, take a look. We have several current students on hand to help with any information you need. Start posting!

That's it for today. Please let us know if we can help with any questions.

Susan Brown and Erin Degerman
Admissions Team
Professional Masters Programs


Duke Master of Engineering Management Program: Course Enrollment Information (Email Special!)

Dear Applicants,

Hello! My name is Staci Thornton and I'm the Academic Coordinator for the Professional Masters Programs. I help students with academic planning, including course registration and graduation requirements. I wanted to let you know that you will be able to register for classes by Friday, April 18. Until your official transcripts and I-20 information have been received by the admissions office you will not be able to enroll in courses. If you have received your NetID and password, you are eligible to enroll. Please note there is a high volume of mail that still needs to be processed.

To register for classes, you will need to sign in to ACES using your NetID and password. For instructions on how to register for classes, please review the ACES- How To Guide. Remember that Bookbagging your classes it NOT registering for classes. You have to book bag your classes and then Enroll in them. See the ACES- How To Guide for more information.

In the d-MEM Program, you are required to complete the following courses to graduate:

  • Four core courses which include Marketing, Law, Finance, and Management. Most students take EGRMGMT 510- Marketing and EGRMGMT 530- Finance during their first semester.
  • Two Technical Elective courses
  • Two Focus Area electives
  • Attend Three Residencies: Orientation, Mid-Program, and Capstone- Your first Residency will be August 17-22 and more information will be available soon.
  • Two Capstone courses, EGRMGMT 550 and 551, which should be taken in your last semester before your final residency. Most students use their work experience for this final project but you will still need to enroll in both courses during your last semester.

Important: Distance-MEM Sections: Before you start enrolling classes, please note that some sections are for the Distance-MEMP students only. You should only enroll in these sections:

  • EGRMGMT 510.04 Marketing
  • EGRMGMT 530.04 Finance in High Tech Industries
  • EGRMGMT 560.02 Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 562.02 Operations Management
  • EGRMGMT 574.02 Commercializing Technology Innovations
  • EGRMGMT 590.02 Designing Customer Experience
  • EGRMGMT 590.04 Managing Product Development
  • EGRMGMT 590.08 Computational Finance Please let me know if you have any questions!

As you are thinking about your schedules for Fall 2014, there are some helpful ways to make course decisions. We have added many resources to Sakai. You will need to go to sakai.duke.edu and login. You will then need to click on Membership on the left hand side, then click on Joinable Sites at the top of the page under “My Workspace: Membership”. Then search for MEMP/MEng Resources. You will then click join and have access to the site. To access the site, click on My Current Sites and MEMP/MEng Resources should be listed there.

  • Course Introduction Videos - Professors have taken the time to create course introduction videos that are available on the MEMP/MEng Resources Sakai site. You can view videos in the Media Gallery on the left hand side. Professors have provided their e-mail addresses at the end of each video so please feel free to reach out to them and ask any questions!
  • Sample Syllabi- You can find syllabi for Fall and Spring courses on Sakai. Go to the MEMP/MEng Resources Site and click on Resources -> MEM Academic Info -> Syllabi -> Sample Fall 2013 Syllabi or Sample Spring 2013 Syllabi. These are subject to change but can give you a good idea about what the syllabi will be like for the upcoming semester.
  • Fall Course Student Panel- This semester we held a student panel about Fall courses which you can view on Sakai. Go to the MEMP/MEng Resources Site Site and click on Media Gallery on the left hand side. The video is located in the MEMP Course Introductions folder.
  • Previous Course Evaluations- When you are searching classes in ACES, there is an option to view previous course evaluations. You just click Course Eval and it will give you a list of all previous course evaluations. Instructors of courses can change so make sure you are looking at the correct instructor. Not all courses have course evaluations available to students so if you don't see it for a course, then it is not available.
Please let me know if you have questions!


Staci Thornton


Staci Thornton
Academic Coordinator
Professionals Masters Programs
Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
919-684-3905 (office)
919-668-2888 (fax)