Is Engineering Management Right for Me?

The MEM degree may be right for you if...

  • you are a science or engineering major interested in developing skills in business, technology management, or entrepreneurship
  • you are interested in technology leadership or a career in industrial management, high technology management, R&D management or technology entrepreneurship in a start-up company
  • you would like to combine a core management curriculum with a master's level technical education
  • you are seeking an alternative to a traditional masters in engineering or an MBA
Read more about our campus and distance options to determine which will fit your needs, or view the class profile for each option.

How does the MEM compare to an MBA or traditional engineering MS?

There are several key differences between Duke's MEM Program and other graduate programs, including MBA and traditional engineering programs.

Program Options

Duke's MEM program

MBA Programs

Traditional Engineering MS/PhD Programs

Curriculum

Tech-based core courses in marketing, management, finance, and law, with a wide range of technical electives in engineering, management, or business, plus unique seminar/workshop series and an internship component

A broad range of core subjects including economics, marketing, accounting, finance, and others, with specialized courses in corporate strategy, management, human resources, international business, and organizational behavior

Research-based curriculum focused on developing advanced technical comprehension in a specific technical discipline

Undergraduate Education

Requires an undergraduate degree in any engineering or science discipline

Attracts students from a wide variety of undergraduate disciplines

Requires an undergraduate degree in a specific engineering or science discipline

Duration 

Campus Program can be completed in as little as one year;
Distance Program can be completed in as little as two years

Traditional programs are two years long

Two to eight or more years, depending on the discipline and degree sought

Work Experience 

Recommended for students with fewer than five years of work experience, and tailored for students in the earliest stages of their careers

Highly-ranked programs in the United States require years of work experience

Varies, depending on the discipline and degree sought

Student Career Goals

Interest in management in a technology-based organization

Interest in executive level management.

Interest in research or academic positions

The Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC) also offers a helpful chart that compares the MEM degree to an MBA.  

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