Technical Electives

Technical electives enable students to customize coursework to satisfy their individual preferences. Elective offerings are designed to provide variety, flexibility, and top-of-class quality as students enhance their depth and breadth of knowledge. Students may

  • take courses at the highly-ranked departments within the Pratt School of Engineering, including our top-ranked Biomedical Engineering Department or
  • customize an interdisciplinary set of courses in subjects such as photonics or nanotechnology or
  • select from a variety of topics in the area of management of technology and entrepreneurship offered by the Engineering Management department or
  • take courses outside of the Pratt School of Engineering with the Director's approval from the Fuqua School of Business* or in areas such as physics, chemistry, computer science, or statistics/decision science or
  • pursue courses at NC State University and the University of North Carolina through an inter-institutional transfer and with approval of the Director or
  • develop an independent study course by identifying a topic and an interested faculty member. Students may take up to two independent study courses.

The possibilities are endless in customizing a set of courses to meet your needs. Our most popular electives are available here, and students may choose a focus area of study if they like.

Duke's official schedule of courses to be offered in summer, fall and spring terms is available online.

*Fuqua courses are offered on a space available basis with instructor consent. Fuqua courses are offered in 6-week terms rather than semesters, and MEM students are limited to one Fuqua course per term, two per semester. Fuqua courses require a separate registration process than that of engineering courses.

Focus Areas of Study

Though not required by the MEM Program, focus areas are often chosen by students who would like to focus on an industry segment or technical field. Students choose from a varied selection of courses, enabling both those with an interest in integrating business and technology and those with strong technical interest to expand their knowledge in a particular area. Focus Areas include Management of Technology and Science and Technology.

Management of Technology Focus Areas

Focused on student with an interest in applied classes that integrate business and technology

Construction Management and Property Development

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 560 Engineering Project Management
  • CEE 649 Structural Project Management
  • CEE 679 Environmental Engineering Project Management
  • CEE 690.XX Construction Management

See additional related courses from Duke's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and North Carolina State's Civil Engineering Department.

Data and Decisions

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 580 Decision Models
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Data Mining
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX New Opportunities in Big Data
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Uncertainty, Design, and Optimization
  • EGRMGMT 584 Advanced Engineering Systems Optimization and Simulation
  • DECISION 614 Forecasting
  • DECISION 617 Information Management
  • ECE 555 Mathematical Methods for Systems Analysis I
  • MGRECON 784 Game Theory for Strategic Advantage
  • STA 611 Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • STA 623 Statistical Decision Theory
  • STA 732 Statistical Inference
  • STA 831 Probability and Statistical Models

See additional related courses from The Fuqua School of Business's Decision Sciences Concentration, Duke's Department of Statistical Science, and The Fuqua School of Business's Decision Sciences Doctorate Courses.

Entrepreneurship

with a focus on building the business rather than the technology

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 574 Commercializing Innovations Turning Visions into Value
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Competitive Strategies
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Intellectual Asset Management
  • FINANCE 651 Entrepreneurial Finance
  • MANAGMT 750 Social Entrepreneurship
  • STRATEGY 838 Entrepreneurial Strategy
  • STRATEGY 845 Entrepreneurial Execution
  • STRATEGY 848 New Ventures Creation 1: Opportunity Evaluation
  • STRATEGY 849 New Ventures Creation 2: Strategy Development 1
  • STRATEGY 850 New Ventures Creation 2: Strategy Development 2
  • STRATEGY 851 New Ventures Creation 3: Operating Plan Development 1
  • STRATEGY 852 New Ventures Creation 3: Operating Plan Development 2

See additional related courses from The Fuqua School of Business's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration.

Financial Engineering

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 532 Advanced Finance for High Tech Industry
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Computational Finance
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Advanced Topics in Financial Engineering
  • EGRMGMT 580 Decision Models
  • ACCOUNTG 598 Valuation & Fundamental Analysis
  • ECON 673 Mathematical Finance
  • FINANCE 648 Derivatives
  • FINANCE 653 Fixed Income Securities and Risk Management
  • FINANCE 657 Financial Engineering

See additional related courses at The Fuqua School of Business's Finance Concentration.

Global Health

Students must apply to participate in this pathway. Selected students must take the following technical elective courses:

  • GLHLTH 750 Health Systems in Developing Countries
  • GLHLTH 701 Global Health Challenges
  • GLHLTH 755 Global Health Policy: Transforming Evidence into Action

Students will have the option of selecting a fourth course in the Duke Global Health Institute, such as:

  • GLHLTH 773 Global Injury and Injury Prevention,
  • GLHLTH 774 Program Evaluation for Health
  • GLHLTH 751Developing Implementation/Operational Research for Improving Health Interventions
  • ENVIRON 538 Global Environment Health: Economics and Policy
  • GLHLTH 590 Introduction to mHealth

See additional information at The Global Health Institute website.

Innovation and Commercialization

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 560 Engineering Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 574 Commercializing Innovations Turning Visions into Value
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Designing Customer Experience
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Intellectual Asset Management
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Managing Product and Service Development
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Solutions: Strategy/Design/Management
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Innovation Management
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Competitive Strategies
  • ENRGYENV 625 Energy, Markets and Innovation
  • HLTHMGMT 712 Medical Device Strategy
  • MANAGEMT 738 Managing Innovation in a Global Organization

See additional related courses from The Fuqua School of Business's Marketing Concentration, The Fuqua School of Business's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Concentration, or also consider science and technology classes in area of interest.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

Suggested classes:

  • EGRMGMT 560 Engineering Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 562 Operations Management
  • EGRMGMT 563 Supply Chain Management
  • EGRMGMT 580 Decision Models
  • OPERATNS 823 Operations Strategy
  • OPERATNS 824 Service Operation Management
  • OPERATNS 827 International Operations Management

See additional related courses from The Fuqua School of Business's Operations Management Concentration.

Science and Technology Focus Areas

Focused on students seeking graduate level science and engineering knowledge. Click on a department or center's name to view courses.

Biomaterials through Duke's Center for Biologically Inspired Materials & Material Systems

Biomedical Engineering through Duke's Biomedical Engineering department

Civil Engineering through Duke's Civil Engineering department

Electrical and Computer Engineering through Duke's Electrical and Computer Engineering department

Energy and the Environment through Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment's Energy and Environment Program

Environmental Engineering through Duke's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment

Materials Science through Duke's Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department

Mechanical Engineering through Duke's Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department

Nanotechnology through Duke's Nanoscience and Nanoengineering Center

Photonics through Duke's Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics

Additional Courses

Please note that there are many additional courses offered in addition to those on these lists. Additionally, there are career interests that are not represented, such as consulting. Students with an interest in consulting might choose to specialize in many different topic areas like IT, finance, product development, etc.

If you are interested in consulting, you should look for the area that most resembles your area of interest and consider classes that focus area of study. You should also consider classes like:

  • EGRMGMT 560: Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 556: Industrial Practicum
  • STRATEGY 896: Strategic Planning Practicum

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