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

Commercializing Technology Innovations

The Commercializing Technology Innovations focus area explores the strategic, tactical, and operational issues associated with bringing a new-to-world technology to market.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 574: Commercializing Technology Innovations: Turning Visions into Value
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Managing Product Development
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Competitive Strategies

Other Notable Courses

  • EGRMGMT 560: Project Management 
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Innovation Management
  • EGRMGMT 556: Industrial Practicum
  • HLTHMGMT 712: Medical Device Strategy
  • MARKETNG 802: Marketing Of Innovations

Data Analytics

The Data Analytics focus area expands a student's knowledge in using statistical principles to analyze large data sets to identify patterns and relationships to answer complex questions.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Data Visualization
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Fundamentals of Data Science
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: New Opportunities in Big Data

Other Notable Courses

  • EGRMGMT 580: Decision Models 
  • ECE 551D: Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms in C++
  • ECE 581: Probability
  • ECE 587: Information Theory
  • ECE 588: Image and Video Processing
  • ECE 590: Intro into Deep Learning
  • ECE 590: Natural Language Processing
  • ECE 590.XX: Textual Data Acquisition and Analysis
  • ECE 590.XX Vector Space Methods with Applications
  • ECE 681: Pattern Classification and Recognition Technology

Global Health

The Global Health focus area explores global health issues that result from economic, social, environmental, political, and health care inequalities and students then design and develop solutions to address health care disparities locally and worldwide.

Permission is required to participate in this pathway, and selected students receive priority in registering for courses within this focus area. Students must take the following key courses and will have the option of selecting a fourth course in the Duke Global Health Institute, listed under Other Notable Courses.

Courses

Key Courses

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

Other Notable Courses

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

See additional information at The Global Health Institute website.

Operations and Supply Chain Management

The Operations and Supply Chain Management focus area develops understanding of the logistics associated with making and delivering a product to the customer, including procurement, manufacturing, and distribution.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 562: Operations Management
  • EGRMGMT 563: Supply Chain Management
  • EGRMGMT 580: Decision Models

Other Notable Courses

  • DECISION 614: Forecasting 
  • EGRMGMT 556: Industrial Practicum
  • EGRMGMT 560: Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Fundamentals of Data Science
  • OPERATIONS 823: Operations Strategy 

Product Design and Development

The Product Design and Development focus area emphasizes the processes and methodologies associated with ideation, opportunity assessment, concept design, prototyping, manufacture, and launching of a new product.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Design Thinking and Innovation
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Designing Customer Experiences
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Managing Product Development

Other Notable Courses

  • BME 590: Biotech Design I
  • BME 590: Fundamentals of Eng. Design
  • BME 590: Medical Device Software Design
  • ECE 590: Team Design Challenge
  • EGRMGMT 556: Industrial Practicum
  • EGRMGMT 560: Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Innovation Management
  • I&E 720: Biodesign

Product Management

The Product Management focus area prepares graduates to plan, develop, manufacture, market, and sell a product throughout a product lifecycles and spanning multiple product generations based on customer needs, technology availability, and competitive positioning.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 590.XX Consultative Selling and Negotiation
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Design Thinking and Innovation
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Product Management in High Tech Companies

Other Notable Courses

  • DECISION 614: Forecasting
  • EGRMGMT 556: Industrial Practicum
  • EGRMGMT 560: Project Management
  • EGRMGMT 580: Decision Models
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Competitive Strategies
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Fundamentals of Data Science
  • MARKETNG 802: Marketing Of Innovations
  • MGRECON 788: Competitive Analysis

Technology Founders

The Technology Founders focus area is for individuals who want to start a technology company but do not yet have the killer idea. Students will identify problems, develop conceptual solutions, build prototypes, and develop a start-up strategy. Selected students have the opportunity to further develop their startup and pitch to investors as part of a Founder’s Fellowship.

Permission is required to participate in this pathway, and selected students receive priority in registering for courses within this focus area. Students must take the following key courses and will have the option of selecting additional courses in other departments at Duke, listed under Other Notable Courses.

Courses

Key Courses

  • EGRMGMT 550: Engineering Management Internship: Prototype Development
  • EGRMGMT 551: Engineering Management Internship Assessment: Startup Strategy
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Problem Identification
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Technical Innovation

Other Notable Courses

  • EGRMGMT 574: Commercializing Technology Innovations: Turning Visions into Value
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Consultative Selling and Negotiation
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Competitive Strategies
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Design Thinking and Innovation
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Designing Customer Experiences
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Engineering Entrepreneurship
  • EGRMGMT 590.XX: Product Management in High Tech Companies
  • ENVIRON 767: Entrepreneurial Experience
  • I&E 510: Social Innovation Practicum
  • I&E 590: Hacking for Conservation & Development: Applying a Lean Startup Model to the World’s Greatest Challenges
  • I&E 720: Biodesign
  • I&E 800: Entrepreneurial Strategies and Skills
  • MARKETNG 802: Marketing Of Innovations 
  • Any Engineering Discipline Elective 

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.

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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