Technical Electives

Technical electives enable you to customize coursework to satisfy your preferences.

Our elective offerings provide you variety, flexibility, and top-of-class quality as you enhance the depth and breadth of your knowledge.

Design your path

Duke Engineering Management students may:

  • Take courses in the highly-ranked departments of Duke Engineering, including Biomedical Engineering
  • Customize an interdisciplinary set of courses—such as in photonics or nanotechnology
  • Select from topics in management of technology and entrepreneurship, offered by the Engineering Management department
  • Take courses outside Duke Engineering, with prior approval, in Business* or physics, chemistry, computer science, and statistics/decision science
  • Pursue courses at NC State University and the University of North Carolina, through inter-institutional transfer
  • Develop an independent study course. (Limited to two independent study courses.)

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

Select Your Options

The possibilities are almost endless to customize a set of courses to meet your needs:

Focus Areas of Study

Not required, but focus areas are often chosen by students intensely interested in particular industry segments or fields.

Choose from a wide selection of courses—integrate business and technology and/or expand your technical knowledge.

Each of our Focus Areas fall under one of two broad themes:

FOCUS AREAS: Management of Technology

Commercializing Technology Innovations

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

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

Explores issues resulting from economic, social, environmental, political, and health care inequalities, and sees students design and develop solutions.

Courses

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

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

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

Prepares graduates to plan, develop, manufacture, market, and sell a product throughout a lifecycle as well as spanning multiple generations.

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

For those who want to start a technology company—identify problems, develop solutions, build prototypes, and make a start-up strategy. Selected students may pitch to investors as part of a Founder’s Fellowship. More about the Founders Track »

Courses

NOTE: Permission is required to participate in this path, and selected students receive priority in registering for courses within this focus area. Students must take the Key Courses and will have the option of selecting additional courses in other departments at Duke, listed under Other Notable 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: Negotiation/Consultative Sales
  • 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 

Focus Areas: Science and Technology

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

More 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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