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Quick Facts

The basics at-a-glance

Degree earned: Master of Engineering Management


Northwestern University’s Evanston campus

Easy access to Chicago’s STEM industries

Optional internships typically located in the greater Chicagoland area

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Classes held Monday - Thursday evenings + Saturday mornings

Part-time option:
2-3 years | Start in any academic quarter

Full-time option:
9-15 months | Full-time and international students start in September

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Class Size

Program is not a cohort format to allow additional flexibility

20-30 students in each academic course

Students possess an avg. seven years STEM experience which stimulates deep class discussion

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Application deadlines depend on quarter and part- or full-time option

Part-time students:
Fall quarter start:
Priority deadline: May 1
Final deadline: August 1

Winter start: November 15

Spring start: February 15

Full-time students:
Round 1: December 15
Round 2: February 15
Round 3: only if space exists

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Ian WieseMEM ’18

Chief Technology Officer at NUMiX Materials

“ I realized I had an ability to communicate with people interested in business as well as people with technical expertise. From then on, I knew I wanted to find a way to use that to my advantage and combine the technical with the business to carve out a niche for myself.”

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Margaret DebrauskeMEM ’21

“ The benefit of MEM is that you are working with the best in class from around the world and will leave each course knowing you have expanded not only your hard skills, but soft skills for business success.”

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Weston SramekMEM ’17

Radiological Controls Engineering Supervisor at General Dynamics Electric Boat

“ The MEM program allowed me to pack 15 years of work experience into one curriculum. This has allowed me to more easily understand how my engineering group fits into the larger company and effectively communicate to other organizations when I see a problem.”

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Gabrielle D’AnnaMEM ’21

“ After researching both MEM and MBA programs, the MEM program felt like a better fit for me and my career path. It provides me the opportunity to integrate my technical background with the foundations of business and management in order to be a more strategic thinker.”

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Christopher MuiMEM ’15

Digital Product Manager at Moonshot by Pactera

“ The MEM program places an emphasis on the innovation mindset and start-up space, which is incredibly important to keep a pulse on for those who are looking to stay relevant and want to continue to build products and services that make a difference.”

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Raj Shekhar MadhurakaviMEM '22

Senior Program Manager Mathworks

“ MEM allows you to pursue courses in product management, supply chain, data analytics, and other engineering disciplines while still learning about leadership, marketing, strategy, and finance,” he said. “It offers a good combination of technical and business subjects.”

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Urvi ThakkarMEM '19

Systems Engineer, Lake Forest Hospital

“ The network that MEM and Northwestern University have helped me create is by far the biggest asset I will ever own in my life.”

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Vignesh RamasamyMEM '16

“ Northwestern's MEM graduate degree can definitely elevate your career by building on your technical background and helping you develop the right mix of analytical, entrepreneurship and management experience.”

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Why Northwestern?

Unique program features

Housed within the highly regarded Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences Department at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering, the MEM program is one of the oldest in the country, and the only one of its kind in the midwest. MEM is a proud member of the Master of Engineering Management Programs Consortium (MEMPC), a group of elite professional graduate engineering management programs that works to raise awareness of the field.

Innovative Curriculum

Innovative Curriculum

Learn to effectively communicate technology concepts in the language of business. Graduate with the management skills needed for top leadership roles.

Customize your curriculum to match your desired areas of career specialization and explore other engineering-related topics such as entrepreneurship and product management.

Flexibility and Support

Flexibility and Support

Choose the part-time option to accommodate work or personal needs, or complete the degree more quickly with the full-time option.

A dedicated program staff handles related administrative tasks throughout your tenure, ensuring that your time can be focused on learning.

Business in the Context of Engineering

Business in the Context of Engineering

Learn from esteemed Northwestern faculty and leading industry professionals in terms that are applicable to your background. 

In your STEM-experienced classmates, find a wealth of practical knowledge, insights, and expertise to enrich your learning and provide valuable networking opportunities.

Career Outcomes

Career Outcomes

Chart your career path with the confidence that you're prepared to lead in a variety of roles, and position levels. Plus, your readiness will not be restricted to one type of industry

Enjoy a great connectedness through MEM's vast student, alumni, and faculty networks - and through industry contacts frequently brought to campus.

Experience your thinking process transform from recognizing tactical insights to seeking out strategic advancements, preparing you for key leadership positions.


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