Tufts Gordon Institute - Masters in Engineering Management ?
I am considering a Masters in Engineering Management at Tufts Gordon Institute (Tufts School of Engineering). I'm 27 with a BS in Chemical Engineering, and currently work in Industrial Controls (Controls and Automation). I am trying to decide whether to apply to this program. A few things in particular worry me: 1) Tufts itself is a great school, but when I do a search for Tufts Gordon Institute or the MEM program, I find little or no info (outside of Tufts itself) on the program. I realize this isn't as "brand name" as MIT (which I think is overpriced), but I am a bit worried about name recognition. Is the Gordon Institute well regarded? 2) The MEM itself is a relatively new degree. It is an alternative to an MBA. I realize that with an MBA I may get more opportunities to jump careers and I will be boxing myself into Engineering if I get this. That said, I am concerned prospective employers will look at my resume and say: "What the heck is an MEM?" Is it worth it to invest in this kind of degree. 3) Tufts has in its favor the cost / reward ratio benefit. This program is roughly $40k for 2 years (part-time), which is about $20k a year, pretty reasonable considering I make a pretty good salary currently (just paid off $50k in undergrad loans over 5 years). Someplace like MIT on the other hand, while I am fairly certain I could get into, is $40-70k a year. Not quite certain I would get all that much (besides a professional network and the brand name) more out of MIT. Plus they only offer full time programs, and that's a lot of lost wages I could be making. I'd prefer feedback from other Engineering professionals or others in the industry. MEM program Link: http://gordon.tufts.edu/engMgmt/MSEM/index.asp Thanks!
Asked By: cuitarded - 9/11/2012
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Answered By: Carla - 9/12/2012
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You need to decide whether you want to stay in engineering or more ito management. The MEM keeps you in engineering. The MBA moves you out of engineering and gets you into management, with the possibility of reaching CEO level. You evidently have enough work experience for either program... More
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