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Fall 21 Course Registration Follow-up


I understand there were some questions about course registration and so I thought I would send a note to try to cover some of the common questions and concerns.

  1. The most common question seemed to be will there be enough seats in technical electives?  The simple answer is that even with increased total enrollment, there should be if current student course interest is similar to past student interest. Having said that, we are aware that interests change from year-to-year and so we will be monitoring enrollment and making changes where we can.

I did want to talk about what we have done to prepare for this year. Historically, many of our electives have been only offered in 1 semester (fall or spring). This year, many of our electives will be offered in both the fall and the spring. The list below are those that will be offered in both the fall and the spring. If a student is not able to get a seat in the fall term, they may take the class in the spring term.

Course Number Course Name Allocated Residential Enrollment per semester Total seats in the year
EGRMGMT 512 PRODUCT MGMT IN HIGH-TECH COMP (Lecture) 48 total over 2 time periods 96
EGRMGMT 556 ENGINEERING MANAGEMT PRACTICUM (Independent Study) 48 Fall  Likely 30 spring 78


The Negotiations (EGRMGMT 514) class is new for the fall. It was previously only a spring class.  We also increased the number of practicum sections, and added a number of Advanced Topics classes (EGRMGMT 590) that we think will be of interest. The advanced topic classes are related to managing product design, managing product development and managing software development.

Based on scaling our historical enrollment in these classes, we believe we will have enough elective options and seats to accommodate our incoming class of ~ 225 students.

  1. There are also questions about in person classes (room listed) and online classes for students in the MEM residential program (indicated by time listed and room is “online course.” All of these class seats are intended for our MEM residential students. (Note: classes for our MEM Online students are in the room “online course” and do not have a time associated with them. These classes are not typically available to MEM residential students.) In the above table, I combined the in-person and online seats for residential students. We will allocate seats in the in-person and the online sections for residential students as needed.  We made an initial guess as to how many residential students may be studying remotely or may be arriving after drop/add (Sept. 3, 2021) and would need to start the class online. Please sign up for the class for your situation, even if it puts you on a waitlist. We will monitor enrollment and reallocate seats as appropriate. Students will come off of the waitlist depending on their waitlist number. If you sign up for the online class, the system should not let you enroll. Even if it does let you enroll, if you want to switch from an online section to an in-person section, you will go to the end of the waitlist. Therefore, it is important that you sign up for the class that you want and let us manage the allocation of seats between in-person and online sections.
  2. We have heard that some students are planning on enrolling in 5 electives and not signing up for any core courses in order to hold potential seats in case they might want to take that elective. There is not any safeguard in the system that would prevent hoarding of electives, but we strongly discourage this. It is one of the many reasons we talk about professionalism and the 5 principles within the program. Just because something is not forbidden, does not mean that it is the appropriate and ethical thing to do. By hoarding elective seats you will not use, you are preventing one of your peers from securing a seat in a class they want to take. Hoarding classes also limits our ability to expand seats/sections of a class because we will not be sure if there is an actual need or a bubble due to hoarding. Our recommendation is to sign up for the classes that you intend to take. This will allow your peers to sign up for the classes that they want and will allow us to better respond to any waitlists that may occur.
  3. Many of you are seeking clarity about the different ways you can plan your Fall schedule in DukeHub. Under the “Enrollment” menu, DukeHub offers three tools — Planner, Schedule Builder, and Shopping Cart — to assist you in your course selections.

The Planner tool is primarily designed for undergraduates’ use in mapping out current and future semesters. The Planner tool does not automatically add courses to a student’s Shopping Cart. The Planner tool does not integrate well with graduate classes; for this reason, we discourage MEM students from using it to plan their MEM path. Instead, we encourage MEM students to utilize Stellic, a web-based platform for degree planning and auditing, to map out potential course paths.

The Schedule Builder tool allows students to create and save multiple possible course schedules for the upcoming semester. Students can create a schedule, view it in a weekly calendar view, and save it (e.g., first-choice schedule, back-up schedule, etc.). Multiple schedules may be saved in the Schedule Builder as you look for different possible class combinations. The Schedule Builder does not automatically add courses to a student’s Shopping Cart, but students may add courses to their Shopping Cart when they are in the Schedule Builder. For more information about how to use the Schedule Builder, please click here.

The Shopping Cart is what you will ultimately use to enroll in your Fall 2021 courses. You should add your intended Fall 2021 courses to your Shopping Cart and then enroll in your courses when registration goes live on July 7 at 7:00am (EDT). At any time prior to enrollment, you may also validate your course selection to ensure that you meet any prerequisites for your selected courses, and that your selected courses do not meet at overlapping times. For more information about registering from the Shopping Cart, please click here.

I hope this helps to address your questions. If you have other questions, please let us know.

Best Regards,



Brad Fox, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Masters Programs



Fall 2020 Course Registration

Hello MEMers,

Fall 2020 bookbags are now open! You can log in to your DukeHub account to view the Fall schedule of classes and place classes in your bookbag. Not sure what to bookbag? View degree requirements on MEM’s student resources website. Don’t forget to validate any class schedules you put together to check for pre-requisites, time scheduling conflicts, and required permission numbers. Also remember to look at the details of a class section to see if it will be delivered in-person, online only, or in a hybrid format. Here is a guide to help understand what the different instruction modes mean and where you can find them when looking at a class. Details of a class may be listed in the Class Notes section. For help locating the Class Notes, here is a guide.

Registration begins on Monday August 3rd at 7:00 AM (EDT). Tutorials on how to register are available here. If you are interested in taking courses that are not EGRMGMT courses, please refer to the approved/unapproved technical electives list to see if the course you are interested in will count as a MEM technical elective. Also, please note, you must get permission from the course instructor if you wish to take a course that is not an EGRMGMT course.

We are also rolling out a new platform (called Stellic) for you to easily organize your upcoming Fall 2020 semester and keep track of your degree progress. Stellic will allow you to

  • Plan course selections that fit your Fall 2020 schedule – Discover conflict-free sections for the courses you are planning to take next semester. You can select a time slot in the weekly view and we’ll show you courses that are still needed for your plan available for that time slot.
  • Plan your degree interactively – Drag, drop, and add courses between semesters while keeping track of pre-requisites, constraints, and typical course offerings.
  • Track your progress towards degree completion – See completed, in-progress, and remaining requirements for your degree.

Stellic can be accessed through duke.stellic.com using your Duke NetID and password. Check out the QuickStart Guide for help on getting started. The Stellic platform is new to Duke, so if you discover any issues on the platform or if you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Liddle at kelsey.liddle@duke.edu. Please note that you cannot register for classes through Stellic. You will still need to place classes in your bookbag and register through your DukeHub account.

Thank you,


Kelsey Liddle

Student Records Coordinator

Master’s Programs

Pratt School of Engineering




Welcome to The MEMo!

The MEMo will be sent every Wednesday. Keep an eye out for PDC Announcements/Events, notes or updates from your MEM Staff, or other general tips to help you make the most out of your MEM experience.

Before we even begin with the MEMo information, the MEM Department would like to say thank you! Thank you for adjusting, pivoting, and jumping into this new MEM virtual community. So much has changed in all of our worlds and we would like to take this opportunity to say how truly special it is to be part of such a caring community. We fully recognize how difficult this has been and will continue to be. We ask that you check in with your friends, family, and neighbors. Ask for help when you need it – we are all here for each other! The MEM department and staff care deeply about each of you, the entire community, and keeping everyone healthy by social distancing.

MEM Zoom Office Hours (through Friday, March 20)

You could have a specific question or just want to say hello! Feel free to drop into any of the open offices. We also like to see your smiling faces!

Update from Career Services

  • Career coaching appointments have been converted to Zoom-only and students will receive the log-in information in the location field of the appointment. Students will continue to make these appointments via CareerConnections.
  • We’re adding online Job and Internship Search Office Hourson a daily basis and students can see that information here. Students will see a list of upcoming office hours and that days link since we’re using our personal Zoom meeting rooms for these.
  • Students who are part of a Search Work Team have been notified those will continue. If you interact with students who are active in the job or internship search and want to learn more about having extra support from staff and peers and more structure to their tasks, as them to check this They can apply to be part of the program and as space is available in the groups, we will welcome them in.
  • We will continue to have these online resources custom designed for Engineering Master’s students available on Sakai.

 Update from GCIP

GCIP is offering online communication coaching via their WCO platform. Please use the following link to reach the Graduate Communications Center for appointments or other questions: https://pratt.duke.edu/covid19/gcc-online

 Staying Organized with COVID-19 Updates

If you email inbox is anything like mine, you probably have multiple long emails with lots of links and instructions pertaining to all the changes. You might find it helpful to create a new folder in your outlook and save all these emails in one place. Then when you’re looking for a particular resource (say from DVS or International House) it won’t take so long to find it. You can also bookmark certain websites to your browser to help stay organized too!

Fall 2020 Courses

Bookbagging is scheduled to open on Monday, March 23rd for the Fall 2020 semester. Questions regarding the process or courses, please reach Tracie Foust (tracie.foust@duke.edu)

MQM & MEM Game Night – TBD

Stay tuned for a fun cross-campus game night (hosted virtually of course) in the next week or two. We’re all in this new space together so we might as well have some fun!

PDC Club Activities – transitioning to online

PDC clubs will continue with their events as they transition into virtual engagement. As the semester comes to a close, each club will be transition into a new leadership. Keep an eye out for updates from your PDC Presidents.

Stay well my friends! Hand wash, hand wash, hand wash!

Looking for MEMP academic forms? Check MEMP Sakai!

Looking to connect with other MEMers? Check Facebook!

Questions regarding academics – Your MEMP Academic Coordinator is Tracie Foust

Questions regarding student services – Your MEMP Assistant Director is Carolyn Gilbert

Questions regarding clubs or student engagement – Your PDC Board President is Aditya Ganti

Trying to stay organized? Subscribe to the MEMP Student Services & Clubs outlook calendar!