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Galante Engineering Business Program

Engineering and Business - a Timely Opportunity

A novel opportunity has been launched for students who choose the BS/MS track in any engineering major at Northeastern University (NU) with an Engineering Management (EM) Masters at NU. It is also available to all eligible students who complete their BS in the College of Engineering BS(E) and then continue on to the MS program in Engineering Management (EM) in the Graduate School of Engineering. Note: Students must have a BS in Engineering from Northeastern.

  • The BS/MS option is available across all Engineering majors: Bioengineering, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical.
  • Students who have graduated with any BS in Engineering from Northeastern and are accepted into the MS(Engineering Management) program at NU are eligible to apply to the Galante Program.

Northeastern’s Galante Engineering Business Program offers a progressive, multi-degree opportunity for engineering students to complement their technical engineering education with business skills. The result is the potential for a three-degree program in which students leverage courses across BS, MS, and MBA curricula to achieve a unique set of technical, engineering management, and business skills while earning a certificate and potentially three degrees (BS/MS/MBA) from Northeastern University.

Program participants will also benefit from regular access to and participation in specially designed Programmatic Elements such as workshops, speaker series, site visits, seminars, and other related personal and professional development activities as a connected cohort.  Each participant creates an individualized personal development plan to combine available Programmatic Elements into a unique co-curricular set of activities to complement coursework. Because of the co-curricular Programmatic Elements, this program is intended for full-time on-campus students.

Edward G. Galante

Edward G. Galante graduated from Northeastern University in 1973, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He joined his co-op employer, ExxonMobil, upon the completion of his course work and remained with the company for 34 years. He retired in 2006. While at ExxonMobil, Ed held a variety of positions in domestic and international business, ultimately rising to the position of Senior Vice President and member of the company's four-person Management Committee. His principal responsibilities in this role included the worldwide Downstream business: Refining & Supply, Fuels Marketing, Lubricants & Specialties, and Research & Engineering. Ed oversaw 45 refineries worldwide, marketing, and sales activities in nearly 200 countries and territories, and a research budget of several hundred million dollars. He was also responsible for corporate staff functions including Public Affairs and Environmental, Health, and Safety activities.

How to earn the Galante Engineering Business Certificate

To earn a Galante Engineering Business Certificate, students must (1) meet the BS(E)/MS[EM] or BS(E) + MS(EM) academic requirements as described in the introduction above and as outlined below, which subsequently includes completing the Engineering Management Program in good standing, (2) make formal application to the Galante Engineering Business Program, (3) participate in the Programmatic Elements described above, and (4) along with the core Engineering Management courses, take 4 specified business-skill courses in the College of Engineering Graduate School as listed below. Potential candidates should work with their academic advisors to ensure that the course requirements will fit into their academic plan.

* Update to Certificate Requirements: Students should take GE 5010 Customer-Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers instead of GE 5000 Special Topics in Engineering.

Option to Transition to a Northeastern MBA

With a Galante Engineering Business Certificate, students are then poised to apply for an MBA in Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business, if they so choose. Upon meeting admission requirements for the Business School, up to 4 of the graduate engineering business-skill courses shown above will be applied toward the MBA degree.

Making Application to the Galante Engineering Business Program

There are 2 paths for potential candidates, provided all other criteria are met:

  1. Students in a BS(Engineering)/MS(EM) at NU
  2. Student who have or will finish with a BS(E) and will begin MS(EM) at NU

Program candidates have expressed a strong interest in combining business skills with their technical engineering capabilities. They are also aware of the prospect of pursuing an optional MBA at Northeastern upon completition of the Galante Program.

Advantages of the Galante Engineering Business Program

In keeping with Mr. Galante’s vision to equip Engineering professionals with a core of business skills, Galante Engineering Business Certificate holders who choose to pursue an MBA at Northeastern will have benefited from a strong business-based engineering curriculum, a series of programmatic enrichment and professional development events each semester, the camaraderie of a connected cohort, and the quality of the D’Amore-McKim MBA program. In addition, the standard path through the Galante BS/MS/MBA can leverage the program architecture to save up to a year’s worth of time and tuition.

Specific questions may be directed to the Program Director, Dr. Kris Jaeger-Helton at

Program Director

Dr. Kris Jaeger-Helton

Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Northeastern University