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Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs as early as possible, ideally in the freshman or sophomore year. Students should not wait until they are declaring a major to consult with the department’s student services staff. This is particularly important for students who would like to study overseas or pursue another major or minor.

The program leading to the bachelor of science in Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) is detailed in the Stanford Bulletin and the School of Engineering’s Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.


The undergraduate curriculum in Management Science and Engineering trains students in the fundamentals of engineering systems analysis to prepare them to plan, design and implement complex economic and technological management systems where a scientific or engineering background is necessary or desirable. The major prepares students for a variety of career paths, including investment banking, management consulting and facilities and process management; or for graduate school in industrial engineering, operations research, business, economics, law, medicine or public policy .

Educational objectives of the undergraduate degree program:

  • Principles and skills —students acquire a basic understanding of management science and engineering principles, including analytical problem solving and communications skills.
  • Preparation for practice —students prepare for practice in a field that sees rapid changes in tools, problems and opportunities.
  • Preparation for continued growth —students prepare for graduate study and self-development over an entire career.
  • Preparation for service —students develop the awareness, background and skills required to become responsible citizens, employees and leaders.

See the department's undergraduate Learning Outcomes page for additional learning objectives.

The program builds on the foundational courses for engineering, including calculus, mathematical modeling, probability, statistics, engineering fundamentals, and physics or chemistry.

Students interested in a minor should see the Minor tab in this section.

MS&E also participates with the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics in a program leading to a BS in Mathematical and Computational Science. See the “Mathematical and Computational Science” section of the bulletin.


The department core, taken for all areas, includes courses in accounting, computer science, deterministic optimization, economics and organization theory, and a capstone senior project. Through the core, students are exposed to the breadth of faculty interests, and are in a good position to choose an area during the junior year.


The major is designed to allow a student to explore all three areas of the department in greater depth.

  1. Finance and decision — focuses on the design and analysis of financial and strategic plans.
  2. Operations and analytics — focuses on algorithms, theory, and the design and analysis of manufacturing, production and service systems.
  3. Organizations, technology and policy — focuses on understanding, design and analysis of organizations and public policy, particularly technology-based issues. 

For detailed requirements and sample programs, see the Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs (UGHB) or the Stanford Bulletin.