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The Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering prepares students for a lifelong career addressing the technical and managerial needs of private and public organizations. The MS program emphasizes developing analytic abilities, making better decisions, and developing and executing strategies while also leading people who innovate. Unlike an MBA, the department's master’s program addresses the technical as well as the behavioral challenges of running organizations and complex systems, emphasizing quantitative analytic skills and an entrepreneurial spirit.



MS Application timeline & deadlines

DateApplication Status
Late SeptemberOnline Application Opens
December 2, 2024 (11:59pm PST)Application deadline for Autumn 2025-26 for applicants also applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program
December 10, 2024
(11:59pm PST)
Application deadline for Autumn 2025-26

The application deadline is final. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
Mid MarchNotification of application decision

Decisions are released all at once.



Eligibility & application process

Degree Level

  • Applicant must hold an engineering degree, or a related quantitative degree (major or minor) that includes differential calculus of several variables and linear algebra.
  • Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association.
    See minimum level of study required of international applicants.

Background Requirements

  • Applicants are expected to have completed both MATH 51 Linear Algebra, Multivariable Calculus, and Modern Applications, or an equivalent multivariable differential calculus and linear algebra course(s), and CS 106A Programming Methodology, or an equivalent general programming course, before beginning graduate study. 
  • Additional course work in general programming, statistics, and economics is preferred.
  • Work experience is not necessary to apply.