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The mission of the undergraduate program in Management Science and Engineering is to provide students with the fundamentals of engineering systems analysis so that they are able to plan, design, and implement complex economic and technical management systems.

The program builds on the foundational courses for engineering including calculus, engineering fundamentals, and physics or chemistry as well as management science. Students complete core courses in accounting, computer science, economics, ethics, organizational theory, mathematical modeling, optimization, probability, and statistics. To personalize their exploration, students select additional courses from different areas of the department, with greater emphasis in one of them.

The major prepares students for a variety of career paths, including investment banking, management consulting, facilities and process management, or for graduate school in industrial engineering, operations research, business, economics, law, medicine, or public policy.

Educational objectives

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.

Learning outcomes

The department expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the department's undergraduate program.

Students are expected to be able to:
1)   Apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
2)   Design and conduct experiments;
3)   Design a system or components to meet desired needs;
4)   Identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
5)   Use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
6)   Function on multidisciplinary teams;
7)   Communicate effectively;
8)   Recognize the need for and demonstrate an ability to engage in life-long learning;
9)   Obtain the background necessary for admission to top professional graduate engineering or business programs;
10) Understand professional and ethical responsibility;
11) Obtain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context;
12) Obtain a knowledge of contemporary issues pertinent to the field of management science and engineering.


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

Undergraduate depth

The department core—courses taken regardless of one's area of study—includes courses in accounting, computer science, deterministic optimization, economics, organization theory, and a capstone senior project. Through the core, students in the program are exposed to the breadth of faculty interests in MS&E, and are in a good position to choose an area of study during their junior year.

The three areas of study students can explore in greater depth include:

Finance and Decision
The design and analysis of financial and strategic plans.

Operations and Analytics
Algorithms, theory, and the design and analysis of manufacturing, production, and service systems.

Organizations, Technology, and Policy
Understanding design, and analysis of organizations and public policy, particularly technology-based issues.

Declare your major in MS&E

Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs as early as possible, ideally in their 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.

Information and instructions on declaring the Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) major can be found on the How to Declare page.

Please contact Lori Cottle, Student Services Manager, with any questions or concerns about our undergraduate programs: Huang Engineering Center, Suite 114.