Bachelor of Science in MS&E Program Information
The program leading to the B.S. degree in Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) can be found in the Stanford Bulletin, and more information is contained in the School of Engineering's Handbook for Undergraduate Engineering Programs.
The undergraduate degree program in Management Science and Engineering has the following educational objectives:
- Principles and Skills: Provide a basic understanding of management science and engineering principles, including analytical problem solving and communications skills.
- Preparation for Practice: Prepare for practice in a field that sees rapid changes in tools, problems, and opportunities.
- Preparation for Continued Growth: Prepare for graduate study and self-development over an entire career.
- Preparation for Service: Develop the awareness, background, and skills necessary to become responsible citizens, employees, and leaders.
In particular, we want to help our students develop:
- An ability to apply knowledge of math, science, and engineering
- An ability to design and conduct experiments
- An ability to design a system or components to meet desired needs
- An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice
- An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams
- An ability to communicate effectively
- A recognition of the need for and an ability to engage in life-long learning
- Background necessary for admission to top professional graduate engineering or business programs
- An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
- The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context
- A knowledge of contemporary issues pertinent to the field of management science and engineering.
The undergraduate curriculum in Management Science and Engineering provides students training 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. To allow greater depth of exploration in a particular area, students must choose one from among five concentration areas.
Graduates will be prepared for work in a variety of career paths, including facilities and process management, investment banking, management consulting, or graduate study in industrial engineering, operations research, economics, public policy, medicine, law, or business.
The program builds on the foundational courses for engineering including calculus, engineering fundamentals, and physics or chemistry. The department core, taken for all concentrations, includes courses in computer science, information, organization theory, mathematical modeling, optimization, probability, statistics, and finance or production. Through the core, all students in the program are exposed to the breadth of faculty interests, and are in a good position to choose a concentration during the junior year.
The five concentrations are designed to allow a student to explore one area of the department in greater depth.
- Financial and Decision Engineering: focuses on the design and analysis of financial and strategic plans. It features accounting, decision analysis, economics, finance, investment science, and stochastic models.
- Operations Research: provides a more mathematical program, based on algorithms, theory, and applications in economics and operations.
- Organization, Technology, and Entrepreneurship: designed for students seeking a broad technological background coupled with an understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups. It features courses exploring different aspects of technology-based organizations.
- Production and Operations Management: focuses on the design and analysis of manufacturing, production and service systems.
- Technology and Policy: designed for students seeking a broad technological background coupled with policy analysis. It features courses in microeconomics, public policy, ethics or the law, and applications in national security and commercial technology policy.
If you would like more information about our degree programs, please come visit Lori Cottle, the MS&E Student Services Manager, in the Huang Engineering Center, Suite 141. Students are encouraged to plan their academic programs as early as possible, ideally in the freshman or sophomore year. Please do not wait until you are declaring a major to consult with us. This is particularly important if you would like to study overseas or pursue another major or minor.