M.S./M.Eng. in Management Science and Engineering

We encourage you to register for our informational webinars to learn more about our Master's program. Multiple sessions will occur over the course of the fall and spring semesters, starting in September. Registration for these events is required. Please register on our events page:


We accept applications for Spring and Fall based on the following timeline:


- Application opens: September 1

- Application deadline: December 1


- Application opens: September 1

- Application deadline: July 15

On the basis of merit, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded. All MGSE master's program applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships; no additional action is needed.

The Management Science and Engineering (MGSE) Master’s Program is directed toward integrating scientific methods with the functional aspects of organizations.  Application of quantitative methodology and systems analysis in the context of decision making, risk analysis, economics and cost analysis, production management, and supply chain logistics is emphasized. This integration provides the students with a broader perspective toward managerial decision-making in both private enterprise and public administration.

Mid-career professionals and recent graduates with a background in engineering, mathematics, or applied sciences who intend to seek managerial, consulting or systems analyst positions are appropriate candidates. In particular, those candidates who intend to seek positions demanding both technical and management skills find the MGSE background advantageous in dealing with the complex problems of industrial, commercial, and public service organizations.

In addition, the MGSE Master’s Program offers a strong training component in data analytics and machine learning, providing students the necessary knowledge base and skills about data related processes and algorithms needed for industry or research positions. Students can choose a variety of courses in descriptive and predictive analytics, such as

ISE 465 Applied Data Mining
ISE 364 Introduction to Machine Learning
ISE 410 Design of Experiments
ISE 409 Time Series Analysis

as well as courses in prescriptive analytics, such as

ISE 426  Optimization Models and Applications
ISE 455  Optimization Algorithms and Software
ISE 416  Dynamic Programming

The Lehigh ISE Department offers the possibility of converting such training into a Certificate in Data Analytics.

The program is delivered both in-person and remote/online. The duration is also flexible. It can be completed in 12 months (Summer-Fall-Spring), or in 18 months (Fall-Spring-Fall) to allow for a Summer internship.

Internship opportunities are provided through the industrial contacts of the faculty of the Lehigh ISE Department as well as through our companion Enterprise Systems Center (ESC) (located on the 2nd floor of our Mohler Lab building). In particular, ESC provides a professional platform for industrial projects and a vast network of enterprise opportunities. See also our Lehigh ISE Industrial Liaison Program and a list of our client-driven ISE UG Senior Capstone projects in the last 10 years.

To be admitted to the MGSE Master’s Program, a candidate must demonstrate basic competence in basic mathematics (calculus, statistics, and linear algebra) and computer programming. A candidate lacking a certain background may be required to take introductory courses. The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours, of which at least 18 must be in the 400-level. It allows for 21 credit hours at 300 or 400 level from outside the department (e.g., Finance, Economics, Statistics, and Math). No more than 9 credit hours may be taken from the College of Business. The MGSE Master’s Program Advisor approves all course work.
Master of Engineering
This degree is for those students whose interests are geared towards an industry career outside academia. The minimum program for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in MGSE consists of 27 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 3 credit project or, optionally, 30 credits hours of approved courses. A faculty member supervises the project. 
Master of Science
This degree can help prepare students applying for doctoral studies. The minimum program for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in MGSE consists of 24 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 6 credit thesis. A faculty member supervises the thesis.

Click here for the Core Requirements for the Management Science and Engineering Program.


Distance Learning

The program is also available remote/online for distance learners. Find out more here.

Lawrence E. White Fellowship

The Lawrence E. White Fellowship is made available through the generosity of Lehigh and department alumnus, Lawrence E. White (’64, ’65, ’69), for full tuition toward 30 credits of master’s degree study in the Management Science and Engineering Program (no stipend is provided). For more information, please click here.

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