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

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 467 Mining of Large Datasets
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 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 background courses. The minimum program consists of 30 credit hours, of which at least 18 credit hours must be in the 400-level. The MGSE Master’s Program Director must approve all course work. No more than 9 credit hours may be taken from the College of Business.


Master of Engineering
The minimum program for the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) degree in Management Science and Engineering consists of 27 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 3 credit project or, optionally, 30 credits of approved courses and no project. This program of study is for those students whose interests are geared toward engineering design rather than research. A faculty member must supervise the project.

Master of Science
The minimum program for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Management Science and Engineering consists of 24 credit hours of approved courses and completion of a satisfactory 6 credit thesis. Courses from outside the ISE department usually include other engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and business and economics.

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


Distance Learning

The program is also available 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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Management Science and Engineering

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Lehigh University
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Bethlehem, PA 18015-1582
Phone: (610) 758-4051

E-mail: Lori D'Nicuola