15 Courses Required

The Master of Science program in Management Science and Engineering prepares students for a life-long career addressing critical technical and managerial needs in private and public decision making. Department requirements for the MS degree provide breadth across some of the areas of the department, and flexibility for meeting individual objectives of depth in a particular area of concentration. Students in the Master's program in Management Science and Engineering must take a minimum of 45 unduplicated course units at Stanford as follows:

  • At least 5 core courses (breadth)
  • At least 3 other courses in an area of concentration of their choice (depth)
  • A course in probability (unless a college-level course in probability has already been passed)
  • A project course requirement
  • The remaining units in elective courses
Breadth Requirement

Students must take at least 5 courses out of the following 11 options shown below:

  • Dynamic Systems or Stochastic Decision Models
  • Linear and Nonlinear Optimization
  • Probabilistic Analysis
  • Stochastic Modeling or Simulation 
  • Economic Analysis
  • Decision Analysis I or Engineering Risk Analysis
  • Accounting or Investment Science*
  • Inventory Control and Production Systems*
  • Organizational Behavior*
  • Global Entrepreneurial Marketing*
  • Strategy in Technology-Based Companies*

Students may not waive breadth courses. They may, however, petition to substitute an approved, more advanced Management Science and Engineering course in the same area. Courses used to satisfy the breadth requirement must be taken for a letter grade, must be taken for a minimum of 3 units each, and may not also be used to satisfy the depth requirement. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are limited enrollment courses.

Depth Requirement

Students must complete a departmentally approved set of 3 or more letter-graded courses taken for a minimum of 3 units each, in an area of depth of one of the following types:

  • An area of depth in the Management Science and Engineering department
  • An area of depth in one of the other departments or centers of the School of Engineering
  • In exceptional cases, a coherent area of depth designated by the student

Contact the Management Science and Engineering Student Services office for detailed information about the above-referenced depth areas using the following email address: msande-admissions@stanford.edu

Project Course Requirement

Students must take either a designated project course or 2 designated integrated project courses. The project course(s) must be taken for a letter grade, must be taken for a minimum of 3 units, and may also be used to satisfy the breadth or depth requirement.

Additional Requirements

  • At least 45 units must be in courses numbered 100 and above
  • At least 27 units must be in courses numbered 200 and above in the Management Science and Engineering department, taken for a letter grade and a minimum of 3 units each, and at least 36 letter-graded units must be in Management Science and Engineering or closely related fields. Closely related fields include any department in the School of Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, or Business.
  • The degree program must be completed with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • A maximum of 3 units of language courses (numbered 100 and above) may be applied toward the degree.
  • A maximum of 3 units of 1-unit seminars, colloquia, workshops, etc., in any department, may be applied toward the degree, and a maximum of 1 unit of Curricular Practical Training may be applied toward the degree.
  • Courses in athletics do not apply towards the degree.

Tuition

For course tuition and fees, please click Tuition & Fees.

Time Commitment

Most part-time students take an average of 3 to 5 years to complete the 45-unit requirement. You must complete a Master's degree within 5 years of starting the program.

Admissions

For assistance while in the application process, please contact the Management Science and Engineering Student Services Office using the following email address: msande-admissions@stanford.edu

Background Requirements

Students must have a prerequisite background in Mathematics, Computer Science, and an additional 15 units of Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, or Natural Sciences before the Master's degree is conferred. These courses do not count toward the 45 units of the Master's degree. Courses taken to meet this background requirement may be at either the undergraduate or graduate level, and may be taken as credit/no credit. Contact the Management Science and Engineering Student Services office for detailed information about the prerequisite course background using the following email address:msande-admissions@stanford.edu

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