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Management Science and Engineering Program

2020-21 Management Science & Engineering UG Program

UG Director: Ross Shachter, 337 Huang, shachter@stanford.edu
Student Services: Lori Cottle, 114 Huang, lcottle@stanford.edu
Dept Chair: Pamela Hinds, phinds@stanford.edu

The Department of Management Science and Engineering leads at the interface of engineering, business, and public policy. The department’s mission is, through education and research, to advance the design, management, operation, and interaction of technological, economic, and social systems.

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The department’s engineering research strength is integrated with its educational program at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels: graduates of the program are trained as engineers and future leaders in technology, policy, and industry. Research and teaching activities are complemented by an outreach program that encourages the transfer of ideas to the environment of Silicon Valley and beyond.

Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) provides programs of education and research by integrating three basic strengths:

1.     depth in conceptual and analytical foundations

2.     comprehensive coverage of functional areas of application

3.     interaction with other Stanford departments, Silicon Valley industry, and organizations throughout the world.

The analytical and conceptual foundations include decision and risk analysis, dynamic systems, economics, optimization, organizational science, and stochastic systems. The functional areas of application include entrepreneurship, finance, information, marketing, organizational behavior, policy, production, and strategy. Close associations with other engineering departments and with industry enrich the programs by providing opportunities to apply MS&E methods to important problems and by motivating new theoretical developments from practical experience. MS&E’s programs also provide a basis for contributing to other areas such as biotechnology, defense policy, environmental policy, information systems, and telecommunications.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in MS&E

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.

Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate)

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:

  1. to apply the knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering;
  2. to design and conduct experiments;
  3. to design a system or components to meet desired needs;
  4. to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;
  5. to use techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice;
  6. to function on multidisciplinary teams;
  7. to communicate effectively;
  8. to recognize the need for and demonstrate an ability to engage in life-long learning;
  9. to obtain the background necessary for admission to top professional graduate engineering or business programs;
  10. to understand professional and ethical responsibility;
  11. to obtain the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global and societal context; and
  12. to obtain a knowledge of contemporary issues pertinent to the field of management science and engineering.

Careers in MS&E

MS&E students are candidates for careers in consulting, product and project management, financial analysis, and work in policy arenas. A significant number join or found start-ups. Many have become leaders in technology-based businesses which have an increasing need for analytically oriented people who understand both business and technology. Other graduates make careers tackling the problems faced by local, national, and international governments by developing new healthcare systems, new energy systems and a more sustainable environment. The major problems of the day demand an ability to integrate the technical, social and economic ways of thinking. This is precisely what the department educates its students to do.

Gateway to MS&E

Although there are prerequisites for most MS&E courses, we encourage students to take some MS&E courses in their freshman and sophomore year to learn more about the department. Introductory courses without prerequisites include MS&E 135, 140, 152, 178, 180, 193, and 472. Introductory courses with calculus prerequisites include: MS&E 111, and MS&E 120.

Declaring MS&E

We encourage students to declare as early as possible if they are seriously considering the major. The process consists of discussing your plans with the Student Services Manager and meeting prospective advisors until you find a faculty member you want to work with. The MS&E major offers a wide variety of options and students can receive much better guidance once they have declared. Paperwork for the declaration process is available at https://msande.stanford.edu/academics/undergraduate/how-declare.

Our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program offers students the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member during the summer quarter and get paid to do so full-time. We give priority to our declared majors for REU positions. Information is emailed to all declared majors when applications become available early in the winter quarter.  Applications are due in mid-February. 

Requirements: Bachelor of Science Degree in MS&E

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

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. 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.

The educational objectives of the undergraduate degree program are:

       Principles and Skills—provide students with a basic understanding of management science and engineering principles, including analytical problem solving and communications skills.

       Preparation for Practice—prepare students for practice in a field that sees rapid changes in tools, problems, and opportunities.

       Preparation for Continued Growth—prepare students for graduate study and self-development over an entire career.

·       Preparation for Service—develop in students the awareness, background, and skills necessary to become responsible citizens, employees, and leaders.

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

MS&E also participates with the departments of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics in a program leading to a B.S. in Mathematical and Computational Science.

Core

The department core, taken for all areas, 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 and are in a good position to choose an area during the junior year.

Areas

The major is designed to allow a student to explore all three areas of the department in greater depth.

1.     Finance and Decision: focuses on the design and analysis of financial and strategic plans.

2.     Operations and Analytics: focuses on algorithms, theory, and the design and analysis of manufacturing, production, and service systems.

3.     Organizations, Technology, and Policy: focuses on understanding, design, and analysis of organizations and public policy, particularly technology-based issues.

Completion of the undergraduate program in Management Science and Engineering leads to the conferral of the Bachelor of Science in Management Science and Engineering.

MS&E Program Sheet

MS&E 4-Year Plans & Flowchart

Course Requirements

Find current major requirements for this and all other School of Engineering major programs at Explore Degrees

Math and Science (43 units minimum)

Math (all listed courses; 22 units minimum)

Course Description Units
  Up to 10 units of AP/IB calculus or MATH 19/20/21 [or 41/42--last offered 2016-17]  

CME 100 or

MATH 51

Vector Calculus for Engineers or

Linear Algebra and Diff. Calculus of Several Variables

5

5

ENGR 108 Introduction to Matrix Methods 5
MS&E 120 Probabilistic Analysis  4
MS&E 121  Introduction to Stochastic Modeling 4
MS&E 125 Introduction to Applied Statistics 4

Science (8 units minimum)
Select two of the following options:

  1. CHEM 31B or 31M (formerly 31X) Chemical Principles (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units, A,W
  2. CHEM 33 Structure and Reactivity 4 units, W,S
  3. PHYSICS 21 or 41 Mechanics and Heat (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units,
  4. PHYSICS 23 or 43 Electricity and Optics  (AP/IB credit may be used) 4 units, W
  5. BIO 80 Options: Any of BIO 81, 82, 83, 84, 84, 86, 4 units, any

Math, Science, or Statistics (3 units minimum):

Elective from SoE-approved lists or PSYCH 50. AP/IB credit for Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics may be used.

Technology in Society (TiS)

One of the following courses required:

Course Description Units
AA 252 Techniques of Failure Analysis 3
BIOE 131 Ethics in Bioengineering 3
COMM 120W Digital Media in Society 5
CS 181 Computers, Ethics, and Public Policy 4
CS 182 Ethics, Public Policy, and Technological Change 5
ENGR 117 Expanding Engineering Limits: Culture, Diversity, & Gender (must take for 3 units and for letter grade) 3
ENGR 148 Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions 4
MS&E 193 Technology in National Security 3-4
ME 267 Ethics and Equity in Transportation Systems 3
POLISCI 114S International Security in a Changing World 4
STS 1 The Public Life of Science and Technology 4

Engineering Fundamentals

At least 3 courses; 12 units minimum:

Course Title Units
CS 106A Programming Methodologies (AP/IB credit may be used) 5
MS&E 111
or MS&E 111X 
Introduction to Optimization
Introduction to Optimization (Accelerated)
4
Fundamentals Elective One additional engineering fundamental from SoE approved list in Chap 4 
(ENGR 60 or CS 106B may not be used)
3-5

Writing in the Major

MS&E 108 Senior Project fulfills the WIM requirement

Engineering Depth

Core: All six listed courses; 27 units

Course Description Units
CS 106 B or 106B+M (or 106X, no longer offered) Programming Abstractions 5
ECON 1 Principles of Economics 5
ECON 50 Economic Analysis I 5
MS&E 108  Senior Project  5

MS&E 140

Accounting for Managers and Entrepreneurs

3-4

MS&E 180  Organizations: Theory and Management 4

 

Engineering Depth: Area Courses (8 courses; 24 units)

Choose four from a primary area and two courses from each of the other two areas.

Finance and Decision Area (2-4 courses)

Students choosing F&D as their primary area must take at least two of ECON 51 (or MS&E 241), MS&E 145 (or 245A), and MS&E 152 (or 252)

Introductory (no prerequisites):

Course Description Units
ECON 143 Finance and Society 4
MS&E 152 (WIM)   Introduction to Decision Analysis 4

 

Intermediate (has prerequisites and/or appropriate for juniors and seniors):

Course Description Units
MS&E 145  Introductory Financial Analysis 3
MS&E 146  Corporate Financial Management 3
MS&E 252 Decision Analysis I: Foundations of Decision Analysis 3-4

 

Advanced (intended primarily for graduate students but may be taken by advanced undergraduates):

Course Description Units
MS&E 241 Economic Analysis 3-4
MS&E 245A   Investment Science 3
MS&E 245B   Advanced Investment Science 3
MS&E 246   Financial Risk Analysis 3
MS&E 250A   Engineering Risk Analysis 3
MS&E 250B   Project Course in Engineering Risk Analysis 3

 

Operations and Analytics Area (2-4 courses)

Students choosing O&A as their primary area may also include one of CS 161, CS 229, and STATS 202 in their selections
Introductory (no prerequisites)

 

Methods

Course Description Units
MS&E 112  Mathematical Programming and Combinatorial Optimization 3
MS&E 135  Networks 3
MS&E 213   Introduction to Optimization Theory 3
MS&E 223  Simulation 3
MS&E 226  “Small” Data 3
MS&E 231   Intro to Computational Social Science 3
MS&E 251  Stochastic Control 3

 

Applications

Course Description Units
MS&E 130   Information Networks and Services 3
MS&E 230 Incentives and Algorithms 3
MS&E 232 Introduction to Game Theory 3
MS&E 232H Introduction to Game Theory 3
MS&E 234  Data Privacy and Ethics 3
MS&E 235 Network Structure and Epidemics 3
MS&E 260    Intro to Operations Management 3-4
MS&E 263  Healthcare Operations Management  3
MS&E 267   Service Operations 3
MS&E 330 Law, Order, and Algorithms 3
MS&E 463 Healthcare Systems Design 3

 

Organizations, Technology,  and Policy Area (2-4 courses)

Course Description Units
ENGR 148 Principled Entrepreneurial Decisions 4
MS&E 193   Technology and National Security 3-4

 

Advanced (has prerequisites and/or appropriate for juniors and seniors)

Course Description Units
BIOE 177 Inventing the Future 4
ENGR 145   Technology Entrepreneurship 4

MS&E 175 

Innovation, Creativity, and Change

3-4

MS&E 182A Leading Organizational Change 4
MS&E 182B  Leading Organizational Change II 4
MS&E 184   Collective Intelligence 4
MS&E 185   Global Work 4
MS&E 188 Organizing for Good 4
MS&E 243  Energy and Environmental Policy Analysis 3
MS&E 292  Health Policy Modeling 3

Engineering fundamentals, engineering depth (core), and engineering depth (concentration) must total a minimum of 60 units.

Recommended Engineering Fundamentals are E25B, E25E, E40A, E40M, and E80.

- Students may petition to place out of CS 106A Programming Methodology

- A course may only be counted towards one requirement; courses used to satisfy the TiS requirement may not be used to also satisfy a depth area requirement

-  All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade if that option is offered by the instructor. Minimum combined GPA for all courses in Engineering Topics (Engineering Fundamentals and Depth courses) is 2.0.

MS&E Coterm Information

Dept Application Deadlines Contacts Informational Website
Management Science & Engineering

11/03/20 for Win 20-21

1/12/21 for Spr 20-21

Lindsey Akin

http://msande.stanford.edu/admissions/graduate/coterm

How to Declare a Major in Management Science and Engineering

We encourage students to declare as early as possible if they are seriously considering the major. The process consists of discussing your plans with the Student Services Manager and meeting prospective advisors until you find a faculty member you want to work with. The MS&E major offers a wide variety of options and students can receive much better guidance once they have declared. Paperwork for the declaration process is available on the MS&E website.

  1. Complete the MS&E counseling form.
  2. Go into Axess and declare MS&E as your major. Your declaration will be routed to Lori Cottle, Student Services Officer, for approval. Online approval will be given after steps 1-5 are completed.
  3. Select an advisor from the MS&E list of available advisors. Lori is available to assist you with your selection.
  4. Email the counseling form and an unofficial copy of your transcript or Axess grade printout to your new faculty advisor for a declaration advising session. The session may be via Zoom, phone, or email while we are off-campus.
  5. Email the completed, signed form to Lori, who will then approve your online declaration. You will be sent an automatic email from the system after final approval has been given.
  6. Lori is happy to assist you in creating a 4-year plan.