MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering

The MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering has been developed to meet the need for professionals who have expertise in both engineering and management.  It is open to students who have completed a bachelor of science degree in engineering, a physical science, computer science, or applied mathematics.

The program is offered jointly by the College of Business and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.  It allows students to receive both the MBA and MSE-ISE simultaneously upon completion of the required 57-66 credit hours.

You may complete the program on campus, on-line, or any combination of the two. (The MBA concentrations are optional, and most require a campus presence.) You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters.  

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students. Students must apply and be admitted to the MBA and the MSE-ISE programs separately.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the program may take up to 6 graduate business credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.

Program Prerequisites

Applicants must meet the requirements for MSE-ISE admission, including:

  • Completion of a bachelor of science degree in engineering, a physical science, computer science, or applied mathematics
  • A course in Probability and Statistics (IMSE 510 or equivalent)
  • A course in Operations Research (IMSE 500 or equivalent)


MBA Core Courses (7 courses/21 credits) 

ACC 505
BE 530
BPS 516
FIN 531
MIS 525
MKT 515
OB 510

Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
Economic Analysis: Firm and Consumer
Corporate Social Responsibility 
Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
Computer and Information Systems
Marketing Management
Organization Behavior

MBA Applied Integrated Management (4 courses/12 credits in three areas)

  • International Business (3 credits) from: BE 583 The Global Economy: Crisis and Growth (no credit if you have already completed BE 580), FIN 655 International Financial Management, MKT 622 Global Marketing, OB 610 International Dimensions of Management, OM 571 Supply Chain Management
  • Capstone (3 credits): BPS 535 Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • General AIM Courses (6 credits) from: ACC 616 Corporate Actions and Reactions, BA 605 Managerial Decision Making, BPS 585 Managing Strategic Innovation and Change

MBA Electives or Optional Concentration (3 courses/9 credits)

Tailor the degree to your own interests with an optional MBA concentration in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management.  (Students electing the Information Systems concentration in the MSE-ISE may not earn the MBA concentration in Management Information Systems.  Students electing the Operations Research and Management Science track in the MSE-ISE may not earn the MBA concentration in Supply Chain Management.)

Alternatively, you may elect courses from our extensive list of graduate business courses.  Students may count up to 3 credits in non-business graduate courses or Business Internship (BI 500, 506, or 560) toward the MBA electives with the approval of the Graduate Programs Office.

MSE-ISE Core Courses (4 courses/12 credits)  

IMSE 501
IMSE 511
IMSE 514
IMSE 580

Human Factors and Ergonomics
Design and Analysis of Experiments 
Multivariate Statistics 
Production and Operations Management

MSE-ISE Electives or Optional Concentration (4 courses/12 credits)

MSE-ISE concentrations are unofficial.  Students may complete courses from one concentration area or from any combination of the following four areas:

Breadth Requirement

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • Complete no more than 4 AIM, MBA Concentration, and MBA Elective courses (12 credits) in any one discipline.  (This does not apply to courses associated with the MSE-ISE portion of the dual-degree program.)
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 5 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one requirement or concentration in the dual-degree program.

Course Waivers and Transfer Credit

Students may waive ACC 505, BE 530, BPS 516, FIN 531, MIS 525, MKT 515, and OB 510 if they have equivalent courses in an AACSB business program completed within the previous 10 years and have earned at least a 3.2 post-60 GPA (that is, your GPA in courses taken after your first 60 undergraduate credit hours). Students who do not meet these criteria may request to have their courses evaluated for waiver credit at the time of admission. Students must have earned a B or better in equivalent courses as a part of a degree program completed within the previous 10 years.

Regardless of waiver and exemption credits granted, students must earn at least 57 credits in the dual-degree program.

In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for previous equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not been counted toward a degree.

Waivers and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.