The dual MBA/MSE in Industrial and 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 during the fall and winter semesters, and some courses are often available during the summer.

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.



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 - Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
BE 530 - Economic Analysis: Firm and Consumer
BPS 516 - Corporate Social Responsibility
FIN 531 - Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
ISM 525 - Computer and Information Systems
MKT 515 - Marketing Management
OB 510 - Organization Behavior

MBA Applied Integrated Management (AIM)

(4 courses/12 credits in three areas)

  • International Business (3 credits) from: BE 583 The Global Economy: Crisis and Growth, 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 Elective Courses (6 credits) from: ACC 616 Corporate Actions and Reactions, BA 605 Managerial Decision Making, BA 607 Business Disruption in the Digital Age:  Machine Learning, Platforms, and the Crowd, BA 611 Organizational Economics, 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, Business Analytics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Information Systems Management, Marketing, or Supply Chain Management. (Students electing the Information Systems concentration in the MSE-ISE may not earn the MBA concentration in Information Systems Management. Students electing the Operations Research and Management Science concentration 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) toward the MBA electives with the approval of the COB Graduate Office.

MSE-ISE Core Courses

(4 courses/12 credits)  

IMSE 501 - Human Factors and Ergonomics
IMSE 511 - Design and Analysis of Experiments
IMSE 514 - Multivariate Statistics
IMSE 580 - Production and Operations Management

MSE-ISE Electives or Optional Concentration

(4 courses/12 credits)

Four courses may be taken from one concentration area or from any combination of the following four areas. It is understood that this dual degree program will incorporate any future additions to, or modifications of, the current MSE-ISE concentrations:

Industrial and Systems Engineering

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
    • AE 546 Vehicle Ergonomics II (3)
    • IMSE 543 Industrial Ergonomics (3)
    • IMSE 545 Vehicle Ergonomics I (3)
    • IMSE 546 Safety Engineering (3)
    • IMSE 548 Human Factors (3)
    • IMSE 577 User Interface Design and Analysis (3)
    • IMSE 593 Vehicle Packaging Engineering (3)
  • Operations Research and Management Science
    • IMSE 5205 Engineering Risk-Benefit Analysis (3)
    • IMSE 5215 Program Budget, Cost Estimation and Control (3)
    • IMSE 559 System Simulation (3)
    • IMSE 605 Advanced Optimization (3)
    • IMSE 606 Advanced Stochastic Processes (3)

Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering

  • Quality Systems Design
    • IMSE 513 Robust Design (3)
    • IMSE 519 Quantitative Methods in Quality Engineering (3)
    • IMSE 561 Total Quality Management (3)
    • IMSE 567 Reliability Analysis (3)
  • Advanced Manufacturing and Automation
    • IMSE 502 Computer-Integrated Manufacturing (3)
    • IMSE 538 Intelligent Manufacturing (3)
    • IMSE 5655 Supply Chain Management (3)
    • IMSE 581 Production and Operations Management II (3)

Information Systems

  • Information Systems Management
    • IMSE 553 Software Engineering (3)
    • IMSE 556 Database Systems (3)
    • IMSE 557 Computing Networks and Communication (3)
  • Enterprise Information Systems
    • IMSE 555 Decision Support and Expert Systems (3)
    • IMSE 5585 Electronic Commerce(3)
    • IMSE 564 ABAP/4 Programming (3)
    • IMSE 570 Enterprise Information (3)
    • IMSE 5715 Modeling of Integrated Information Systems (3)
    • IMSE 5725 Object Oriented System Design (3)
    • IMSE 574 IS Based Production Planning and Control (3)
    • IMSE 579 Software Integrated Manufacturing and Logistics Management (3)

Program Management and Product Development

  • EMGT 580 Management of Product and Process Design 3 hrs
  • IMSE 515 Fundamentals of Program Management 3 hrs
  • IMSE 516 Project Management and Control 3 hrs
  • IMSE 517 Managing Global Systems

Program Details

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. (For example, you may not use the same course to fulfill both an AIM and a concentration requirement).

Course Waivers and Transfer Credit

Students may waive ACC 505, BE 530, BPS 516, FIN 531, ISM / 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.

Program Goals and Objectives

Master of Business Administration

Goal 1: Students will have an understanding of the core business disciplines and be able to apply this knowledge to global business situations.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of disciplinary concepts, terminology, models, and perspectives.
  2. Identify business problems and apply appropriate solutions (problem-finding/problem-solving).
  3. Integrate knowledge across disciplinary areas (integrative thinking).
  4. Apply knowledge in a global environment.

Goal 2: Students will be effective communicators.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate in a manner that is typically required of a business professional.

Goal 3: Students will appreciate the importance of ethical/corporate social responsibility principles.

Objectives: MBA students will:

  1. Identify and explain alternative approaches to ethical/corporate social responsibility issues.

See also the MSE-Industrial and Systems Engineering program goals

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