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M.Sc. In Engineering Systems and Management

M.Sc. In Engineering Systems and Management

The degree of Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management (M.Sc. in ESM) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as a written thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Engineering Systems and associated disciplines. The M.Sc. in ESM is an interdisciplinary program that brings together experts in engineering, design, economics, management and policy to teach and undertake research into large-scale complex systems, and contribute to the process of discovery and knowledge creation through the conduct of original research. The mission of the Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management Program at KUST is to create corporate and government leaders that can effectively deal with global energy and sustainability challenges that involve large scale systems. The M.Sc. in ESM graduates are trained in strategy, industrial operations, operations research, and systems thinking. As such, they will be ideally positioned to take leadership positions in the private or public sector and guide research and implementation of advanced technologies, and optimize the operations and design of complex systems. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Contacts 

Dr. Nelson King

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

 

Prof. Toufic Mezher

Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering

 

 

The Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management program will meet its overarching goals. These goals (objectives) are the same ones that were accredited by CAA in 2010, as the ones to educate its graduates professionally and ethically to be valuable professionals in the UAE and internationally with disciplinary preparation that imparts the following:

1) Ability to identify and respond to complex engineering systems problems (involving technical and socioeconomic components).

2) Ability to apply advanced systems analysis tools in a multi-disciplinary setting in order to bound, plan, analyze, design and implement solutions to engineering systems problems, while advancing professionally and be recognized as leaders in their chosen fields.

3) Understanding of the complex interactions between the engineering system solutions and their implications on larger scale (regional, national, global) technological, economic, societal and environmental systems with a view on long-term sustainability.

4) An understanding of the value of technical and scientific scholarship, service to society, leadership and life-long learning required to further their career aspirations in support of the needs of the community.

Stemming from the overarching goals, the M.Sc. in ESM program aims to fulfill the following set of outcomes:

1) Successfully apply appropriate combinations of advanced concepts of engineering, economics, system theory, management and policy to identify, formulate and address engineering systems problems, and acquire knowledge of contemporary issues in the field of Engineering systems and management.

2) Successfully use advanced system analysis, operations research methodology, data management, and design tools (e.g. optimization, simulation, architecture, statistical analysis, surveys, applied principles and heuristics etc.) to design, develop, implement, integrate and improve systems and processes, and make educated objective decisions.

3) Understand and apply the relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations along with an understanding of and dealing with the stochastic nature of organizational systems.

4) Assess the direct and indirect impact of engineering solutions on sustainable development (e.g., economic, environmental, and social factors) with a focus on engineering systems contemporary issues such as energy and health care delivery systems, while developing an aptitude for continuous improvement.

5) Use appropriate advanced methods to design, conduct and analyze experimental studies and manage data for engineering systems with a strong sociotechnical component.

6) Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team, while conducting research, documenting and defending the research results.

Overall Structure and Requirements

The M.Sc. in Engineering Systems and Management (ESM) program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours. The required program credits are distributed as follows: 12 credits of Program Core courses, 12 credits of Elective courses, and 12 credits of ESM Master’s Thesis work. A student may organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow a specialization track within the broad field of ESM.  In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript.  The table below presents a summary of the M.Sc. in ESM degree program structure and requirements. All the M.Sc. in ESM program courses, with the exception of the Seminar in Research Methods and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

 

Summary of M.Sc. in ESM Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category

Credits Required

Program Core

12

Seminar in Research Methods

0

Technical Electives

12

ESM Master’s Thesis

12

Total

36

 

Program Requirements

Students seeking the degree of M.Sc. in ESM must successfully complete a minimum of 36 credited hours as specified in the categories detailed in this section, with a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.0.

Program Core

The M.Sc. in ESM degree program core requires a minimum of 12 credits, consisting of program core courses, and the research seminar course, which has zero credit rating.  The courses for each one of the core categories are specified below.

 

I.            ESM Core Courses (12 credits):

     It is mandatory for the students to complete the following listed courses:

  • ESMA 603 Systems Optimization
  •  ESMA 604 System Dynamics for Business Policy, Or, ESMA 650 Cost Engineering
  • ESMA 605 System Project Management
  •  ESMA 610 Business Analytics, Statistics for Engineering Systems

II.     ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods

 

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The ESM program electives that students can select from are listed below. Students can select up to 2 elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs at KUST subject to the approval of their research advisor.

-          ESMA 601 System Architecture

-          ESMA 602 Product Design and Development

-          ESMA 607 Management and Entrepreneurship for Engineers

-          ESMA 608 Environmental Policy and Economics

-          ESMA 617 Innovation Creativity Entrepreneurship

-          ESMA 618 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation

-          ESMA 619 Advanced Quality Systems Management

-          ESMA 621 Production, Operations and Inventory Management

-          ESMA 623 Advanced Lean Manufacturing

-          ESMA 633 System Simulation: Modelling and Analysis

-          ESMA 641 Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Networks

-          ESMA 642 Global Supply Chain Management

-          ESMA 643 Warehousing and Distribution

-          ESMA 671 Healthcare Operations Management

-          ESMA 672 Lean Service Systems

-          ESMA 673 Healthcare Information Systems

-          ESMA 694 Selected Topics in Systems and Engineering Management

 

Engineering Systems and Management Master’s Thesis

ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis (12 credits)

A student must independently complete a master’s thesis that involves original research-oriented work within the broad field of ESM, under the direct supervision of at least one full-time ISYE faculty advisor. The outcome of research should demonstrate the synthesis of information into knowledge in a form that may be used by others. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. 

 

Program Tracks and Concentrations

A student may choose to organize the selection of the elective courses and the master’s thesis topic to follow one of the identified concentrations or specialization tracks within the field of Engineering Systems and Management.

 

For the specialization tracks the selected track will be noted on the student’s transcript provided that the student completes:

-         A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the track.

-         A master research thesis within the domain of the track.

 

The tracks identified by the M.Sc. in ESM program and the required courses for each of the tracks are as indicated below.

 

Healthcare Systems Engineering

ESMA 671

Healthcare Operations Management

ESMA 672

Lean Service Systems

ESMA 673

Healthcare Information Systems

 

Manufacturing Systems

ESMA 619

Advanced Quality Systems Management

ESMA 621

Production, Operations and Inventory Management

ESMA 623

Advanced Lean Manufacturing

 

Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation

ESMA 641

Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Networks

ESMA 642

Global Supply Chain Management

ESMA 643

Warehousing and Distribution

 

Concentration in Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TMIE):

The M.Sc. ESM program offers its students the choice to register in the Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TMIE) concentration, which will be noted on the student diploma and transcript upon completion of the concentration and the graduation requirements. To fulfill the course requirements for the TMIE Concentration, students need to successfully complete (in addition to the M.Sc. in ESM requirements); The TMIE 3 program elective courses (9 credits), fulfilled by taking the courses listed below, also the M.Sc. thesis field of research should be relevant to the general area of Technology Strategy and Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and should count for 6 credits out of the thesis 12 total credits. Thus, the total TMIE course requirements are 15 credits (9 credits coming from courses and 6 credits from thesis). 

 

-         ESMA 618 Managing Technology and Innovation

-         ESMA 607 Management and Entrepreneurship for Engineers

-         ESMA 617 Innovation and Creativity in Technology Organizations

-         ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis

 

Concentration in Space Systems and Technology:

The concentration will be reflected on students’ diploma and in the official transcript. The objective of this program is to foster the advanced research areas in space science and technology for the development of the UAE national space program and provide the space industry with human resources and infrastructure. In addition to the course requirements listed under the Space concentration technical elective courses, students’ thesis must include challenges and scientific research opportunities in space science and technology as well as relevancy to designing, building, and testing a small satellite.

Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the M.Sc. in ESM program are shown below. Each student is expected to select the courses in consultation with her/his academic advisor.

 

Typical Study Plan for Full-Time Students

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • ESMA 603 (Core)
  • ESMA 605 (Core)
  • ESMA 610 (Core)
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • ESMA 604 or ESMA 650 (Core)
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 2

  • Elective course 3
  • Elective course 4
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis

 

 

Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students

 

Semester 1

Semester 2

Year 1

  • ESMA 603 (Core)
  • ESMA 610 (Core)
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
 
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 2

  • ESMA 605 (Core)
  • Elective course 3
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
 
  • ESMA 604 or ESMA 650 (Core)
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis

Year 3

  • Elective course 4
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
 
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis