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 (MSc in ESMA) is awarded for successfully completing the requirements of a program of study, which includes taught courses as well as thesis. The thesis is an independent investigation of specialized areas within the general field of Engineering Systems and associated disciplines. The Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management (MSc in ESMA) is an interdisciplinary field 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. Research may be undertaken in several topics corresponding to the areas of focus identified by the University.

Career Opportunities

The mission of the MSc in Engineering Systems and Management Program at Khalifa University is to create corporate and government leaders that can effectively deal with global engineering, and sustainability challenges that involve large-scale systems. The MSc in ESMA Program graduates are trained in strategy, industrial operations, operations research, data analytics and engineering management, and systems thinking. As such, they are 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. The career prospects for ESMA students include UAE Ministries; Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and Semi-Governmental institutions; airlines industry; industrial sector; logistics and transportations sector, health care industry; and major engineering consulting firms. Graduates also go through rigorous training and research experience to help them pursue their studies at PhD level.

Program Educational Objectives

The Master of Science in Engineering Systems and Management Program will meet its overarching goals (objectives) 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Stemming from the overarching goals, the MSc in ESMA 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.

The MSc in Engineering Systems and Management (ESMA) 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 ESMA 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 ESMA. In such cases, the track will be noted on the student’s transcript. The table below presents a summary of the MSc in ESMA degree program structure and requirements. All the MSc in ESMA program courses, with the exception of the Research Seminar and the Master’s Thesis, have a credit rating of three credits each.

Summary of MSc in ESMA Degree Program Structure and Requirements

Category Credits Required
Program Core 12
Technical Electives 12
ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods 0.0
ESM Master’s Thesis 12
Total 36

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

ESMA Core Courses (12 credits):

Students must complete the following four core courses (12 cr.) as well as ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 cr.):

  • 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
ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods (0 credits)

Program Electives

Students must complete a minimum of 12 credits of electives. The list of electives that students can select from includes any core courses not used to meet the ESMA Core requirement above as well as those listed below. Students can also select up to two elective courses (6 credits) from other M.Sc. programs in the College of Engineering at KU 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 Engineering Systems and Management
ESM Master’s Thesis

ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis (minimum 12 credits)
A student must complete a master’s thesis that involves creative research-oriented work within the broad field of ESMA, under the direct supervision of a main advisor, who must be a full-time faculty in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department, and at least one other full-time faculty who acts as co-advisor. The research findings must be documented in a formal thesis and defended successfully in a viva voce examination. Furthermore, the research should lead to publishable quality scholarly articles.

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, optional concentrations or specialization tracks within the field of Engineering Systems and Management.

Program Tracks

For the optional 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 MSc in ESMA program and the required courses for each of the tracks are as indicated below.

Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation
ESMA 641 Supply Chain, Logistics and Transportation Networks
ESMA 642 Global Supply Chain Management
ESMA 643 Warehousing and Distribution
Manufacturing Systems
ESMA 621 Production, Operations and Inventory Management
ESMA 623 Advanced Lean Manufacturing
ESMA 619 Advanced Quality Systems Management
Healthcare Systems Engineering
ESMA 671 Healthcare Operations Management
ESMA 672 Lean Service Systems
ESMA 673 Healthcare Information Systems

Program Concentrations

For the optional concentrations, the selected concentration will be noted on the student’s diploma (certificate) and transcript provided that the student completes:

  • A minimum of 9 credits from the group of courses designated by the concentration.
  • A master research thesis within the domain of the concentration.

The concentrations identified by the MSc in ESMA program and the required courses for each of the concentrations are as indicated below.

Technology Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TMIE)
ESMA 607 Management and Entrepreneurship for Engineers
ESMA 617 Innovation and Creativity in Technology Organizations
ESMA 618 Managing Technology and Innovation
Space Systems and Technology
SSCC 601 Spacecraft Systems and Design
SSCC 602 Space Systems Lab 1 (2 cr.)
SSCC 603 Space Systems Lab 2 (2 cr.)
SSCC 604 Space Systems Lab 3 (2 cr.)
Study Plan

Typical study plans for full-time and part-time students enrolled in the MSc 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
  • ESMA 605
  • ESMA 610
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • ESMA 604 or ESMA 650
  • Elective course 1
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 2
  • Elective course 2
  • Elective course 3
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective course 4
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
Typical Study Plan for Part-Time Students
Semester 1 Semester 2
Year 1
  • ESMA 603
  • ESMA 610
  • ENGR 695 Seminar in Research Methods
  • Elective course 1
  • Elective course 2
Year 2
  • ESMA 605
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
  • ESMA 604 or ESMA 650
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
Year 3
  • Elective course 3
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis
  • Elective 4
  • ESMA 699 Master’s Thesis