Dual Degree, MBA/MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering

The MBA/MSE-Industrial Systems Engineering has been carefully developed to meet the increasing 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, and you may enroll on a full- or part-time basis.

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September, January, or May. 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 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.

Admission Prerequisites

Master of Business Administration

  • Mathematics admission prerequisite

MSE in Industrial and Systems Engineering

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

MBA/MSE Curriculum

MBA Core Courses
ACC 505Devel & Interp Financial Info3
BE 530Econ Analysis: Firm & Consumer3
BPS 516Corporate Social Responsibility3
FIN 531Fin Fundament & Value Creation3
ISM 525Computer and Info Systems3
MKT 515Marketing Management3
OB 510Organization Behavior3
MBA Applied Integrated Management (AIM)
International AIM Course:
Select one course from:3
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
International Financial Mgt
Global Marketing
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
AIM Capstone:
BPS 535Strategic Planning and Decision Making3
General AIM Courses:
Select two courses from:6
Managerial Decision Making
Business Disruption in the Digital Age: Machine Learning, Platforms, and the Crowd
Organizational Dysfunction and Wealth Effects
Firm Value and Market Reactions
Managing Strat Innov & Change
MBA Electives or Optional Concentration 19
Complete 9 credits from at least one of the available concentrations (Accounting, Business Analytics, Finance, Healthcare Management, Human Resources Management, International Business, Information Systems Management, Marketing, Supply Chain, Management), or choose at least three elective courses (9 credits).
ISE Core
IMSE 501Human Factors & Ergonomics3
IMSE 511Design and Analysis of Exp3
IMSE 580Prod & Oper Engineering I3
ISE Track Options/Courses
Students must complete four courses from one or more of the ISE Track Options below.12
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Human Factors and Ergonomics Track
AENG 546Vehicle Ergonomics II3
IMSE 534Human Performance Engin in Mfg3
IMSE 545Vehicle Ergonomics I3
IMSE 546Safety Engineering3
IMSE 548Res.Meth.Human Fctrs/Ergonomic3
IMSE 577Human-Computer Interaction3
IMSE 593Vehicle Package Engineering3
Operations Research and Management Science Track
IMSE 500Models of Oper Research3
IMSE 505Optimization3
IMSE 514Multivariate Statistics3
IMSE 5205Eng Risk-Benefit Analysis3
IMSE 5215Program Budget, Cost Est & Con3
IMSE 559System Simulation3
IMSE 586Big Data Aanal & Visuliztn3
IMSE 605Advanced Optimization3
IMSE 606Advanced Stochastic Processes3
Integrated Design and Manufacturing Engineering
Quality Systems Design Track
IMSE 513Robust Design3
IMSE 519Quan Meth in Quality Engin3
IMSE 561Tot Qual Mgmt and Six Sigma3
IMSE 567Reliability Analysis3
Advanced Manufacturing and Automation Track
IMSE 504Metal Forming Processes3
IMSE 538Intelligent Manufacturing3
IMSE 5655Supply Chain Management3
IMSE 581Prod & Oper Engineering II3
IMSE 5825Industrial Controls3
Information Systems
Information Systems Management Track
CIS 527Computer Networks3
IMSE 553Software Engineering3
IMSE 556Database Systems3
Enterprise Information Systems Track
IMSE 555Decision Support/Expert Sys3
IMSE 564Applied Data Analytics and Modeling for Enterprise Systems3
IMSE 570Enterprise Information Systems3
IMSE 5715Modeling of Int Info Syst3
IMSE 5725Object Oriented System Design3
IMSE 5755Bus Proc Int using Entrpr Tech3
Program Management and Product Development
EMGT 580Mgt of Prod and Proc Design3
IMSE 515Fundamentals of Program Mgt3
IMSE 516Project Management and Control3
IMSE 517Managing Global Programs3
Total Credit Hours57-66

Up to three graduate credits may be elected from units other than the College of Business. Elective courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Advisor in advance of course election.

Courses may not be taken off campus except by prior permission of the Academic Standards Committee. Permission is granted only in the case of unusual, extenuating circumstances.

Program Details

Breadth Requirements

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • Complete no more than four AIM, MBA Concentration, and MBA Elective Courses (12 credits) in any single discipline. This does not apply to courses associated with the MSE in 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 505BE 530BPS 516FIN 531, ISM 525MKT 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.

MBA Concentrations

Concentrations are optional, and students may earn more than one. Some concentrations are available online; others require campus enrollment. Concentrations are awarded at the time of graduation.


Available on campus

Choose any three graduate ACC courses beyond ACC 505.

Business Analytics   

Available only on campus

DS 570Management Science3
Choose two from the following:6
Applied Forecasting
Decision Analysis
System Simulation
Data Mining for Business Appl
Total Credit Hours9


Available online and on campus

Select one course from:3
Topics in Corporate Finance
Invstmnt Proc, Analysis & Mgmt
Select two courses from:6
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
Topics in Corporate Finance
Corporate Valuation & Strategy
Invstmnt Proc, Analysis & Mgmt
Derivatives & Risk Management
Topics/Investments & Cap Mkts
Banking, Insurance, and Fintech
International Financial Mgt
Fixed Income Securities
Investment Fund Management
Total Credit Hours9

Human Resource Management

Available only on campus

Human Resource Management
Choose two of the following:6
Compensation and HR Analytics
Legal Issues in Managing People
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
Total Credit Hours9

International Business

Available online and on campus

Select three courses from:9
Global Econ: Crisis & Growth
International Financial Mgt
Global Marketing
Intrnatl Dimensions of Managmt
Supply Chain Management
Total Credit Hours9

Information Systems Management

Available on Campus

Choose any three ISM graduate courses other than ISM 525.


Available on campus

Advanced Marketing Management
Select two courses from:6
Sales Management and Personal Selling
Graduate Marketing Research
Understanding Customers
Advertising and Promotion
Global Marketing
Graduate Seminar (In order for BA 691 to be an option, it must be a marketing topic. )
Total Credit Hours6

Supply Chain Management

Available on campus

OM 571Supply Chain Management3
Select two courses from:6
Supply Chain Analytics
Supply Chain Logis Mgmt
Product Dvlpmnt & Tech Mgmnt
Lean & Six Sigma
Strategic Sourcing
Total Credit Hours9

BA 605     Managerial Decision Making     3 Credit Hours

This course covers the findings of research on behavioral decision making as they apply to managerial decision making. You will learn how the human mind works, what it is particularly good at and not so good at, and what the implications of this are for managerial decision making. The course will help you make better decisions and understand the potential shortcomings of the decisions made by your colleagues, competitors, collaborators, and customers. Topics include human cognition, overconfidence, heuristics and biases in decision making, bounded awareness, framing, preference reversal, motivational and emotional influences on decision making, escalation of commitment, expertise in decision making, and fairness and ethics in decision making. We will apply the research on behavioral decision making to a wide variety of problems in various domains of business, study how applications of information systems can mitigate limitations of the human mind, and apply our knowledge of the way the human mind works to develop an understanding of ways to improve managerial decision making. Students interested in careers in a wide variety of business professions will find the knowledge and skills gained in this course to be useful in their professional endeavors.

Prerequisite(s): BE 530 and (MIS 525 or ISM 525) and OB 510 and (DS 520 or IMSE 510 or IMSE 514)

BA 690     Graduate Research     1 to 3 Credit Hours

To provide masters candidates with the opportunity to undertake a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. The research topic is chosen by the student, in consultation with a faculty member in the appropriate discipline. Written approval must be obtained at least two weeks prior to registration on a form available in the Graduate Office. The request must include a comprehensive description of the proposed research project, as well as a time line for the project's completion.

Can enroll if Class is Graduate
Can enroll if College is Business

BA 691     Graduate Seminar     1 to 3 Credit Hours

Topics Course. To provide masters candidates with an opportunity for study of selected advanced topics in particular fields. Topics vary. See Schedule of Classes for current offerings. May be elected more than once if topics differ.

Prerequisite(s): (MIS 525 or MIS 502) and (MKT 515 or MKT 610)

Can enroll if Class is Graduate

BA 691A     Graduate Seminar     3 Credit Hours

Topic: The Internal Revenue Service. This course introduces the student to the structure, organization, practices and procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. The course is intended to give students an understanding of the organizational makeup of the Internal Revenue Service and the authority of its various employees. The different approaches to resolving tax controversies will be explored through the study of assigned readings and in-depth class discussions. The course will be conducted in a seminar-like fashion with each student expected to make significant contributions to class discussions. Attentiveness to news items affecting the area of federal tax procedures is expected, as well as conveyance to class of these newsworthy developments. This course is appropriate for MSA? Tax Concentration students.

*An asterisk denotes that a course may be taken concurrently.

Frequency of Offering

The following abbreviations are used to denote the frequency of offering: (F) fall term; (W) winter term; (S) summer term; (F, W) fall and winter terms; (YR) once a year; (AY) alternating years; (OC) offered occasionally