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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans
Program Director
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans

Head of Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL), KIT

Prof Nickel
Program Director
Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel

Head of Institute of Operations Research (IOR), KIT


Master in Production & Operations Management (POM)

Design & operation of production systems and supply chain is undergoing a change. Driven by new technology, as reflected by i4.0, and the industrial internet, and the education and experience of the past is no longer sufficient, to guide your company through the required changes. Master these with POM and aquire the necessary competences, bridging the gap between up-to-date theory and advanced technologies.

Hot Topics in POM

Hot Topics in Production and Operations Management

  • Industry 4.0: Smart factories & digitalization in production (IoT)
  • Supply network management (operational/ strategic & tactical, SNP, APS, BOM)
  • Quality management: QM methods along the value chain
  • Smart manufacturing & automation with industry 4.0
  • International production & distribution networks
  • Computer science & lifecycle management for engineers
  • Virtual Engineering (from CAD Systems to CAx)
  • Operations Research: Integer/ linear/ nonlinear/ dynamic programming & finding near-optimal solutions

Content Summary

Production and Operations Management

The Master in Production and Operations Management enables engineers to analyse, understand, and manage operations of a manufacturing or service organization, especially in a global context. The program focuses on production processes, information technology, logistics, and human factors. Participants are qualified to optimize the the efficiency of value-added processes within the operation of production and service systems.

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International Cooperation

Production and Operations Management

China is becoming more and more important in the context of global manufacturing. Therefore, one of the Engineering Modules of the Master Program Production and Operations Management is held at the KIT China Branch in cooperation with the Global Advanced Manufacturing Institute (GAMI) and the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center (AMTC) as well as Tongji University.

China Module Week 2016 (short report)


Modular Structure of the Master Program

The content of the Master Program is divided into 10 modules:

5 Management Modules presents broader knowledge in management know-how and 5 Engineering Modules provides deeper knowledge in technological topics.


Crash Course:

  • Participants without experience in the field of probability have to take part in the Crash Course “Probability and Statistics” taking place from November 13 to November 14, 2020.

We highly recommend all applicants to participate in the courses to update the technical knowledge, as it might be the crucial factor for a successful degree at HECTOR School.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Fundamentals in Production and Operations Management
  • IT Support of Production Systems
  • Methods of Operations Management
  • Networks of Supply & Production Systems
  • Global Production and Distribution Systems
  • Crash Course: "Probability and Statistics" (preparatory modules)
More information (PDF)
  • Marketing & Information
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Innovation & Projects
  • Strategy & People
     More information (PDF)


FAQ Relating COVID-19

Applying: The application process will be proceeded as usual with some hygiene requirements: personal interviews will take place online for the moment.

Studying: Currently, we assume that the next intake will start regularly in October 2020.
In any case you can be sure that we will keep you updated and you will receive the excellent quality you can expect from HECTOR School and the KIT.

Find here always updated information: Updated FAQ COVID-19

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Target Group

Target Group

Future engineering executives in production and/or logistics or plant engineering. Typical lines of business may be, e.g.:

  • Machinery and equipment industry
  • Process industry
  • Automotive industry and automotive suppliers


Career Perspectives

Production technology and supply chain topics shape the future of the manufacturing industry. Major developments in the context of Industry 4.0 require highly qualified engineers with comprehensive knowledge of state-of-the-art technology and methods to successfully realize innovative concepts. Only a multidisciplinary approach can meet the requirements of today's interconnected flow of data, products, and money in production and logistics.

Alumni Voices

Now more than ever, we recognize that our economy is truly global. The challenges before us will not be overcome utilizing thinking of the past. Companies which prevail in today’s business climate will be those rich in new ways of management thinking, and ideas. HECTOR School embodies international and cultural reach – aligned to our global marketplace, as well as, combines theory with practice – resulting in a new way of management thinking, and techniques to foster excellence. HECTOR School taught me how to think differently as a manager, and provided me with tools to support current and future successes of my company.”

David J. Judge, HECTOR School Graduate POM
Mubea North America

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


  • University degree in a relevant subject
  • Professional experience (at least 1-2 years) & current employment
  • English proficiency

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Program Structure

The Master Program is splitted in 5 Engineering and 5 Management Modules of 2 weeks, each over a period of 15 months. The modules are followed by a master thesis written in the company (POM: 9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

>>>Admission statutes (german PDF)<<<


Academic Calendar Intake 2020

Download: Academic Calendar Intake 2020 (PDF)

HECTOR School Timetable Intake 2020 POM

HECTOR School Campus

HECTOR School Campus

The HECTOR School modules take place in Karlsruhe on the campus of the International Department. It contains seminar rooms, accommodation facilities and is situated directly next to the KIT campus and in the center of the city.


KIT Campus & Infrastructure

KIT Campus

As the Technology Business School of the KIT, the HECTOR School benefits from the extensive university infrastructure of the worldwide renowned research and educational institution.

KIT Teaching Quality

KIT Campus 2

The HECTOR School offers top-level teaching derived from state-of-the-art research at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Numerous institutes and departments of the KIT are involved in the HECTOR School Master Programs ESEM: