HECTOR School of Engineering and Management

Master of Science in Production and Operations Management

Lead Transformation in Production and Logistics beyond Industry 4.0

In an increasingly competitive environment where the quality of a product is on an equally high level and innovations are disseminating ever faster, a key to success of business units in service and production is the efficiency of the value creating process. Participants of our Master of Science Program Production Operations Management learn to encounter the challenge of striving for global optimum of the value creating chain while maintaining local responsibility for execution, reliability and quality.

Focus Points of Production and Operations Management

  • Industry 4.0: Smart factories & digitalization in production (IoT)
  • Supply network management (operational/ strategic & tactical, SNP, APS, BOM)
  • International production & distribution networks
  • Virtual Engineering (from CAD Systems to CAx)
  • Operations Research: Integer/ linear/ nonlinear/ dynamic programming & finding near-optimal solutions

Set the Agenda for Innovation, Automation, Optimization, and Globalization

The Master's program Production and Operations Management 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 (9 months) and often used as a innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

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) 

  • Marketing & Information
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Innovation & Projects
  • Strategy & People
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Driving chain links of our Master´s Program Production and Operations Management that lead to success

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.

International Cooperation

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 (short report)

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Academic Calendar Intake 2021 POM
Academic Calendar Intake 2021

Program Structure

The concurrently taught Executive Master Program is designed for working professionals. Block lectures scheduled at intervals allow participants to continue with demanding careers while acquiring new skills.

5 Management Modules presents broader knowledge in management know-how, including two modules conveying the universal topic of digitisation and the associated disruptive innovations. The 5 Engineering Modules provide deeper knowledge in technological topics.

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  • Study objectives (e.g. professional qualification for certain activities, scientific work, knowledge of methods)
  • Structure of the study programme
  • Content and definition of courses (sub-areas, focal points)
  • Study plan

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Participant of Productions and Operations Management

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 after Graduation

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 Voice

"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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Academic Requirements

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

Detailed description of all admission requirements

Admission Statutes

Download here the statutes for admission (German PDF) to the Master's program in Production & Operations Management.


Program Directors

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Kai Furmans
Head of Institute for Material Handling and Logistics (IFL), KIT  


Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel
Head of Institute of Operations Research (IOR), KIT


KIT Teaching Quality

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 Program Production and Operations Management: 


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*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.