Master of Science in Production and Operations Management

Global Production, Digital Transformation in SCM and Logistics

In an increasingly competitive environment where products must meet equally high quality standards 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, sustainability, and quality.

Focus Points of Production and Operations Management

  • Industry 4.0: Smart factories & digitalization in production (IoT)
  • Supply network management and supply chain optimization
  • International production & distribution networks
  • Virtual Engineering (from CAD Systems to CAx)
  • Prescriptive analytics & operations research
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Autonomous robotics
  • Sustainable production & logistics
  • Data-driven engineering

Key Facts

  • Structure: Part-time (but enrolled as a fulltime student)
    10 modules x 2 weeks in Karlsruhe + master thesis in the company or at a KIT institute
    • 5 Engineering Modules: Technological expertise
    • 5 Management Modules: Leadership know-how
  • Duration: Approx. 20 months (modules 14 months + master thesis 9 months)
  • Language: English
  • Degree: Master of Science (M.Sc.) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), 90 ECTS
  • Start: Every year in October
  • Application deadline: There is none. We have a rolling application process.
  • Costs: detailed information on our costs and fees webpage
    • 36,000.00 € (thirty-six thousand Euro) for the entire Master´s program 
  • Admission requirements: First academic degree (e.g. Bachelor, Master or Diploma), at least 2 years professional experience, English language proficiency. Find more here.
  • Accreditation: by aaq


Set the agenda for innovation, automation, optimization, and globalization

The master's program Production and Operations Management is divided into 5 engineering and 5 management modules of 2 weeks each, over a period of 15 months. The 10 modules are followed by a master thesis written in the company (9 months), often used as an innovation project for the company. The overall duration is approx. 20 months.

Engineering Modules Management Modules
  • Data-driven Engineering & AI
  • Model-driven Digital Engineering
  • Operations Management for Supply
    Chain Networks
  • Networks of Supply & Production Systems
  • Global Production and Distribution Systems (elective module)
  • Autonomous Robotics (elective module)

Preparatory Courses*:

"Probability and Statistics"

  • Marketing & Data Science
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Innovation & Projects
  • Strategy & People
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Characteristics of our Master´s program Production and Operations Management

The Master in Production and Operations Management enables engineers to analyze, understand, and manage operations of a manufacturing or service organization, especially in a global context. The program focuses on efficient and sustainable production and logistics processes, information technology, and human factors. It includes crucial topics such as  Participants are qualified to optimize 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.

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

  • Manufacturing industry (e. g. automotive, machinery, equipment)
  • Process industry
  • Logistics suppliers
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Business successors

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.

Potential job roles include:

  • Supply chain manager
  • Operations manager
  • Distribution manager
  • Purchasing manager

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

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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

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

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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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*Preparatory Course

Crash Course “Probability and Statistics”: Participants without experience in the field of probability are highly recommended to take part in the Crash Course “Probability and Statistics” taking place from October 28 to November 8, 2024. Thanks to the blended learning format you can schedule the courses yourself within these two weeks. You have an exchange with the lecturer during video meetings in order to prepare yourself optimally for the start of your studies.

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.