Master of Science in Production and Operations Management
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)
- Prescriptive Analytics & Operations Research: Integer/ linear/ nonlinear/ dynamic programming & finding near-optimal solutions
- 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: 7,500 Euro tuition fee per semester (based on a regular 2-years study period).
- Admission requirements: First academic degree (e.g. Bachelor, Master or Diploma), at least 1-2 years work 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 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.
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Program Content & International Lectures
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.
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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Program Structure & Academic Calendar
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.
Download the Academic Calendar Intake 2023 (PDF)
Content Overview & Learning Targets
Order now our so called "Content Overview and Learning Targets" (COLT) to get a better understanding into the content of your favoured Master Program. You will get an overview over
- 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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Economic Sector & Career Perspectives
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.
"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 & Admission Statutes
- University degree in a relevant subject
- Professional experience (at least 1-2 years) & current employment
- English proficiency
Detailed description of all admission requirements
Download here the statutes for admission (German PDF) to the Master's program in Production & Operations Management.
Program Directors & Faculties
Prof. Dr. Stefan Nickel
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:
- Department of Marketing
- Institute of Economic Policy Research
- Institute of Finance, Banking and Insurance
- Institute of High Frequency Technology and Electronics
- Institute of Industrial Production
- Institute of Information Law
- Institute of Information Processing Technology
- Institute of Applied Business Studies and Management
- Institute of Applied Informatics and Formal Description Methods
- Institute of Economic Theory and Statistics
- Institute of Industrial Information Technology
- Institute of Materials for Electrical Engineering
- Institute of Micro- and Nanoelectronic Systems
- Institute of Photonics and Quantum Electronics
- Institute of Product Development
- Light Technology Institute
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Program Director Prof. Nickel gives insights.
Crash Course “Probability and Statistics”: Participants without experience in the field of probability have to take part in the Crash Course “Probability and Statistics” taking place from October 31 to November 11, 2022. 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.