MSc in Engineering Systems and Management


Program Description

MSc in Engineering Systems and Management

Location: Abu Dhabi

Engineering Systems and Management is an interdisciplinary field that brings together experts in engineering, design, economics, management, and policy to teach and undertake research into large-scale complex systems. The mission of the Engineering Systems and Management Program (ESMP) at Masdar Institute is to create corporate and government leaders that can effectively deal with global energy and sustainability challenges that involve large-scale systems.

ESMP graduates are trained in strategy, operations, and systems thinking. As such, they will be ideally positioned to take leadership positions in the private or public sector and guide research and implementation of alternative energy technologies and policies.

Program Learning Outcomes

Stemming from the overarching goals, the ESMP aims to fulfill the following set of outcomes that are designed to be in accordance with the current ABET Accreditation criteria:

  • Successfully apply appropriate combinations of advanced concepts of engineering, economics, system theory, management and policy to identify, formulate and address engineering systems problems.
  • Successfully use advanced system analysis and design tools (e.g. optimization, simulation, architecture, statistical analysis, surveys, applied principles and heuristics etc) to design, develop, implement, integrate and improve systems and processes that target socio-technical integrated engineering systems.
  • Understand and apply the relationships between the management tasks of planning, organization, leadership, control, and the human element in production, research, and service organizations along with an understanding of and dealing with the stochastic nature of organizational and political systems.
  • Assess the direct and indirect impact of engineering solutions on sustainable development (e.g., economic, environmental, and social factors) with a focus on energy and sustainability.
  • Use appropriate advanced methods to design, conduct and analyze experimental studies for engineering systems with a strong sociotechnical component.
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form, both, individually and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.


ESMP research is aimed at addressing the most urgent sustainability issues faced by public sector agencies, private sector firms and international organizations and NGOs. As such, collaboration with private and governmental agencies as well as other educational institutions (local, regional and international) is a critical aspect of ESMP research.

Masdar Institute students in the ESMP will be exposed to every aspect of research; from initial conception to final proposal writing. Research topics aim to address the most pressing real-world needs that surround the strategic deployment of alternative energy technologies on a regional or global scale. This is demonstrated by the following list of active research areas:

  • Technology strategy in alternative energy and sustainability
  • Innovation systems and development strategies
  • Sustainable transportation and supply chains
  • Electricity generation and transmission networks
  • Lean manufacturing and operations in energy systems
  • Sustainable construction
  • Economic cost and benefits of implementing sustainable development strategies


All students for all programs are required to take four core program courses. In addition, each student must complete the following:

  • Three elective courses from any program with the approval of advisor
  • One university core course – Sustainable Energy
  • 24 credits of thesis work (3 for 1st year Fall; 3 for 1st year Spring; 6 for Summer; 6 for 2nd year Fall; 6 for 2nd year Spring)

Entry requirements

  • A relevant undergraduate degree - undergraduate degrees must be in the fields of science, engineering or information technology
  • CGPA - The minimum required for consideration for admissions is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
  • GRE scores - The minimum score required on the GRE Quantitative is 700 (or 155 on the new scale). There is no cut-off score for the Verbal and Analytical but these scores are also important and evaluated. The GRE exam cannot be waived.
  • TOEFL (or academic IELTS) - The minimum TOEFL score required is 91 (Internet-based) on the international TOEFL. Equivalent paper/computer-based TOEFL is also accepted. The TOEFL can only be waived for native English speakers. The minimum academic IELTS score required is 6.5.
  • High grades and scores are a prerequisite but are no guarantee of admission. Admission standards are in accordance with those of MIT.
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven univers ... Read More

Masdar Institute of Science and Technology is the world’s first graduate-level university dedicated to providing real-world solutions to issues of sustainability. A world-class research-driven university, the Institute focuses on the science and engineering of advanced alternative energy, environmental and sustainability technologies. Read less