Master in Production and Operations Management (part-time)


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Program Description

The design & operation of production systems and supply chain is undergoing a rapid change. Driven by new technology, as reflected by industry 4.0, connected industries and the industrial internet, and the education and experience of the past are no longer sufficient, to guide your company through the required changes. Master these with Production and Operations Management and acquire the necessary competencies, bridging the gap between up-to-date theory and advanced technologies.

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 production processes, information technology, logistics, and human factors. Participants are qualified to optimize the efficiency of value-added processes within the operation of production and service systems.

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

Program content

  • 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


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 Courses

  • Participants without experience in the field of probability have to take part in Crash Courses.

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

  • 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

Management Modules

  • Marketing & Information
  • Finance & Value
  • Decisions & Risk
  • Corporate Innovation and Intrapreneurship (at ESADE, Barcelona)
  • Strategy & People

Specific Admission Requirements

First university degree in:

  • Logistics
  • Information technology
  • Industrial engineering
  • Mechanical engineering
  • or a related subject

Basic knowledge in:

  • Higher mathematics or stochastic

Basic knowledge in one of the following fields:

  • Production engineering
  • Automation engineering
  • Extraction technology
  • Logistics or manufacturing engineering

Under certain circumstances, other degrees may be accepted (e.g. depending on professional experience).

English requirements

English language proficiency is required, e.g. English as mother tongue or test certificate (e.g. TOEFL score of at least 570 PBT; 230 CBT; 90 iBT or IELTS at least 6,5 points) or appropriate proof of C1 level.

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.

Last updated Feb 2020

About the School

The HECTOR School of Engineering and Management, named after Dr. h. c. Hans-Werner Hector, the co-founder of the software company SAP, is the Technology Business School of the worldwide known Karlsruh ... Read More

The HECTOR School of Engineering and Management, named after Dr. h. c. Hans-Werner Hector, the co-founder of the software company SAP, is the Technology Business School of the worldwide known Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Read less