Smooth moves: get a degree in making processes flow better
Cut waiting times for surgery. Streamline supply chains. Fine-tune airline routes. In Canada’s first and only Management Engineering program, you’ll learn to analyze how organizations operate and apply engineering skills to increase their efficiency.
Over the course of your degree, you’ll develop expertise in data analytics, information systems, operations and supply chain management, and organizational behaviour. You'll also have the opportunity to gain paid work experience through co-op.
By graduation, you’ll have the know-how to design and manage complex systems, optimizing the flow of energy, materials, people, and information. And you’ll find no shortage of companies looking for your skills: in software, finance, supply chain management, health care, manufacturing, and more.
Management Engineering admission requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Chemistry (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Physics (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
Admission averages: Individual selection from the mid- to high 80s
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First-year courses and beyond
September to December
January to April
- MSCI 100B - Seminar
- ENGL 192/SPCOM 192 - Communication in the Engineering Profession
- GENE 123 - Electrical Circuits and Instrumentation
- MATH 118 - Calculus 2 for Engineering
- PHYS 125 - Physics for Engineers
- MSCI 121 - Introduction to Computer Programming
- MSCI 131 – Work Design and Facilities Planning
After first year
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Sample upper-year courses
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Business analyst
- Data scientist
- In-field data collection analyst
- Supply chain logistics
- Business systems analyst
- Product management associate
- SQL application developer
- Technical business analyst
Sample co-op employers
- Canadian Tire Corporation
- Oculys Health Solutions
- Blueprint Software Systems
- Grand & Toy
- Manulife Financial
What can you do with a degree in management engineering?
Graduates often pursue careers in software development, big data analysis, and industrial engineering. They commonly work for research centres, technology companies, and more.
- Senior Manager, Digital Strategy – RBC Wealth Management
- Software Developer, Lead – Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
- Technology Solutions Professional – Microsoft Canada
- Supply Chain Analyst – Weston Bakeries
- Technical Consultant – Bentley Canada
- Growth Hacker – Gumstix
- Investment Research Analyst – Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
Possible professional designation
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Common questions about the program
What is the difference between Management Engineering and a business program?
In a typical business degree program, you concentrate more on business functions such as accounting, finance, sales, human resources, and marketing and earn credits to qualify for professional designations such as Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
In contrast, Management Engineering provides more focus and greater depth in science, mathematics, and engineering design and deals with identifying and solving the problems that organizations face when deciding how to make better products and how to run the business more efficiently and effectively. As a Management Engineering graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for a professional engineering (PEng) designation.
Nevertheless, you’ll take a number of courses – required and electives – that may traditionally be found in business programs, covering topics such as economics, finance, organizational behaviour and design, management of technology, and entrepreneurship.
What is the difference between Management Engineering and Software Engineering?
Software Engineering applies computer science and engineering to design software systems. You’ll take lots of computer science and computer engineering courses at the interface of digital hardware and software, as well as core software engineering courses on software development.
In contrast, management engineers design, implement, and manage complex management systems. Increasingly, those management systems are implemented as software and information systems. Therefore, information/software systems design comprises a major theme area in Management Engineering, with a number of courses in computer science, software engineering, and information systems.
As a Management Engineering student, you’ll learn to solve large real-world problems of businesses and organizations that are implemented in software. As a Software Engineering student, you’ll earn to solve a wide range of software problems including low-level systems programming.
What is the difference between Management Engineering and Industrial Engineering?
According to the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers, industrial engineers design processes and systems that improve quality and productivity by eliminating waste of time, money, materials, energy, or other commodities. There are some similarities between management and industrial engineering programs, including a significant overlap in the type of courses in the two programs. In fact, management engineering could be considered a contemporary industrial engineering program.
While the Management Engineering curriculum has a large overlap with many industrial engineering programs at other universities, there are two main differences.
- Industrial engineering programs vary in the extent to which they include information/software systems design. Waterloo’s Management Engineering program has a very strong information/software systems component, with perhaps the largest concentration of such courses than most industrial engineering programs in Canada.
- Where industrial engineering has traditionally focused on the application of engineering methods to improve manufacturing and industry-related processes, management engineering broadens that focus to include other domains such as finance, business intelligence, health care, and information management.
Do I take classes with students from other engineering programs?
In general, you’ll likely be with the same students for most courses throughout the program. Usually, we’re able to schedule all of the Management Engineering students to be in the same classes. In later years, as you begin to take electives, you’ll likely find yourself in classes with students from other engineering programs.
What is the ratio of males to females in the program?
Each cohort of students is different, but females typically make up 40-50% of the students in Management Engineering. The first-year Management Engineering class in 2019 was about 46% female.
Student life, including Women in Engineering
Student design teams
Have fun and develop hands-on experience through one or more of our 20+ student-led design teams! Design teams include rocketry, concrete canoe, robotics, solar car, submarine racing, autonomous vehicle, Space X Hyperloop, Formula Motorsports, Engineers Without Borders, and more.
You’ll meet people with similar interests and goals, benefit from networking with experts in the engineering profession, and develop some great skills for your résumé.
Women in Engineering
Women in Engineering (WiE) supports female students and engineers while encouraging the next generation of women to pursue careers in engineering. Regardless of gender, orientation, or background, you’re welcome to join this inclusive community to participate in outreach events as well as mentorship and volunteer opportunities.
Any student is also welcome to join Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (WiSTEM), a student-run club that promotes equality in STEM through skills workshops, discussions, and guest speakers.
Engineering Society (EngSoc)
EngSoc is run by students for students and provides many social and academic events and services to make your experience as a Waterloo Engineering student the best it can be.
Benefit from mentoring for first-year students or get involved and meet other students through an annual conference, semiformal, career fair, charity events, community outreach, and much more!
Our campus is packed with opportunities to get involved – no matter how unique your interests. Between our 250+ student-run clubs, sports and recreation opportunities, student government, and events, student life at Waterloo has something for everyone.
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