Management Engineering: Analytics and Engineering for Optimized Performance
Waterloo's innovative management engineering program provides undergraduate students with an engineering education required to understand, design, implement, and manage complex management systems upon which organisations depend.
Management engineers use industrial engineering principles, math, and computer programming to optimise and improve processes in any organisation. By graduation, students have gained a strong background in data analytics, information systems, operations and supply chain management, and organisational behaviour that can take them just about anywhere, from software to finance, supply chain, logistics, health care, and more.
Would you like a program that:
- combines the analytical horsepower of an engineering degree, with business skills for today's technology-based organisations?
- combines the ability to think technically with the flexibility to see a global view of a situation?
- enables you to obtain an engineering degree that has the core management topics built into it?
- widens your career options towards opportunities for managerial positions?
Do you like to:
- solve problems?
- help people?
- improve work environments?
- gather information?
- learn new ways to apply developing technology?
Then management engineering may be right for you!
The management engineering program has the following components:
- A foundation in management, engineering, science, and mathematics
- Specialised courses in our theme areas:
Big data analytics
Operations management and optimisation
Logistics and supply chain management
Software and user experience
People, organisations, and technology
- A capstone design project
- A series of professional development courses (WatPD-Engineering)
In the first year, students develop a strong engineering foundation, taking core courses such as physics, chemistry, calculus, and linear algebra. They also take their first management engineering course, which exposes them to the fundamentals of the program.
In the upper years, students dive deeper with courses that study operations planning and optimisation, data mining and analytics, information systems design, and organisational behaviour and design.
Cap it all off with 2 years of work experience and a fourth-year design project and students end up with a resume that boasts strong technical skills, teamwork, leadership, problem solving, and interpersonal skills - a great start for a career in any industry!
See the degree requirements for more details.
Find out what industry leaders have to say about the management engineering program.
Management engineering is a co-operative education program that provides exciting opportunities for our students to gain hands-on professional experience to complement their academic studies. Employers value this practical experience and work term salaries contribute to help cover the costs of your education.
Management engineering students begin co-op in first year. This means students get paid and gain real world job experience after only 8 months of classes. From your first week on campus, you can access resume critique workshops and mock interviews from the student Engineering Society, and professional development coaching from the Co-operative Education office. By graduation, you'll have 6 work terms under your belt, giving you a serious advantage when applying to full-time jobs. Starting early has its benefits!
To find out more about co-op in management engineering, visit our co-op page.
Management engineers combine the use of analytical methods, information systems and behavioural science to study, analyse and lead projects in a diverse range of organisations. With the dominant emergence and speed of developing computer technologies, information systems, data collection, and analysis, any industry today needs the management engineers of tomorrow.
A wide spectrum of employment opportunities exist in industry, business, governments, universities, non-profit organizations, and wherever corporations and institutions wish to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, productivity, and future planning based on engineering analysis.
Graduates of this program are uniquely qualified to work on interdisciplinary teams that require both engineering and management skills.
Top management engineering career possibilities:
- Management consultant
- Business and data analyst
- Industrial engineer
- Project and product manager
Those interested in pursuing graduate degrees can progress to Masters and PhD programs in Management Sciences, Business, Industrial Engineering, law, or even medicine.
Management engineering compared to other programs
Interested in management engineering but also other programs such as business, industrial engineering, and systems design engineering?
Find out how management engineering compares to other programs.
Management Sciences Option/Accelerated BASc-MASc
How do I get started?
How to apply
Details on how to apply and the admission requirements for submitting your application to the management engineering undergraduate program in the Department of Management Sciences can be found at Faculty of Engineering Application Process.
When to Apply
Admissions timeline and deadlines for Waterloo Engineering programs will give you detailed information on the application process and when you will be expected to submit your application to meet the university application reviews.
Financing your Education
The Faculty of Engineering Financing Your Education page has an excellent breakdown of tuition, estimated expenses, and options for scholarships, awards, and financing your education.
Management Engineering: The engineering of management systems [PDF] - a discussion paper that helps explain Management Engineering
We asked Management Engineering student, Jordan Grant, to help us celebrate our undergraduate program's 10th anniversary: