Degree structure

Director of degree programme: Assistant Professor Mikko Jääskeläinen

Degree: Master of Science (Technology), 120 ECTS

Abbreviation: IEM

Industrial Engineering and Management as a Field

The Master’s Degree programme in Industrial Engineering and Management (IEM) educates engineers who can develop and lead businesses with an entrepreneurial mindset. The programme combines engineering with economic and human fundamentals to create value and efficiency. IEM studies explore the foundations of business and engineering processes and inspire a systemic, solution oriented engineering mindset to develop business.

The distinctive feature of IEM at Aalto University is its focus on strategic and entrepreneurial leadership in business development, complementing the approaches of classical industrial engineering on developing processes and complex systems. This combination emphasizes the focus on the capability to solve the right problems right, i.e. identify needs, define problems accordingly, and solve them effectively.   The IEM program provides a cross-disciplinary skill set consisting of mathematical, technological, economic, and social competences that focuses on proactive problem solving in value creating processes. In essence, the ethos of IEM studies emphasizes a systemic, solution oriented engineering mindset. Building on these foundations, the program develops strong competencies for the creation and transformation of technology-based business combining strategic, operations, and people perspectives.

Degree structure

The degree consists of a major (45 ECTS), a minor (20 ECTS), elective studies (25 ECTS), and the Master’s thesis (30 ECTS). Master’s Programme in Industrial Engineering and Management offers four majors: Leadership and Knowledge Management, Operations and Service Management, Strategy and Venturing and – organized in cooperation with Aalto BIZ - Strategy. Further, the degree includes a technical minor, chosen from an appropriate field of engineering. Each of these elements are described in detail in this guide. 

Planning and Scheduling of the studies

Each student's major and minor are confirmed in the Personal Study Plan.

In order to support graduation in 2 years, it is important to recognize the critical path. Students are encouraged to choose their major before the 1st year starts. Thereby, the first autumn emphasizes the compulsory courses of the major enabling the research assignment already in the first spring (or the 2nd autumn). The research assignment is a prerequisite for starting the master’s thesis. Although the intensive work takes place in the 2nd spring, preparations for the master’s thesis should gradually start in the beginning of the second year. The choice and timing of the optional and integrative courses of the major should support the progress in the critical path.

During the 1st autumn, students should choose their minor (whether the choice is restricted of free). In the planning and scheduling of studies, students should take into consideration quotas, prerequisite knowledge and the suggested sequence for the courses in the minor. The sooner the choice of the minor is made; the more possibilities a student has to level the overall workload without delaying the graduation. Likewise, planning of a semester in a foreign university becomes easier.

The last element in making the personal study plan is choosing the electives. 

Industrial Engineering and Management Compact Major

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