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Overview of the MTE master curriculum

The Master in Management, Technology and Entrepreneurship is a highly selective 120 credits program which includes 3 semesters of courses and a 6-month master project carried out in the industry.

The curriculum of the MTE master is mainly in English and consists of:

  • Core courses (28 credits)
  • Disciplinary minor (30 credits)
  • Choice between 3 orientations (20 credits)
  • Electives (12 credits)
  • Master project in the industry (30 credits)

Full details about the courses are available in the current study plan.

Core courses (28 credits)

The core courses provide the students with substantial strengths and depths in conceptual and analytical foundations of management, and with solid quantitative methodological competences.

Examples of courses:

  • Applied Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • Introduction to Econometrics
  • Principles of Finance

Disciplinary Minor (30 credits)

In order to get additional expertise in their original technological domain, the MTE master students must complete a “disciplinary minor” in the field of their bachelor.

The disciplinary minor includes 30 credits of master level courses which are chosen in the study plans of the other EPFL sections.

Students who already hold a technical master degree will have to do the minor in Systems Engineering or a transdisciplinary minor (to see the offer, please visit the study plans & rules page).

Orientations (20 credits)

The orientations provide the students with more specific competences in one of the three main areas of management.

Orientation “Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship”
The goal of this orientation is to develop competences in managing the innovation processes within firms.

Examples of courses:

  • Strategic Marketing & Technology Commercialization
  • Entrepreneurship & New Venture Strategy
  • Technology & Innovation Strategy

Orientation “Operations Management & Systems Modeling”
The goal of this orientation is to develop competences in managing and improving industrial processes through quantitative models.

Examples of courses:

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Operations: Economics & Strategy
  • Quantitative Systems Modeling Techniques

Orientation “Business Analytics”
The goal of this orientation is to harness the power of big data to generate insights for improving business performance.

Examples of courses:

  • Data science for business
  • Network Analytics
  • Optimal decision making

Electives (12 credits)

The elective courses allow the students to round-off their education with courses in three main categories, depending on their preferences and specific future employment goals.

Industry focus – examples of courses:

  • Economics of Innovation & Management in Energy
  • Technology Policy and the Energy Transition
  • Information Technology and e-business Strategy

Skill augmentation – examples of courses:

  • Leading and Managing in a Global Context
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • Presentation Skills

Particular interest – examples of courses:

  • Practical business law
  • Global Business Environment

Master project (30 credits)

Carried out in the industry, the master project gives the students the opportunity to put into practice the methodological and technical competences acquired during their studies and to show their ability to work independently.

The specific content depends on host firm and project topic.

Section MTE Office Hours

Odyssea Building
Office 3.18
Tuesday to Thursday from 8.30AM to 11.30AM
Phone: +41 21 693 01 22
[email protected]