Degree structure

The CME master program is a two-year, full-time program delivered at three locations within the 4TU.Federation (Eindhoven, Delft and Twente). It includes both core courses and a range of electives, allowing you to create your own tailored program with the support of a personal mentor. You can follow electives at any of the three locations. 

The master program also stimulates students to acquire soft skills such as presentation and writing skills. In the first quarter, you are required to take a skills assessment and discuss the results with your coach to develop a Personal Study Plan (PSP).

Core courses

Covering all important methods and topics, the core courses provide a solid basis for further specialization in the subject. All three locations offer the same four courses, which together account for 30 ECTS credits: 

  • Process management 
  • Project management 
  • Collaborative design & engineering 
  • Legal & governance


In addition to the core courses, you can follow your own specialization path via specialisation electives (35 ECTS) and a master’s thesis (40 ECTS). Your choice of and progress in your master’s thesis is supervised by the responsible chair holder and verified by the Examination Committee. In addition, you must take at least 15 ECTS credits of free electives. The BE (Built Environment) and IE&IS (Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences) departments offer a number of free electives (see table under read more). However, you can also select courses from the 4TU. CME programs at Delft and Twente, and even worldwide.


Research activities for the unit Urban Systems and Real Estate (USRE) are organized in accordance with the DDSS (Design & Decision Support Systems) program. Concerning the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, research activities are combined in the ‘Beta' program (Research School for Operations Management and Logistics).