Department of Operational Sciences

Department of Operational Sciences
Program Details

Master's Degree Programs
Current as of: 01/15/2014

Degree Type: MS

The Department of Operational Sciences offers two thesis-based Master's degree programs for academically qualified students. Specific details regarding each program are provided in the links below.

 

Programs

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management (MS)
  • Operations Research (MS)


Research Specialities

  • Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  • Operations Research Areas

 Logistics and Supply Chain Management - (M.S.)

The Degree

Requires six (6) academic quarters of study
Program commences each August
Degree Objectives


The Graduate Logistics and Supply Chain Management (LSCMGT) program provides students with the opportunity to learn and exercise state-of-the-art management knowledge and tools to solve defense acquisition and logistics problems. The curriculum includes courses in statistics, operations research, organization and management theory, inventory systems, transportation and strategic mobility, maintenance and production management, financial management, and economics. In addition, students have the opportunity to pursue a systems view of logistics management, or to specialize in a specific area such as acquisition logistics, transportation management, or supply management. All graduates of the LSCMGT program shall be equipped to:

Communicate effectively (oral and written).
Understand and apply the concepts, methods, and tools related to planning, directing, and controlling resources (people, material, equipment, and funds) in a logistics context.
Analyze the impacts of changes in the defense transportation network on other functional areas within the total defense logistics system
Understand and apply acquisition logistics and integrated logistics support concepts to affect weapon system life cycles.
Comprehend the role of the general logistician in the DoD and Air Force for planning, acquiring, distributing, supplying, and maintaining weapon systems.
Conduct and present methodical research to solve problems and support decisions.
Program Graduates


Active duty and military-affiliated graduates are well grounded in course work related to follow-on assignments within the logistics career field (21XX for Air Force officers) as well as other duties in support of weapon systems acquisition and sustainment at the base, major command (MAJCOM), and higher levels. For Air Force military/civilian employees, the output academic degree codes are 1AMJ (acquisition logistics), 1AMY (logistics management), 1AMS (supply management), 1ATY (transportation management), 1CBF (petroleum management), 1AMM (maintenance management), and 1AMN (nuclear logistics management). Generally, the 1AMS, 1AMY, and 1ATY students are in the Operational Logistics (OL) track, the 1AMM students are in the Operational Maintenance (OM) track, the 1CBF students are in the Petroleum Management (PM) track, the 1AMJ students are in the Life Cycle Logistics (LC) track, and the 1AMN students are in the Nuclear Logistics (NL) Management track. Civilian graduates are well prepared for any career or position requiring a high level of expertise in logistics and supply chain theory and problem application.

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Our Program Educational Objectives (expectations two or more years beyond graduation) are to produce graduates who:

Breadth. Apply foundational logistics concepts and sound analytical principles to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, DoD, and other employer logistics and supply chain management capabilities.
Depth. Are well educated, highly-valued, and successful logisticians and supply chain experts.
Professionalism. Professionally communicate technical solutions and results.
Lifelong Learning. Continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning.
Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities upon graduation) produce graduates who:

Critical thinking skills. Can critically analyze situations, information, and data.
Problem solving skills. Can formulate problem statements, ascertain and collect the relevant data, and utilize the correct methodology in order to both delineate and solve problems in the real world.
Communication skills. Can effectively communicate to peers, subordinates, and supervisors in a professional manner both orally and in writing.
Logistics specific knowledge. Have developed a thorough understanding of the logistics, mobility, and supply chain discipline as required to make strategic level managerial decisions in the logistics area.

Admission Criteria and Procedures

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score of 1100 with a minimum of 500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score of at least 550.
Mathematics through college algebra with a grade of C or higher.
Waivers to the above criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.
Curriculum


View the complete LSCMGT Program Guide
View the LSCMGT Program requirements
View a sample LSCMGT curriculum

Contact Information

Visit the Admissions Website
Email Admissions Office Counselor
Call Admissions Office Counselors: 1-800-211-5097 ext: 3184
For further information on the Logistics and Supply Chain Management program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:


Dr. William A. Cunningham, LSCMGT Program Director


Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology


AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice: (937) 255-6565 x4283, DSN 785-6565 x4283


Email Professor Cunningham

 

 

Operations Research - (M.S)


Degree Objectives

The purpose of the program is to educate qualified military members and US citizen civilians in the theory and practice of operations research, with emphasis on the application of quantitative analysis techniques to defense decision-making. Operations Research aims to provide rational bases for decision making by seeking to understand and structure complex situations and to use this understanding to predict system behavior and improve system performance. Much of this work is done using analytical and numerical techniques to develop and manipulate mathematical and computer models of organizational and operational systems composed of people, machines, and procedures.

Areas of Study

In addition to the core requirements, all GOR students must develop in-depth knowledge in at least one specialty area. The specialty sequence requirement consists of at least three courses selected from one of the listed specialty areas.

Deterministic Operations Research
Probabilistic Operations Research
Simulation
Decision Analysis
Applied Statistics
Information Operations / Operations Warfare (IO/OW)
Operational Modeling
Curriculum

Course Lists for areas of study
OR MS sample curriculum
Complete Program Guide

Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)

Our Program Education Objectives (expectations two or more years beyond graduation) are to produce graduates who:

Breadth. Apply foundational operations research analysis techniques to efficiently and effectively advance Air Force, DoD, and other government inter-agency organizations, as well as other employer capabilities.
Depth. Are well educated, highly-valued, and successful operations research analysts.
Professionalism. Professionally communicate technical analytical assessments, solutions, and results.
Lifelong Learning. Continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning.
Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduates who:

Critical thinking and problem solving skills. Have the ability to classify, formulate, and solve operations research problems.
Operations research specific knowledge. Have knowledge of operations research areas such as probabilistic modeling, applied statistics, mathematical programming, simulation, and decision analysis to directly support decision and policy making activities.
Communication Skills. Develop written and oral communications skills necessary to present complex problems to a decision-making audience: problem definition, modeling methodologies, including solution advocacy that utilizes rigorous analytical support.
Typical Graduate Placement

Air Force Officer graduates are typically assigned to analysis groups at the Pentagon, MAJCOM headquarters, AFMC product centers, or other DoD agencies. Non-operational Air Force officer graduates normally carry a 61S3A specialty code (analytical scientist) while operational officers come from the pilot, navigator, missile, and communications career fields. The program leads to the award of an Air Force academic specialty code of 0YEY, 0YEA, 0YEC, 0YET or 0YSY. Army graduates are normally assigned to MACOMs, HQ DA, or various joint commands as FA49 officers. Civilian graduates are well prepared for any position requiring application quantitative analysis techniques to decision making processes.


Admission Criteria

A bachelor’s degree or equivalent in operations research or math (not math education), engineering, physics, computer science, or quantitative economics, provided in each case that curriculum includes sufficient mathematics, as noted below.
A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores with minimum of 500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative)
Calculus I & II (integral and differential calculus) and an advanced calculus course (e.g. multivariable calculus).
Waivers to the above criteria will be considered on a case by case basis.
Contact Information

Visit the Admissions Website
Email Admissions Office Counselor
Call Admissions Office Counselors: 1-800-211-5097 ext: 3184
For further information on the Operations Research program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:

Dr. J. O. Miller, GOR Program Director

Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice: (937) 255-6565 x4326, DSN 785-6565 x4326

Email Professor Miller
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