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.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Our Program Education Objectives (expectations two or more years beyond graduation) are to produce graduates who:
Program Outcomes (POs)
Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities) produce graduates who:
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.
For further information on the Operations Research program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:
Dr. James W. Chrissis, 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 x4606, DSN 785-6565 x4606