Graduate School of Engineering & Management

Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The Commander, Air University, is authorized by Public Law 733 of the 83d Congress to confer degrees upon persons who meet all requirements for those degrees as established by AFIT. The Institute is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools through the doctoral level. The Master of Science in Operations Research (OR.MS) program leads to the degree of Master of Science in Operations Research.
The in-residence OR.MS program requires 18 months (6 academic quarters) of full-time study and begins in August of each year; however, part-time study is also possible. The program is directed by the Department of Operational Sciences of the Graduate School of Engineering and Management (AFIT/ENS), 2950 Hobson Way, Bldg 641, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765 (DSN 785-3636 ext. 2549, Commercial 937-255-3636 ext. 2549). 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.
Specific topics of study include mathematical modeling, decision analysis, simulation, statistical analysis, and optimization. The program is continuously reviewed by the users of program graduates, including Headquarters Air Staff, Studies and Analyses, Assessments, and Lessons Learned (HQ USAF/A9, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, and Major Command analysis groups. The program is also open to qualified Department of Defense (DoD) civil service employees and other non-DoD US citizens.
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 61A 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 education code of 0YEY, 0YEA, 0YEC, 0YET, 0YSY, 6EDY, 6EMY, or 6EOY. Army graduates are normally assigned to MAJCOMs, HQ DA, or various joint commands as FA49 or FA57 officers.
Operations Research is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions.  It provides a rational basis 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, equipment, and procedures. Operations Research draws upon ideas from engineering, management, mathematics, and psychology to contribute to a wide variety of application domains; the field is closely related to several other fields in the decision sciences:  applied mathematics, decision analysis, computer science, economics, industrial engineering, and systems engineering. Operations Research is distinguished by its broad applicability, and by the wide variety of career opportunities and work styles it embraces. Within the field, some Operations Research professionals remain generalists while others specialize in particular tools or problem domains.
The educational prerequisite for admission to the OR program is a baccalaureate degree in operations research, mathematics (not math education), engineering, physics, computer science, or quantitative economics, or other quantitative discipline, provided in each case that curriculum includes sufficient mathematics. Mathematics prerequisites include calculus I and II (integral and differential calculus) and an advanced calculus course (e.g. multivariable calculus). The minimum undergraduate grade-point-average (GPA) is 3.00 out of 4.00 for all coursework. All applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); minimum acceptable GRE scores are at least 153 (verbal) and 148 (quantitative) on the Education Testing Service (ETS) 2012 GRE Concordance Table (which is based upon performance of all examinees who tested between 1 August 2011 and 30 April 2012); or at least 500 (verbal) and 600 (quantitative) for GRE tests taken/scored under the old scale ETS used prior to August 2011 test dates.
 Waivers to these requirements can be requested through the AFIT Admissions Office.
Potential applicants may submit a request for evaluation of eligibility at any time. The request should be submitted to the AFIT Admissions Office (AFIT/ENER), 2950 Hobson Way, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 45433-7765 (DSN 785-6234, x3184, Commercial 937-255-6234, x3184). A favorable evaluation by ENER will result in issuance of a “letter of academic eligibility”. Eligible Air Force officers are competitively selected to fill specific program quotas by the Air Force Personnel Center.
Program Educational Objectives (PEOs)
Our Program Educational Objectives (expectations two or more years beyond graduation) are to produce graduates who:

1.  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.

2.  Depth.  Are well educated, highly-valued, and successful logisticians and supply chain experts.

3.  Professionalism.  Professionally communicate technical solutions and results.

4.  Lifelong Learning.  Continue to pursue lifelong multidisciplinary learning.
Program Outcomes (POs)
Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities upon graduation) produce graduates who:

1.  Critical thinking skills.  Can critically analyze situations, information, and data.

2.  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.

3.  Communication skills.  Can effectively communicate to peers, subordinates, and supervisors in a professional manner both orally and in writing.

4.  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.