Operations Research is the discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions. It provides rational bases for decision making by seeking to understand and structure complex problems 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 OR professionals remain generalists while others specialize in particular tools or problem domains.
Degree Required: 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 as noted below.
Mathematics Required: Calculus I & II (differential and integral calculus) and an an undergraduate course in probability. Strongly preferable but not required are also an advanced calculus course (e.g., multivariable calculus) and coursework in statistics.
Test Required: GRE - 153V/148Q (within the last five years)
GPA Required: Overall - 3.0; Math - 3.0
Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case by case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
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Degree Type: Master's
Delivery Method: In-Residence