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Operations Research

Operations Research

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Operations Research entails completion of rigorous coursework requirements that prepare the student for advanced research and analysis in the field. The doctoral degree is characterized as a research degree with substantial emphasis placed on the completion of the dissertation research. Close interaction between the student and his/her research advisory committee plays a pivotal role in the successful completion of the Ph.D. program. Equally important is the discipline and dedication of the student, as independent study is a critical element for timely completion of the program.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Required: M.S. degree in operations research, mathematics, engineering, statistics, or other highly quantitative area of study. Successful completion of a Master’s thesis is very desirable.

Test Required: GRE - 156V/151Q (within the last five years)

GPA Required: 3.50 (MS); 3.00 (BS)

A baccalaureate-to-doctoral admission may also be granted in some circumstances to applicants who are entering directly from an undergraduate program without a Master’s degree. In such case, the requirement to hold a Master’s degree will be met during the student's Ph.D. program.

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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Outcomes & Objectives

Program Outcomes

  • Graduates will be able to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field

  • Graduates will be able to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the frontiers of knowledge

  • Graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, ethics, and independence of thought and action expected of a scholar

  • Graduates will have extended and effectively communicated knowledge in his or her field

Degree Information

Degree Type: Doctoral


Delivery Method: In-Residence


Degree Requirements

  • Major Coursework (24 hours)
  • Minor Courses (9 hours)
  • Mathematics (8 hours)
  • Dissertation Research (48 hours)
  • Admission to candidacy: One year before graduation
  • In-residence study: Three successive quarters
  • Present dissertation at a public defense

Graduate School Catalog

Faculty Research Areas

  • APPLICATIONS OF ACTIVE AND PASSIVE REMOTE SENSING
  • APPLIED STATISTICS
  • ARTIFICIAL NEURAL NETWORKS
  • CHANGE-POINT MODELS
  • COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS AND OPTIMIZATION
  • DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF EXPERIMENTS
  • FORECASTING
  • FUZZY LOGIC
  • INNOVATION
  • INTEGER PROGRAMMING
  • MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING
  • NEURAL NETWORKS
  • OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT
  • PROJECT MANAGEMENT
  • QUALITATIVE METHODS
  • RELIABILITY
  • RESEARCH METHODS
  • ROBUST DESIGN
  • ROC CURVE THEORY AND EXTENSIONS
  • SCHEDULING
  • SIMULATION
  • SIMULATION MODELING AND ANALYSIS
  • SIX SIGMA METHODS
  • STATISTICAL DATA ANALYSIS
  • STOCHASTIC PROCESSES
  • SURVIVAL/RELIABILITY ANALYSIS
  • ADAPTIVE ALGORITHMS
  • APPLIED MATHEMATICS
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE LEARNING
  • AUTONOMOUS AGENTS
  • BEHAVIORAL MODELING
  • BUSINESS PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
  • COMBAT MODELS
  • COMPLEX OPTIMIZATION
  • COMPLEX SYSTEMS
  • COMPRESSED SENSING
  • COVERING ARRAYS
  • CYBER OPERATIONS
  • CYBER WARFARE
  • DECISION ANALYSIS
  • DECISION SUPPORT
  • DELPHI METHODS
  • DESIGN OPTIMIZATION
  • DEVELOPMENT OF WEATHER SIGNAL PROCESSING ALGORITHMS
  • DIGITAL IMAGE PROCESSING
  • DYNAMIC PROGRAMMING
  • ECONOMICS
  • EMPIRICAL MODELING & ANALYSIS
  • EVOLUTIONARY ALGORITHMS
  • EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN
  • FACILITY LOCATION
  • FLIGHT TEST
  • FORMAL METHODS
  • FUNCTIONAL ANALYSIS
  • GAME THEORY
  • GRAPH THEORY
  • HEURISTIC METHODS FOR OPTIMIZATION
  • HEURISTICS
  • HEURISTICS AND SIMULATION
  • HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGING
  • IMAGE PROCESSING
  • IMAGING
  • INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND SYSTEMS ENGINEERING
  • INFORMATION FUSION
  • INFORMATION OPERATIONS
  • INTRUSION AND ANOMALY DETECTION
  • INVENTORY
  • IRREGULAR WARFARE
  • LARGE-SCALE OPTIMIZATION
  • LINEAR PROGRAMMING, NONLINEAR PROGRAMMING, NETWORK INTERDICTION MODELS
  • LOGISTICS MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS
  • MACHINE INTELLIGENCE
  • MATHEMATICAL PROGRAMMING AND OPTIMIZATION
  • METAHEURISTICS
  • METAREASONING
  • MOBILE AGENTS
  • MOBILITY MODELING
  • MULTI-AGENT SYSTEMS
  • MULTICRITERIA ANALYSIS
  • MULTIDISCIPLARY DESIGN OPTIMIZATION, AIRCRAFT DESIGN, FLIGHT TEST ENGINEERING
  • MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS
  • NUMERICAL ANALYSIS
  • OPTIMIZATION
  • ORTHOGONAL ARRAYS
  • PACKING ARRAYS
  • PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS
  • PATTERN RECOGNITION
  • QUEUING NETWORKS
  • QUEUING SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
  • REENGINEERING
  • RELIABILITY MODELING AND ANALYSIS
  • RESEARCH DESIGN
  • RESPONSE SURFACE METHODS
  • REVERSE LOGISTICS
  • RISK AND DECISION ANALYSIS
  • SIGNAL PROCESSING
  • SOCIAL NETWORK ANALYSIS
  • STOCHASTIC MODELING
  • STOCHASTIC MODELING AND ANALYSIS
  • STOCHASTIC SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
  • SUPPLY CHAIN INTEGRATION
  • SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
  • THEORY OF CONSTRAINTS
  • WAVELET ANALYSIS
  • QUANTITATIVE METHODS
  • DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
  • REGRESSION
  • TEST AND EVALUATION
  • INTEGRATED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS
  • NETWORKS
  • NUMERICAL SIMULATION
  • AIRCRAFT SURVIVABILITY
  • FINANCIAL MODELING
  • PROBABILITY THEORY
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