Operations Research | NC State University

What is Operations Research?

Operations Research (OR) is a discipline that involves developing and applying advanced analytical methods to aid in making complex decisions. OR provides the means for making the most effective systems design and operation decisions. The strength and versatility of OR stem from its diagnostic power through observation and modeling and its prescriptive power through analysis and synthesis.

The Operations Research Graduate Program at North Carolina State University is an interdisciplinary graduate program offering both Masters and Ph.D. degrees.

Preparing for a Career in Military Operations Research?

Learn more about Military Operations Research at NC State

  • The Military Operations Research Group at NC State includes US active duty and military veterans from all Services and our allies.
  • Students work on a variety of real-world problems. See our recent projects.
  • Develop skills in concentrations such as Logistics, Data Science, and Health Care Improvement.
  • We understand active duty student timelines and develop individual advising plan to support student success.
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In the Spotlight

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OR Invites YOU to Volunteer!

Volunteering time – your most valuable resource – allows you to make a difference in someone’s life. You can give back to your OR community, help a program that helped you, and improve the education of future operation researchers. Besides, it just feels good to volunteer!

So, what is stopping you? We know you may have questions, so we made a FAQ to address your concerns.

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Alumni Resources Program

Partnering with the ISE Department, OR has launched our Alumni Resources Program. The mission of our program is to provide you, our alumni, with resources that will benefit you throughout your career. These resources include:

Whether you are looking to gain a competitive edge in your career or interested in networking with ISE and OR alumni faculty and students, the Alumni Engagement Program can help.

Fitts-Woolard Hall is the new home of the Operations Research Program

Fitts-Woolard Hall is the NEW Home of OR

The passage of Connect NC in March 2016, brings us closer to putting our faculty, staff, and students together with top businesses and government agencies on Centennial Campus which serves as a model for the ideal 21st-century research campus. Fitts-Woolard Hall will be the fourth academic engineering building on Centennial Campus. It will sit between the Hunt Library and Engineering Building I.

  • It will measure 227,000 square feet
  • It will house more than 100 classrooms and state of the art laboratories
  • The estimated cost is $154 million

Broaden Your World

Student Organizations: Choose from our student organizations or other Engineering student organizations to network and learn outside the classroom.

Co-op Experience: Gain hands-on job experience while pursuing your degrees, and get paid for it, through the Cooperative Education Program.

Study Abroad: Engineering is a global enterprise. Many employers are looking for graduates with second languages and international exposure. Study Abroad can make that happen.

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Giving

Donations help OR evolve and keep pace with the latest technology. It gives our students the skills and sense of responsibility they need to make a difference in the world. Consider supporting the department today.