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GRE scores are required of all applicants. These averages may serve as a guide (Verbal 491, Quantitative 735, Analytical 4.0).
Master of Operations Research (MOR)
The Master of Operations Research (MOR) is designed to prepare students for careers as OR practitioners in either the private or the public sector. The MOR degree requires completion of 31 credit hours in OR and OR-related courses.
Master of Science in Operations Research (MSc)
The Master of Science in Operations Research (MSc) is designed to prepare students for careers as research and development engineers in industry, or for matriculation into Ph.D. programs in Operations Research. The MSc degree requires a minimum of 31 credit hours and completion of a thesis.
Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research, Ph.D.
The Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Research (Ph.D.) is intended for students with outstanding abilities and strong research interests and is designed to prepare them for careers as research scientists in government, industry or academia. To obtain this degree the student must complete a minimum of 72 credit hours (54 credit hours if the student already has a master’s degree from another institution), successfully complete a written qualifying exam and an oral preliminary exam, write a dissertation, and successfully defend the dissertation. The written qualifying examination is conducted once a year by a committee of OR faculty members appointed by the director(s) of the OR program. Both the preliminary oral exam and the final defense are conducted for each student separately by the student’s Academic Advisory Committee.
Master of Science
Three OR courses are required to minor in operations research as part of a Master of Science degree. If an OR course is cross listed with other departments, a student is required to register using the OR prefix.