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Future Students and Parents

Last Updated: 06/13/2024 | All information is accurate and still up-to-date

Welcome future students and parents to NC State’s Operations Research Program (OR). Unlike many universities, our OR program is a joint graduate program. It is shared by NC State’s Colleges of Engineering and Sciences and the Poole College of Management.

Our faculty teaches OR courses, supervises OR students, and administers the program. They come from engineering, sciences, management, forestry, and textiles.

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About Our Program

Operations Research activities began at NC State in 1963, first as a couple of courses, then as a minor.

The OR Program became “official” on January 16, 1970. Since then, OR has stood as a separate degree-granting graduate program. It admits its own students, establishes its own academic requirements, and awards its own degrees.

What is Operations Research?

Operations Research and Management Sciences (OR) uses scientific methods to study systems that require human decision-making.

OR is interdisciplinary, drawing from and contributing to many fields, including mathematics, engineering, economics, and the physical sciences.

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We prepare you for jobs in industry, service, consulting, and government organizations. You will also be ready for advanced study at top engineering, business, and management universities.

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Living in Raleigh

Raleigh, NC, consistently ranks as one of the top five places to live and work in the country. Furthermore, the city enjoys moderate weather with an average temperature of 71°F. Additionally, you’re only two hours from the beach and three hours from the mountains. Raleigh welcomes families and individuals, offering a well-educated workforce and a diverse, multicultural environment. As a result, this vibrant city provides a high quality of life and many opportunities for everyone. Consequently, many people find living in Raleigh the ideal way to settle down and thrive.

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Campus Life

As an operations research student at NC State, you will experience excellent academics and campus life. The University offers a great place to make new friends, join clubs, and participate in activities while getting a top-quality education.

First, the hub for student activities is the new Talley Student Union, a state-of-the-art foundation for student life. Whether you’re a fan in the stands, a player on the field, or a student looking for a good workout, NC State has you covered. Additionally, with hundreds of year-round arts programs, you have the tools and facilities to bring your ideas to life, as well as a supportive community of fellow creators.

Furthermore, NC State offers student housing options ranging from traditional residence halls to campus-based village communities to on- and off-campus apartments for upperclassmen and graduate students.

Moreover, NC State Dining has options to fit every appetite. From quick-service eateries and all-you-can-eat dining halls to familiar fast-food chains, specialty cafes, and even food trucks, there is something for everyone.

Current Ph.D. Students

Our Ph.D. students and their research are transforming operations research and management sciences. Our graduate program develops students with excellent skills and strong research interests. It prepares them for careers as research scientists in government, industry, or academia.


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Parent and Family Services

NC State’s Office of Parents and Families Services works to nurture relationships between parents, families, and their NC State students. They offer various events, programs and discounts only to the parents and families of NC State students.