Operations Research (OR) is the analysis–usually involving mathematical treatment–of a process, problem, or operation to determine its purpose and effectiveness and to gain maximum efficiency.
Students electing the OR dual-title degree program through participating programs at Penn State earn a degree with a dual title at both the Ph.D. and the M.S., M.A., or M.Eng. levels, i.e., Ph.D. in (graduate program name) and OR, or M.S., M.A., or M.Eng. in (graduate program name) and Operations Research.
The following graduate programs offer dual-title degrees in OR: Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Animal Science; Business Administration; Civil Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Economics; Educational Leadership; Energy, Environmental, and Food Economics; Energy and Mineral Engineering; Entomology; Forest Resources; Geography; Geosciences; Hospitality Management; Industrial Engineering; Mathematics; Mechanical Engineering; Statistics; and Workforce Education and Development.