A student must be admitted to one of the participating programs first. After the student joins the participating program, he/she should fill out the application form found in the Admissions section of the Operations Research website and submit it to the Chair of the Operations Research Program.
To qualify for a dual-title degree, students must satisfy the requirements of the graduate major programs in which they are enrolled, in addition to the minimum requirements, or their equivalent, in the Operations Research (OR) program. Students must enroll in OR 590 Colloquium for at least 1 credit in each year enrolled in the program and in residence.
For the Master dual-title degree in OR, the minimum requirements are:
- 6 credits in stochastic/statistical methods, including a minimum of 3 credits in stochastic processes and 3 credits in statistical methods.
- 6 credits in optimization, including a minimum of 3 credits in linear programming
- 3 credits in computational methods
- 3 credits in applications/specialization.
The minimum number of credits for Master students is 18 credits of OR approved classes, if a thesis is required for the completion of the program. All Master students that choose a non-thesis option are required to take a minimum of 24 credits. It is the prerogative of the graduate major program to assign the 6 additional credits to one or more of the following categories: stochastic/statistical methods, optimization, computational methods, or applications.
A minimum of 9 credits must be in the 500 series. Particular courses may satisfy both the graduate major program requirements and those in the OR program. A list of courses that will satisfy the OR course requirements can be found in the graduate program office and in the OR Website
If a thesis is required for the completion of the student’s master program, the supervisor must be a member of the Graduate Faculty recommended by the chair of the program granting the degree and approved by the OR committee as qualified to supervise thesis work in operations research. The reader of the thesis must be an OR faculty member external to the student’s major program.