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Master of Science in Operations Research

Operations Research deals with the application of scientific methods to decision making. Students learn how to develop and solve mathematical and computer models of systems using optimization and statistical methods. OR graduates work in a wide variety of fields, such as: transportation, supply chain operations, communications and computer operations, manufacturing, finance and health care. The OR program at NU is offered jointly by the MIE Department and the Mathematics Department, thus achieving a unique balance of theory and application.

The MS in Operations Research can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program. 

The minimum semester hours required by students to complete this degree are listed below. Typically full-time students are able to complete these requirements in about two years, however it might take longer if the student completes a thesis or participates in co-op.

Degree RequirementsCourse-Only
Required core courses16 SH16 SH16 SH16 SH
Elective courses16 SH12 SH8 SH0 SH
MEIE 6800 Technical WritingN/A0 SH0 SHN/A
MEIE 6850 Research Seminar in
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Project/thesisN/A4 SH8 SHN/A
Leadership coursesN/AN/AN/A16 SH
Minimum semester hours required32 SH32 SH32 SH32 SH
Learning Outcomes

The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is

  • The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.

Program Coordinator

  • Deterministic operations research and multi-criteria optimization; facility location; supply chain, transportation and logistics; wireless sensor network lifetime maximization with sink mobility; network design for maximum survivability