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.
|Required core courses||16 SH||16 SH||16 SH||16 SH|
|Elective courses||16 SH||12 SH||8 SH||0 SH|
|MEIE 6800 Technical Writing||N/A||0 SH||0 SH||N/A|
|MEIE 6850 Research Seminar in|
Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
|N/A||0 SH||0 SH||N/A|
|Project/thesis||N/A||4 SH||8 SH||N/A|
|Leadership courses||N/A||N/A||N/A||16 SH|
|Minimum semester hours required||32 SH||32 SH||32 SH||32 SH|
* Updates to the Operations Research MS Curriculum
The M.S. programs' student learning outcome is
- The ability to use basic engineering concepts flexibly in a variety of contexts.
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