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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.

Students enrolled in the MS in Operations Research have the opportunity to also pursue one of the many engineering graduate certificate options in addition to or in combination with this program. Students should consult their faculty advisor regarding these options. The MS in Operations Research can be combined with a Gordon Engineering Leadership certificate. Learn more about the benefits of this unique program. 

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; wildfire prediction and mitigation