Early Registration Tips

Below are some frequently asked questions regarding early registration. We have compiled a list of tips to assist you during your registration process.  

  1. When can I register? After registration, can I adjust my courses?
  2. Do I need to register for recitation sessions?
  3. I would like to register for classes outside of the IEOR Department (such as Statistics, Economics, etc.). When can I do so?
  4. I am interested in taking MSE electives from the Business School. May I?
  5. Why are some courses closed to my program?
  6. How many credits or courses should I register for?
  7. A course is full or restricted. How can I add the course?
  8. I have not submitted my immunization paperwork (MMR) and cannot register. What should I do?
  9. Where can I find course descriptions?
  10. I'm in the MSOR and MSIE Program, should I waive IEOR E4150?
  11. Can I waive IEOR E4004 and IEOR E4106?
  12. I'm in the MS&E Program, can I waive IEOR E4101?
  13. I'm in the MSOR, MSIE or MS&E Program, can I take IEOR E4523 Data Analytics for OR without IEOR E4522 Python for OR?
    What is this course schedule for IEOR E4522 Python for OR that starts in August during orientation?
  14. I would like to add/to take IEOR E2261 Intro to Accounting and Finance. May I?
  15. I would like to take IEOR E4106 and IEOR E4700 together. Is this a good idea?
  16. If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

1.       WHEN CAN I REGISTER? AFTER REGISTRATION, CAN I ADJUST MY COURSES?

Early Registration Period: August 2 to August 11

Regular Registration Period: August 29 to September 15

Classes start on Tuesday September 5.  During the early and regular registration periods, you may add and drop courses as you wish.  After September 15, you may no longer add additional courses.  Dropping courses after September 15 will lead to additional financial burden and potential violation of the F-1 status.

2.       DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR RECITATION SESSIONS?

No. Recitation sessions are review sessions – they are not mandatory, and you do not need to register for them. You are encouraged to attend in order to receive tutorials. They are listed for your information only.

3.       I WOULD LIKE TO REGISTER FOR CLASSES OUTSIDE OF THE IEOR DEPARTMENT (such as STATISTICS, ECONOMICS, ETC.). WHEN CAN I DO SO?

You may register for non-IEOR Departmental courses starting August 30. During the early registration period (August 2 – August 11), you may only register for IEOR courses because this is a special privilege we are granting to IEOR students only.  Students who fail to adhere to the course restriction policy by registering for courses other than those listed above will be penalized. If you violate this policy, as a penalty, we may have to drop ALL of the courses to which you register, including your IEOR courses.

During this early registration period, you are ONLY allowed to register for:

  • IEOR courses (Industrial Engineering and Operations Research courses)
    • Example: IEOR E4004
  • IEOR courses in conjunction with another department

4.       I AM INTERESTED IN TAKING THE MSE ELECTIVES FROM THE BUSINESS SCHOOL. MAY I?

There are three Management Science & Engineering electives from the Business School offered in the Fall 2017 term:

  • DROM B8107-060/061 Service Operations Management
  • DROM B8116-060 Risk Management
  • DROM B8131-060 Sports Analytics
  • DROM B8150-060/061 Managerial Negotiations
  • DROM B8816-001 Quantitative Pricing & Revenue Analytics, 1.5 credits
  • DROM B8858-060 Data-Driven Entrepreneurship

During the early registration period, MS&E students are permitted to enroll in the four courses above and MSFE students are permitted to enroll in DROM B8116-060 only. MSOR and MSIE students are limited to (1) of the four during regular registration starting August 29.

5.       WHY ARE SOME COURSES CLOSED TO MY PROGRAM?

There are a few restricted courses.  Some examples are:

  • IEOR E4004 Section 001 - MS&E core course, for MS&E Program students only.
  • IEOR E4004 Sections 002 and 003 - MSOR and MSIE core course, for MSOR and MSIE Program students only.
  • IEOR E4007, IEOR E4701 and IEOR E4706 – MSFE core courses, for the MSFE Program students only.
  • IEOR E4111, IEOR E4101 – MS&E core courses, for the MS&E Program students only.
  • IEOR E4500 Applications Programming for FE – FE elective, will open to all IEOR students on August 29. 
  • IEOR E4522 - MSOR and MSIE elective, will open to MS&E students on August 29.
  • IEOR E4523 - MSOR and MSIE elective, will open to MS&E students on August 29.
  • IEOR E4721 - MSFE Program students only.
  • DROM B8000-060 - MS&E Program students only.

6.       HOW MANY CREDITS OR COURSES SHOULD I REGISTER FOR?

Full time enrollment is equivalent to 12 credits (four 3-credit courses). International students under the F-1 visa must maintain full time enrollment. We recommend that you select a minimum of four courses during the early registration period. ENGI E4000 carries zero credits but is required for students interested in participating in the IEOR on-campus recruiting program. IEOR E4721 and DROM B8000-060 also carry zero credits and are required primer courses for MSFE and MS&E Program students respectively. The Department limits registration to fifteen (15) points per term for first year graduate students; if you exceed this limit, your registration may be adjusted automatically.

7.       A COURSE IS FULL OR RESTRICTED. HOW CAN I ADD THE COURSE?

If the course is full, you need to wait until seats are made available. You may add yourself to the waitlist. Seats often become available during the first two weeks of classes, as students are “shopping” for courses. If the course is restricted, unfortunately, it is not available for your program; see question #5.

8.       I HAVE NOT SUBMITTED MY IMMUNIZATION PAPERWORK (MMR) AND CANNOT REGISTER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Submit the immunization paperwork immediately in order to register. This is a requirement set by the University. For more information, please review the immunization requirements.

9.       WHERE CAN I FIND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS?

You can find course descriptions on the Department website. 

10.     I'M IN THE MSOR AND MSIE PROGRAM, SHOULD I WAIVE IEOR E4150?

If you have taken a graduate level course in probability and statistics, and feel confident about the material, then you should request a waiver. If not, it is best to take the course to build a solid foundation. IEOR E4150 is a required core course for the MSOR and MSIE program. Unless you have obtained an explicit waiver, you are required to take this course in order to earn your degree.

11.     CAN I WAIVE IEOR E4004 and IEOR E4106?

The Department policy on waiving IEOR E4004 and IEOR E4106 is very strict. If granted a waiver, the Department will ask the student to take the PhD equivalents of the course.   

The PhD level equivalents are more challenging and theoretical, and they are: IEOR E6711 Stochastic Modeling 1 and IEOR E6613 Optimization 1. These courses are 4.5 credits each.

12.     I'M IN THE MS&E PROGRAM, CAN I WAIVE IEOR E4101?

You may request to take a waiver exam in order to be exempt from taking the first half of the probability course. If the exam is passed, you will need to enroll in IEOR E4100 Probability Models Part 2 for 1.5 credits.

In summary: you need to enroll in one of the two courses below:

13a.   I'm in the MSOR, MSIE or MS&E Program, can I take IEOR E4523 Data Analytics for OR without IEOR E4522 Python?

IEOR E4522 Python for OR is pre-requisite for IEOR E4523 Data Analytics. Students interested in the Business Analytics concentration, must have completed IEOR E4522 and IEOR E4523 in order to register for IEOR E4574 Cloud Computing, IEOR E4524 Industry Projects in Analytics and other Business Analytics electives. If you are proficient in Python, you may request to take a waiver exam in order to be exempt from taking IEOR 4522 Python for OR.

13b.   What is this course schedule for IEOR E4522 Python for OR that starts in August during orientation?

Fall 2017 IEOR E4522 Section 002 is an accelerated 1.5 credit course on Python that starts in late August.

  • Wednesday, August 30, 4:30-7PM in room 303 Mudd
  • Thursday, August 31, 4:15-6:45PM in room 303 Mudd
  • Friday, September 1, 12:30-3PM in room 303 Mudd
  • Tuesday, September 5, 1:10-3:40PM - Location TBD
  • Tuesday, September 12, 1:10-3:40PM - Location TBD
  • Tuesday, September 19, 1:10-3:40PM - Location TBD
  • Tuesday, September 26, 1:10-3:40PM - Location TBD
  • Tuesday, October 3, 1:10-3:40PM - Location TBD (Final Exam)

14.     I WOULD LIKE TO ADD/TO TAKE IEOR E2261 INTRO TO ACCOUNTING AND FINANCE. MAY I?

Courses that are 3000-level or below are considered undergraduate level courses. If taken, they will NOT be counted towards the MS degree. The Department recommends that you select 4000-level or higher in order to meet University standards for graduate level education.

15.     I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE IEOR E4106 AND IEOR E4700 TOGETHER.  IS THIS A GOOD IDEA?

Taking IEOR E4106 and IEOR E4700 together means that you feel confident about Stochastic Models, and their applications. If you have never taken a stochastic modeling class, taking these two together is not a good idea.

Same goes for taking IEOR E4106 and IEOR E4404 together.

16.     IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, WHO SHOULD I CONTACT?

We encourage students to post their questions on the class Facebook page, for the benefit of the entire class. Our team will address your questions in the most timely manner on Facebook. Email inquiries will be the slowest method to obtain a response due to high volume. Students must use their Columbia email to contact the IEOR Academic Affairs team. This is to protect your identity.

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