MS in Operations Research

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The Master of Science in Operations Research program (30 points) is designed to enable students to concentrate their studies in methodological areas such as mathematical programming, stochastic models, and simulation. The department offers a variety of domain specific courses in areas including logistics, supply chain management, revenue management, financial engineering, risk management, entrepreneurship, and general management.

MSOR degree candidates are required to satisfy a core program of graduate courses:

IEOR E4004: Intro to OR: Deterministic Models
IEOR E4106: Intro to OR: Stochastic Models
IEOR E4404: Simulation
SIEO W4150: Introduction to Probability and Statistics (can be waived if the student has the right background in probability and statistics)

All students must take at least 18 points of graduate work in the IEOR Department (denoted by courses with the IEOR, CSOR, ECIE, SIEO designations) and at least 30 points of graduate studies at Columbia. In addition to courses within the engineering school, students can also take electives from various schools within the university, such as Columbia Business School, the School of International and Public Affairs, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Law. Courses taken from the School of Continuing Education will not be counted towards the M.S. degree (i.e. courses with the following prefixes: ACTU, BUSI, COPR, IKNS, SUMA, FUND, and more).

The Department requires that students in the Program achieve grades of B- or higher in each of the fundamental core courses (IEOR E4004 and IEOR E4106). Poor performance in these courses is indicative of inadequate preparation and is very likely to lead to serious problems in completing the Program. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative GPA equivalent to a B- during every term enrolled. Students failing to meet these criteria may be asked to withdraw from his/her Program.

The Department suggests a number of elective courses and five optional concentrations depending on areas of interest.

To facilitate with academic programming, students should complete a program plan to be reviewed by their advisor.


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