MSOR Curriculum

The MSOR Program requires the completion of 30 points on a full or part time basis. Students may start in the Fall or Spring semesters. The MSOR Program offers six concentrations, including: (1) Financial and Managerial Applications; (2) Business Analytics; (3) Entrepreneurship and Innovation; (4) Logistics and Supply Chain Management; (5) Optimization and (6) Applied Probability.

To facilitate with academic programming, students should complete a program plan to be reviewed by their advisor. All courses are for 3 credits, unless stated otherwise.

Required Core 
IEORE4004 Optimization Models and Methods (First term)
IEORE4150 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (First term)
IEORE4106 Stochastic Models
IEORE4404 Simulation  

Required Electives
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 Law School. Courses taken from the School of Professional Studies 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 E4150/STAT GU4001IEOR E4004, IEOR E4106 and IEOR E4404). 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 the Program.


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