Student Life and Career Services

How long does it take to complete the MS program?
Students can easily complete the MSOR or IE program in two semesters by taking 15 points (usually five courses) per semester. Students also have the option to complete the program three semesters by taking fewer courses each semester, which costs less per semester, and allows for part-time employment.

Is financial assistance from the department available for graduate studies?
The Department does not offer financial assistance for M.S. students. Departmental financial aid is reserved for support of Ph.D. students. For more information about financial aid, please click here. Interested students may want to also consider applying for a Course Assistantship upon arrival.

Is housing available for accepted graduate students?
Housing questions should be directed to University Apartment Housing. While not guaranteed, all admitted PhD students have been offered housing in the past.

What kind of professional development opportunities are there within the department?
The Department encourages all students to engage in professional development activities including professional etiquette workshops, interview workshops, taped mock interviews, resume workshops, employer presentations, industry speaker events, networking socials, recruiting events, etc. These initiatives are largely sponsored and offered by the IEOR Department and/or the Columbia University Center for Career Education. Please click here for more information.

Where can I find more information about careers after IEOR?
This information, including a listing of companies where our graduates work after graduation, please see the career section for each program: MSFE, MSE, MSOR, and MSIE.

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