The Master of Science in Operations Research teaches students how to develop and solve mathematical and computer models of systems using optimization and statistical methods.
1.5 – 3 Years
Duration of Program
Meets F1 Visa Requirements
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 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department and the Mathematics Department, thus achieving a unique balance of theory and application.
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Applications received after the stated deadline dates will be accepted and processed as quickly as possible; however it may not be possible to have a decision rendered in time for the applicant to begin taking classes for the desired term if admitted.
Applications submitted by the referenced dates will receive full consideration for the referenced term. Applications received after the referenced dates will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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In 2019, the Graduate School of Engineering placed nearly 1000 students in co-op positions. We have a team that prepares students for the cooperative education experience through resumé building, developing interview skills, and guiding professional development.
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Associate Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
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