Graduate Minor in Operations Research

The interdisciplinary Graduate Minor in Operations Research is designed to provide advanced problem solving skills and knowledge in the general areas of operations research and optimization to enable their application to effectively address the present day problems of business, computer science, management science, and engineering.  This program can serve as an effective and focused supplement to existing graduate programs in the participating departments.  The required courses are offered by the participating Departments of Business Information Systems and Operations Management, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science.

Admission Requirements

Students admitted to graduate degree programs in the participating departments and the M.B.A. program who are in good standing, are eligible for the Minor in Operations Research.

Requirements for the Minor

  • Declaration of the minor, preferably by the end of the first semester of graduate study.
  • Formation of a Program Committee: Students who elect to Minor in Operations Research will select a participating faculty member as a member of their regular graduate committee. A list of participating faculty will be available from the coordinator of the Minor in Operations Research.
  • Fulfill the requirements of a participative degree program and complete OPRS 6101/8101 and one course each from two of the following areas, selected with the advice and knowledge of the student's program committee.

Business Information Systems and Operations Management

  • MBAD 6121
  • MBAD 6122
  • MBAD 6141

Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • CEGR 5090
  • CEGR 6181

Computer Science

  • ITCS 6160
  • ITCS 6166


  • ECON 6100
  • ECON 6112

Electrical Engineering

  • ECGR 6111
  • ECGR 6112
  • ECGR 6115
  • ECGR 6116


  • OPRS 5111
  • OPRS 5112
  • OPRS 5113
  • OPRS 5114
  • MATH 5165
  • MATH 7125
  • MATH 7177
  • And topics:  reliability theory, queuing models, variational methods

Students must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA in courses applied to the minor.  Course waivers and transfer credit will be considered on an individual basis.