Master of Science in Operations Research
Columbia University in the City of New York

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Operations Research program prepares students to develop and use mathematical and statistical models to help solve problems in the operations of industrial firms, financial institutions, health care organizations, transportation systems, energy and resources, and government.  The curriculum prepares students to work as problem formulators and solvers through the formation of mathematical models of systems and the analysis and prediction of consequences of alternate modes of operating the system.  The analysis learned may involve mathematical optimization techniques, probabilistic and statistical methods, experiments, and computer simulations.


  • Must possess a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics with a minor in mathematics, or other related field from an accredited academic institution. Students should posess a strong mathematics background (three terms calculus, one term ordinary differential equations required; one term linear algebra recommended)
  • A 3.0 GPA
  • GRE
  • Three recommendation letters
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • A personal-professional statement

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education