Program Overview

The Master of Science in Operations Research degree program provides indepth studies in applied mathematics used for problem-solving and making optimal decisions. Students are able to look at real-world problems and develop a mathematical model that typically includes an objective or goal that is maximized or minimized and a set of constraints. New and existing methods aid the student in reaching optimal or near-optimal solutions that typically provide much improved benefits over the previous state of the system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Mostly Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)


    Students will need to come to campus for one oral examination.

    Application requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college, with a GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 hours
    • Documentation including official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and statement of objectives
    • GRE scores
    • TOEFL scores (if applicable for international students)

    School Overview

    Kansas State University offers master’s degrees in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical and software engineering; engineering management; and operations research. All courses are available online. K-State’s engineering master’s degree programs are designed for engineers with bachelor’s degrees who are seeking to advance in the engineering profession through graduate-level studies. Students can complete the program without traveling to the Kansas State University campus, though programs may require a campus visit after all coursework is completed so the final exam can be conducted with the student’s graduate committee. K-State also offers an engineering graduate certificate and minor that can be completed online.


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