Master of Science in Operations Research
Kansas State University

Program Details

The online MS in Operations Research degree program from Kansas State University explores an interdisciplinary field of applied mathematics used to optimize decision making. Students learn to use operations research models, which are utilized in nearly every sector of society to conserve money, time, and effort. Graduates are employed in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Airlines
  • Financial Companies
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Consulting Companies
  • Transportation Agencies


Students must travel to campus once at the end of their program for an oral examination.

  • A bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, engineering, mathematics, statistics or business (if the student has emphasized quantitative techniques) with a strong background in applied mathematics including calculus and linear algebra
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in the final two years or approximately the last 60 credit hours
  • A calculus-based probability/statistics course (equivalent to K-State's STAT 510)
  • An introductory operations research course (equivalent to K-State's IMSE 560 or IMSE 680)
  • Some knowledge of computer programming (equivalent to K-State's CIS 200 or CIS 209)
  • A score of 750 (old scoring system)/159 (new scoring system) or above on the quantitative portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Statement of objectives
  • Names and emails of three professional and/or academic references who will provide letters of recommendation
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial transcripts from each institution attended

School Accreditation Statement

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