Masters in Operation Research

Master of Science
Classroom, Online, Off-site
Hampton Roads, Orlando, Picatinny, Redstone/Huntsville, Virtual Site, Northeast, Aberdeen
Major Code: 8331 Degree Awarded: Master of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission Status: graduate, Extended Studies
Delivery Mode/s: online, classroom, off-site Location/s: Aberdeen, Hampton Roads, Northeast, Orlando, Picatinny, Redstone/Huntsville, Virtual Site,
Admission Materials: GMAT, GRE recommended  

The applicant to the Master of Science in Systems Management - Operations Research degree program must have a bachelor's degree; however, the degree need not be in business administration. Students who are graduates from other fields, especially mathematics, science and engineering, are encouraged to apply. Students with an undergraduate business degree or courses may be able to waive up to 12 hours of the program prerequisites in the program based on an evaluation of their undergraduate academic transcripts. Prerequisite courses are required of a student whose undergraduate major is outside the business area or who has not previously completed the courses in these prerequisite areas. The exact number of needed prerequisite courses depends on courses completed during the student's undergraduate studies. The GRE or GMAT may be required for admission evaluation purposes. General admission requirements and the process for applying are discussed in the Academic Overview of this catalog. Individuals who do not meet the stated requirements for regular admission may petition to take graduate courses for credit as a continuing education applicant.

Degree Requirements

The degree of Master of Science in Systems Management - Operations Research is conferred upon students who have successfully completed 33 credit hours of graduate coursework plus other course requirements as listed on the student's approved graduate program plan. Students without adequate undergraduate background will be required to complete all or part of the program prerequisites. Students may choose elective courses from those listed below.

Students with undergraduate credits for courses that they believe are equivalent to the program prerequisites should consult with their advisor concerning waiver of those prerequisites. 

Program Prerequisite

(noncredit for this program)

  • MTH 1000 Precalculus
    Credit Hours: 4
    Algebra and trigonometry that are used to develop the skills needed in calculus. Required for students who have minimal algebra and/or trigonometry preparation, or whose placement test indicated such a need.
    Passing score on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.

Note: Computer literacy is required as a prerequisite. It can be demonstrated by the applicant's undergraduate coursework, passing a proficiency examination offered by the extended studies department or by completing a suitable computer course.

Required Courses
  • MGT 5006 Introductory Managerial Statistics
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies methods of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for managerial decision making. Includes data presentation, measures of central tendency, dispersion and skewness; discrete and continuous probability distributions; sampling methods and sampling distributions; and confidence interval estimation of parameters and tests of hypotheses.
  • MGT 5013 Organizational Behavior
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers the contributions to management theory made by the behavioral sciences. Gives a better understanding of the human being and why he acts as he does. Studies individual and group behavior. Extensively uses current periodicals and case materials.
  • MGT 5014 Information Systems
    Credit Hours: 3
    Studies information systems design associated with business organizations. Includes development life cycles, requirements analysis, systems design and performance considerations. Views information systems as strategic tools to provide competitive advantage.
  • MGT 5066 Systems Analysis and Modeling
    Credit Hours: 3
    Applies case analysis and modeling tools to a business environment. Discusses systems analysis and constructs computer models. Includes system classification, problem formulation, decision/risk analysis, modeling techniques, discrete event simulation and evaluation of information. Requires a design project.
  • MGT 5067 System Management
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes systems science and general system theory; strategic concepts and process management; systematic decision-making and technical disciplines; and communications theory.
  • MGT 5904 Systems Management Capstone Project
    Credit Hours: 3
    Involves a team-based consulting activity for an outside client organization. Requires a project, written report and presentation assessed for synthesis of learned competencies in oral and written communication, critical thinking and systems management.
    Acts as the capstone for the master's program in systems management.
  • MTH 5401 Applied Statistical Analysis
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers statistical distributions, statistical tests for data, least squares and regression, estimations, tests of hypotheses, analysis of variance, planning and designing research experiments, randomized blocks, Latin and Graeco-Latin squares and data reduction, analysis using ANOVA (analysis of variance) and other methods.
  • ORP 5001 Deterministic Operations Research Models
    Credit Hours: 3
    An applied treatment of modeling, analysis and solution of deterministic operations research problems. Includes model formulation, linear programming, network flow and transportation problems and algorithms, integer programming and dynamic programming.
Directed Electives
  • MTH 5411 Mathematical Statistics 1
    Credit Hours: 3
    Covers discrete and continuous random variables, generating and moment generating functions, multivariate distributions, covariance and correlation, sums of independent random variables, conditional expectation, Central Limit Theorem, Markov and Chebyshev inequalities and the Law of Large Numbers.
  • ORP 5002 Stochastic Operations Research Models
    Credit Hours: 3
    An applied treatment of modeling, analysis and solution of probabilistic operations research problems. Topics chosen from decision analysis, game theory, inventory models, Markov chains, queuing theory, simulation, forecasting models.
  • ORP 5003 Operations Research Practice
    Credit Hours: 3
    Includes OR methodology, how an OR analyst interacts with clients, and preparation and presentation of oral reports. Students form teams to analyze real cases where each student gets an opportunity to be a team leader and present oral reports.
Total Credits Required: 33

Note: Electives may be taken with approval of both the faculty advisor and program head from other graduate-level offerings in the extended studies department or other colleges or academic units (e.g., computer science, operations research, psychology). Any other deviation requires specific approval of the program head.