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Master of Science in Systems Management  –  Operations Research

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 the university 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 Prerequisites (noncredit for this program)
MTH 1000 Precalculus
MTH 1001 Calculus 1
MTH 1002 Calculus 2

Note: In addition, 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 (8 courses) CREDITS
MGT 5006 Introductory Managerial Statistics 3
MGT 5013 Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 5014 Information Systems 3
MGT 5066 Systems Analysis and Modeling 3
MGT 5067 Systems Management 3
MGT 5904 Systems Management Capstone Project 3
MTH 5401 Applied Statistical Analysis 3
ORP 5001 Deterministic Operations Research Models 3
Directed Electives (3 courses) 9
MTH 5411 Mathematical Statistics
ORP 5002 Stochastic OR Models
ORP 5003 Operations Research Practices


*Serves as the capstone course for this program.

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.