Operations Research Master's Degree
The operations research master’s degree program explores an interdisciplinary field of applied mathematics used to optimize decision making. Students explore 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. Existing methods or new methods help reach optimal or near-optimal solutions that usually result in dramatic benefits over the previous state of the system.
All courses needed for the degree are available online to students residing both in and out of the United States. Students never need to come to campus for any course work and will travel to the Kansas State University campus only once at the end of their program for an oral examination, which is conducted by their supervisory committee.
Careers in Operations Research
Operations research models are utilized in nearly every sector of society because people recognize that inferior solutions waste money, time and effort. Graduates in operations research typically have a high salary and are employed in a wide range of industries, including:
- financial companies
- governmental agencies
- consulting companies
- transportation agencies
Kansas State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The operations research master’s degree is offered through the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering in the College of Engineering. The department’s undergraduate programs are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) and the same engineering faculty are fully engaged in the high-quality graduate programs.