Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Operations Research Program
Admission to the Master of Science in Operations Research degree program with full standing requires that the applicant meet the following requirements:
- 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. Students are expected to have an advanced mathematical background, as many of the courses have simple proofs required as part of the course.
- Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above for the last 60 hours of courses taken
- 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 Graduate Record Examination (GRE) minimum score of 750 (old scoring system)/159 (new scoring system) on the quantitative portion of the exam
*If an entering student has not taken an introductory operations research course, the student should enroll in IMSE 680 - Quantitative Problem Solving Techniques, to gain this knowledge. This IMSE 680 course can count as one of the program's electives and provides a broad overview and many applications of operations research. This class covers background information and serves to fulfill all prerequisites for the operations research core courses.
Note: International applicants whose native language is not English must take the TOEFL exam. Those who have received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university are exempt from this requirement.
The application and admission process takes two to three months to complete. Distance students should plan to apply within that timeframe or earlier before the semester in which they wish to start their program. Application review will not begin until all transcripts, application fees and other supporting documents are received.
View admission details, transcript information and apply for the program through the K-State Graduate School application process. The website also includes an orientation to distance learning at Kansas State University.
Up to 10 hours of appropriate graduate credit from other recognized universities may be transferred, subject to department approval.
Nondegree-seeking students may take courses (up to 9 credit hours) without formally applying to the master's degree program.