MS

Operations Research Master's Degree

Online Program Overview

Degree Level
Master's Degree
Total Credits
30
Delivery
Fully Online
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Minimum GPA
3.0
Qualifying Exam
GRE Required

 

Operations Research is an applied science and is concerned with quantitative decision problems, generally involving the allocation and control of limited resources. Such problems arise, for example, in the operations of industrial firms, financial institutions, health care organizations, transportation systems, energy and resources, and government. The operations research analyst develops and uses mathematical and statistical models to help solve these decision problems. Like engineers, they are problem formulators and solvers. Their work requires the formation of a mathematical model of a system and the analysis and prediction of the consequences of alternate modes of operating the system. The analysis may involve mathematical optimization techniques, probabilistic and statistical methods, experiments, and computer simulations. Operations Research courses have been offered at Columbia University since 1952.

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Admissions Requirements

Degree required for admission: Students admitted to the program must possess a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, mathematics, computer science, statistics, economics with a minor in mathematics, or other related field from an accredited academic institution. Students should posess a strong mathematics background (three terms calculus, one term ordinary differential equations required; one term linear algebra recommended). Applicants should have a strong undergraduate record to be competitive for admission. 

GPA required: Minimum of 3.0 

GRE requirements: General test required 

Other application requirements: Three recommendation letters, transcripts, resume, and a personal-professional statement are required. TOEFL test scores are required of all students who received their bachelor's degree in a country where English is not the official and spoken language. All application requirements in the Graduate Application must be completed as specified in the application. 

Breadth requirement: Any high-level programming course (such as Fortran, Pascal, or C, the latter of which is highly recommended)

Students must complete all required courses for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree.

Description

Students must complete all required courses for a total of 30 graduate points of academic work via CVN with an academic average of 2.5 or better.  All students must take at least 18 points of graduate work in the IEOR Department (denoted by courses with the IEOR, CSOR, ECIE, SIEO designations) and at least 30 points of graduate studies at Columbia. All degree requirements must be completed within 5 years of the beginning of the first course credited toward the degree. This includes courses taken in the non-degree program.

 

Course List

Required Courses: 

The following core courses must be included unless they or their equivalents have been completed prior to admission to the program:

  • SIEO W4150 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • IEOR E4004 Optimization Models and Methods or IEOR E4007 Optimization Models and Methods (FE)*
  • IEOR E4106 Stochastic Models or IEOR E4701 Stochastic Models (FE)* 
  • IEOR E4404 Simulation or IEOR E4703 Monte Carlo Simulation* 

* Course focuses on applications to the financial services industry. Only one course, not both, can be applied to the program. 

And six elective courses chosen in consultation with the IEOR Faculty advisor. 

Tuition & Fees

2017 - 2018 Tuition & Fees

Please note that all tuition and fees are in U.S. dollars and are estimated. Tuition and most fees are prescribed by statute, and are subject to change at the discretion of the Trustees.

CVN Credit Tuition: $1,936 per point (Credit Hour)
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course
Transcript Fee: $105 non-refundable one-time fee

CVN Audit Tuition: $834 per point (Credit Hour)
Graduate Admission Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee
CVN Fee: $395 non-refundable fee per course

Certification Program Application Fee: $150 non-refundable one-time fee

Late Registration Fee: $100 non-refundable fee

CVN Withdrawal Fee: $75, plus prorated tuition and all non-refundable fees

For example: A three credit course would be $5,808 + transcript fee $105 (one-time) + CVN fee $395 = $6,308

 

Payment should be mailed to:

Columbia Video Network
540 S.W. MUDD Building, MC4719
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

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