Volgenau School of Engineering
George Mason University
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George Mason University

Operations Research, MS

Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department
George Mason University
2100 Nguyen Engineering Building
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 993-1521

Email: seor@gmu.edu

Program Overview

The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.

Total credits: 30

Highlights from the university catalog.

Students may construct concentration areas by choosing electives from among special groupings. The six concentrations available are data analytics, decision analysis, financial engineering, military operations research, optimization, and stochastic modeling. In addition to the required core courses (12 credits) and project course (3 credits), the remaining 15 credit hours consist of methods and elective courses associated with the concentration areas as outlined below. Students can also devise their own grouping of electives subject to prior approval of their advisor.

Concentration in Data Analytics (DNIC)
Concentration in Decision Analysis (DA)
Concentration in Financial Engineering (FNNE)
Concentration in Military Operations Research (MOR)
Concentration in Optimization (OPT)
Concentration in Stochastic Models (STM)

Find degree requirements in the university catalog.


Operations researchers may work in universities, in industry, or in government. They may teach, do research, and/or solve real problems. Operations researchers may be involved in one phase of a study, or may participate in all portions of a project; many operations researchers have moved from the technical branch of a company or agency into managerial positions. Students with special interests in optimization, stochastic modeling, decision analysis, military operations research, or financial systems engineering may elect to concentrate in these areas.

This information is being provided here for your planning purposes only. For official catalog information, please refer instead to the official George Mason University Catalog Website at http://catalog.gmu.edu.