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Graduate Operations Research Certificate

College of Engineering

Operations research is the application of advanced analytical methods to help make better decisions, by employing techniques that range from mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and optimization. The goal is to identify optimal or near-optimal solutions to complex resource allocation and management problems. “OR” is the basis for solving many of the scheduling, distribution, staffing and design problems in the industry. This certificate is designed to be the analytic-oriented compliment to the Graduate Certificate in Operations Management (management-oriented).

The certificate consists of four 3-credit courses. Each course is in-class/online hybrid that enables students to participate either fully online, fully in-class or any combination of the two. Course Credits earned are transferable to other graduate certificates as well as a future master’s degree if: 1) transferred within 6 years, 2) grade is B or greater.

Study Method: Online and optional evening in-class sessions
Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
Coursework: 12 credits

Admissions Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or a closely related field, from an accredited college or university.
  2. Those seeking admission to the graduate certificate program without such a degree may petition to have their baccalaureate degree and professional experience accepted as a substitute.
  3. Students who earn this Graduate Certificate, and later seek to transfer the course credit towards a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering or Engineering Management must earn a minimum 3.0 GPA for the certificate, and only classes with “B” or better will transfer for credit.
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Course Requirements

EMGT/IE 620 – Multi-criteria Decision Analysis
EMGT/IE 626 – Discrete Systems Simulation
EMGT/IE 635 – Operations Research I
EMGT/IE 643 – Design of Experiments

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