Operations Research

The MIT Operations Research Center (ORC) studies the use of advanced analytical methods for improving decision-making in a number topics and applications. Beginning in 2017, MIT LGO will offer a dual-degree program specializing in operations research in coordination with the MIT ORC. Students will graduate with an MBA and an SM in Operations Research. Required coursework will focus on statistics, probability, and algorithm methodology. Graduates will be well-versed in advanced data management and optimization, which will allow them to take leadership responsibility in a growing number of roles that use data to create better processes.

LGO students completing the MBA and SM in Operations Research take:

MBA Operations Research candidates are encouraged to take additional OR-related subjects focusing on an application area. ORC students in previous years have focused on transportation, logistics, manufacturing, public systems, and operations management. Some courses that LGO believes will be of particular interest include:

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LGO ORC students will have unique abilities to both lead complex processes and apply advanced analytics knowledge to a variety of business problems. Interns completing their MBA and operations research degrees will likely complete their projects in a data analytics or systems optimization project.

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When reviewing applications, the ORC looks for:

  • A previous degree with a strong academic record in a STEM field with extensive undergraduate level coursework in mathematics, including advanced statistics, probability, calculus, and linear algebra.
  • Research interests in operations research applications, and demonstrated ability to apply advanced analytical methods in industry.

MIT LGO’s mission is to develop the next generation of operations leaders. Graduates with an MBA and operations research degrees will have extensive opportunities after graduation, in line with LGO’s current placement record.

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