Operations Research, MSOR
The Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering (MIE) offers comprehensive research and educational programs for students pursuing the Master of Science (MS) in Operations Research (OR). OR deals with the application of scientific method to decision making. Its practitioners develop and solve mathematical and computer models of systems using optimization and statistical methods. OR methodologies are being used to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and increase profitability in all organizations whether in manufacturing, transportation, logistics and supply chains, healthcare, or financial institutions. Upon graduation, students who pursue this program may work in industry or may continue their studies by pursuing the PhD in Industrial Engineering. These extensive programs and course work allow for the selection of a degree that meets a wide range of personal and professional goals.
General Degree Requirements
To be eligible for admission to any of the MS degree programs, a prospective student must hold a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or an equivalent field. Students in all master’s degree programs must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours of approved course work (exclusive of any preparatory courses) with a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.000. Students can complete a master's degree by pursuing one of the three tracks: course work option, project option, and thesis option. Specific degree requirements for each of these tracks can be found under the "Program Requirements" tab. Also, students can complete their master's degree either on a full-time or part-time basis; however, certain restrictions may apply.
Special Ethics Requirement
All MIE graduate students are required to complete a brief online session on Responsible Conduct of Research and Plagiarism during their first semester of full-time study. All enrolled students will be sent proper instructions on how to complete this assignment and satisfy this important requirement. The outcome of the online session will be filed with the student’s records.
Academic and Research Advisors
All nonthesis students (students doing course work or project options) are advised by the academic advisor designated for their respective concentration or program. Students doing an MS thesis must find a research advisor within the first year of their study and may have thesis reader(s) at the discretion of their research advisor. The research advisor must be a full-time or jointly appointed faculty or affiliated member of the MIE department; otherwise, a petition must be filed and approved by the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee. If the research advisor is outside the MIE department, a faculty member with 50 percent or more appointments in the MIE department must be chosen as the co-advisor. Thesis option students are advised by the academic advisor designated for their specific concentration before they select their research advisor(s).
Plan of Study and Course Selection
It is recommended that all new students attend orientation sessions held by the MIE department and the Graduate School of Engineering to acquaint themselves with the course work requirements and research activities of the department as well as with the general policies, procedures, and expectations.
In order to receive proper guidance with their course work needs, all MS students are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a fully signed Plan of Study (PS) to the department before enrolling in second-semester courses. This form helps students manage their course work as well as helps the department to plan for requested course offerings. The PS may be modified at any time as the students progress in their degree programs. However, requests for changes in the PS must be processed before the requested change actually takes place. A revised PS form must also be approved and signed by the student's academic advisor.
Students pursuing study or research under the guidance of a faculty member can elect for project option by taking Master’s Project (OR 7945). An MS project must be petitioned to the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee and approved by both the faculty member (instructor for MS Project) and the student's academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme.
Students doing course work option may petition the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee to substitute up to a 4-semester-hour Independent Study (OR 7978). An independent study must be approved by the academic advisor. The petition must clearly state the reason for taking the course; a brief description of the goals; as well as expected outcomes, deliverables, and grading scheme. Students in other options (i.e., thesis or project) are not eligible to take independent study.
Options for MS Students (course work only, project, or thesis)
Students accepted into any of the MS programs in the MIE department can choose one of the three options: course work only, project, or thesis. Please see the “Program Requirements” tab on the top menu of this page for more information. MS students who want to pursue project or thesis options must find, within their first year of study, a faculty member or a research advisor who will be willing to direct and supervise a mutually agreed research project or MS thesis. Moreover, students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship must complete an 8-semester-hour thesis.
Students who complete the thesis option must make a presentation of their thesis before approval by the department. The MS thesis presentation shall be publicly advertised at least one week in advance and all faculty members and students may attend and participate. If deemed appropriate by the research advisor, other faculty members may be invited to serve as thesis readers to provide technical opinions and judge the quality of the thesis and presentation.
Change of Program/Concentration
Students enrolled in any of the MIE department programs or concentrations may change their current program or concentration no sooner than the beginning of their second full-time semester of study. In order for the program or concentration change request to be considered by the MIE Graduate Affairs Committee, the student must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 8 semester hours of required course work in their sought program at Northeastern. See here for instructions on how to request a program or concentration change.
Graduate Certificate Options
Students enrolled in a graduate degree program in the College of Engineering have the opportunity to pursue an engineering graduate certificate in addition to or in combination with the MS degree. For more information please refer to Graduate Certificate Programs.
Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership
Master's Degree in Operations Research with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership
Students may complete a Master of Science in Operations Research in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership. Students must apply and be admitted to the Gordon Engineering Leadership Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires fulfillment of the 16-semester-hour curriculum required to earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Leadership, which includes an industry-based challenge project with multiple mentors. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 hours of advisor-approved operations research technical courses.
Master's Degree in Operations Research with Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business
Students may complete a Master of Science in Operations Research in addition to earning a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business. Students must apply and be admitted to the Galante Engineering Business Program in order to pursue this option. The program requires the applicant to have earned or be in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Northeastern University. The integrated 32-semester-hour degree and certificate will require 16 semester hours of the operations research core courses and 16 semester hours from the outlined business-skill curriculum. The course work, along with participation in cocurriculum professional development elements, earn the Graduate Certificate in Engineering Business.
Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.
|IE 6200||Engineering Probability and Statistics||4|
|or MATH 7241||Probability 1|
|OR 7245||Network Analysis and Advanced Optimization||4|
|or MATH 7234||Optimization and Complexity|
|OR 7230||Probabilistic Operation Research||4|
|or MATH 7341||Probability 2|
|OR 6205||Deterministic Operations Research||4|
Select one of the following options:
Course Work Option
|Complete 16 semester hours from the course list below.||16|
|OR 7945||Master’s Project||4|
|Complete 12 semester hours from the course list below.||12|
|OR 7990||Thesis (required for all students who receive financial support from the university in the form of a research, teaching, or tuition assistantship)||8|
|Complete 8 semester hours from the course list below.||8|
|Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering|
|Time Series and Geospatial Data Sciences|
|Theory of Computation|
|Computer Systems Engineering|
|User Experience Design and Testing|
|Supervised Machine Learning and Learning Theory|
|Unsupervised Machine Learning and Data Mining|
|Customer-Driven Technical Innovation for Engineers|
|Product Development for Engineers|
|Electrical and Computer Engineering|
|Introduction to Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition|
|Engineering Project Management|
|Economic Decision Making|
|Financial Management for Engineers|
|Special Topics in Industrial Engineering (Data Visualization Engineering)|
|Special Topics in Industrial Engineering (Human Performance in Sociotechnical Systems)|
|Healthcare Systems Modeling and Analysis|
|Systems Engineering in Public Programs|
|Lean Concepts and Applications|
|Biosensor and Human Behavior Measurement|
|Manufacturing Methods and Processes|
|Supply Chain Engineering|
|Data Mining in Engineering|
|Statistical Methods in Engineering|
|Statistical Quality Control|
|Reliability Analysis and Risk Assessment|
|Human Factors Engineering|
|Data Science Engineering with Python|
|Data Management and Database Design|
|Stochastic Calculus and Introduction to No-Arbitrage Finance|
|Integer and Nonlinear Optimization|
|Logistics, Warehousing, and Scheduling|
|Or any other IE, OR, MATH, CS, and graduate engineering courses|
Program Credit/GPA Requirements
32 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required