General Degree Requirements

The Operations Research Center (ORC) at MIT offers three top-tier graduate programs: a doctoral degree (PhD) in operations research, a master’s degree (SM) in operations research, and a master’s degree (MBAn) in business analytics.

Each program requires strong communication skills—both written and verbal—and to ensure your academic success, we ask you to demonstrate your English competency.

Writing Requirements

Once you’re enrolled at the ORC, you’ll complete a writing assessment so we can evaluate your writing skills and, if necessary, assign coursework to further develop your skills.

  • If your native language is English, you’ll take our Writing Skills Examination. 
  • If your native language is not English, you’ll take our English Evaluation Test.

Both tests are administered in conjunction with MIT’s Comparative Media Studies/Writing and Global Studies and Languages programs.