Master’s in Operations Research

MIT’s master’s degree (SM) program in operations research (OR) teaches you important OR techniques—with an emphasis on the practical, real-world applications of OR—through a combination of challenging coursework and hands-on research. 

In addition to the writing competency requirements, our rigorous curriculum includes seven graduate-level courses in such areas as optimization, applied probability, and statistics as well as advanced topics in OR that complement your academic interests and career goals. You must complete 66 credit units, of which at least 42 must be in advanced subjects, to earn your degree.

What’s more, you’ll put classroom theory into practice by writing a thesis based on independent research you’ve conducted under the guidance of your faculty advisor. Prior to graduation, you’ll present your research to your fellow ORC members.

Upon completion of our two-year program, you’ll be ready to put your knowledge and skills to good use in a variety of fields, including business, education, and research. In fact, recent graduates of our program have been sought after for such positions as technical staff members in business or industry, government planners, and private consultants.

For more information about the Master's program, please see our Master's Degree Syllabus.

Dual SM in OR

Students who are currently enrolled in another master’s degree (SM) program at MIT may consider pursuing a dual SM in OR. In order to pursue a dual masters degree in the OR program you would need to submit an application to the Center for consideration for admission. Once accepted into the program, you must be currently enrolled in another SM program at MIT in order to pursue the dual SM. The dual SM program requires that you complete coursework for both programs. Courses must be distinct and you cannot double count courses. For more information, please contact the ORC at 617-253-3601 or orc_staff​

For more information about ORC course offerings, please see our Course Offerings page.