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 both English competency as well as computer literacy.

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.

Computer Literacy Requirements

You’ll be asked to demonstrate computer literacy in one of two ways:

  • Either by completing a basic computer programming course—or an approved equivalent—during your first year at MIT.
  • Or by completing a Waiver Form and demonstrating full competency in the subject area, with approval from our ORC co-directors.