The Department of Operations Research consists of a resident faculty and an interdisciplinary faculty with programs of study that offer considerable opportunity for the pursuit of individual student interests. Both the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered, with specialization possible in deterministic optimization theory (such as nonlinear and integer programming) in stochastic processes and applied probability (such as queuing theory and simulation), or in an approved area of application (such as management science). The M.S. program is intended for the student who is preparing for a career in industry, government, or consulting. The Ph.D. program emphasizes theoretical depth and is tailored primarily to the student who is preparing for a career in teaching and/or research.