George Mason University

Volgenau School of Engineering

Operations Research


Office of Graduate Admissions

MS 6A3

Fairfax, VA 22030

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Architecture-Based Systems Integration (ABSI) Systems Engineering of Software Intensive Systems (SIS) Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) Military Operations Research Computational Modeling Discovery, Design, and Innovation, Master of Science

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Operations Research, also called management science or operations engineering, deals with the use of scientific methods in management decision making, especially for the best allocation of limited resources. Operations researchers try to find order in apparent chaos by identifying the structure in complex situations and understanding how the components of organizations interact. They can then explain and predict the effect of actions on these systems. Operations research thus provides a rational basis for making decisions.

Operations research workers may work in universities, in industry, or in government. They may teach, do research, and/or solve real problems. Operations researchers may be involved in just one phase of a study, or may participate in all portions of a project; many operations research workers have moved from the technical aspects of operations research to managerial positions.

Operations research faculty at George Mason study the development, solution, and application of models, with particular emphasis on computational feasibility. Faculty and students have access to a wide range of computational alternativesr.

The department offers a Master of Science (M.S.) in Operations Research. Students with special interests in optimization, stochastic models, operations engineering, decision analysis, or military operations research may concentrate in these areas, and earn a separate certificate upon graduation. In addition, the department offers graduate certificates in military operations research and computational modeling. Students in the Ph.D. in Information Technology program can also concentrate in operations research.

The MS program prepares students for research and professional practice in the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Major components of the program are mathematical programming, queuing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling,


Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

International Student Requirements:

International Transcript Evaluation Foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated (Course-by-Course preferred) by a member of the NACES Membership. Transcript evaluations typically carry a fee of $60-100 USD. Evaluations can be also be done by George Mason University, at no extra cost to the applicant; however, this typically adds 6-8 weeks to the application processing time. Please review George Mason University’s Policy on International Transcript Submission.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Intensive

Loans Offered: Loans may be available. Applicants may apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). GMU FAFSA Code: 003749

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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