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Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

Master of Science in Operations Research (MSOR)

Program format and minimum requirements

To pursue the Operations Research M.S. through the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering graduate program, students must meet the KSU Graduate School admissions requirements, have a baccalaureate degree, and have a strong background in applied mathematics including calculus and linear algebra. The student must also have completed 3 semester credits each in introductory statistics (equivalent to K-State’s STAT 510) and introductory operations research and (equivalent to K-State’s IMSE 560 or IMSE 680)*, and have knowledge of computer programming (equivalent to K-State’s CIS 200 or CIS 209).  Otherwise, appropriate remedial courses will be required. GRE scores are required for all students who apply, unless they will have completed an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited program.

*If an entering student has not taken an introductory operations research course, the student should enroll in IMSE 680 – Quantitative Problem Solving Techniques, to gain this knowledge. 

 ThesisCourse Work
Operations Research Core Courses99
Additional Operations Research Courses39
Electives1212
Thesis60
IE Seminar00
Total Graduate Credits3030

One core course must be taken in each of the three areas:

Continuous Optimization

  • IMSE 881 - Linear Programming
  • IMSE 982 - Nonlinear Programming

Discrete Optimization

  • IMSE 882 - Network Flows and Graph Theory
  • IMSE 884 - Integer Programming and Combinatorial Optimization

Stochastic Processes

  • IMSE 842 - Reliability Theory
  • IMSE 865 - Simulation of Industrial Management Systems
  • IMSE 866 - Applied Stochastic Processes and Theoretical Simulation
  • IMSE 971 - Industrial Queuing Processes

Additional Operations Research courses include the following courses and any core courses:

  • IMSE 643 - Industrial Simulation
  • IMSE 751 - Normative Theory of Decisions and Games
  • IMSE 760 - Stochastic Calculus Financial Engineering 
  • IMSE 780 - Methods of Operations Research
  • IMSE 810 - Industrial Logistics Engineering 
  • IMSE 830 - Applied Fuzzy Set Theory
  • IMSE 865 - Simulation of Industrial Management Systems
  • IMSE 976 - Scheduling Theory
  • IMSE 983 - Dynamic Programming
  • IMSE 990 - Adv Topics in Operations Research
  • IMSE 991 - Multiple Criteria Decision Making

Actual degree requirements will be summarized on an approved plan of study. Some general guidelines include:

  • At least 60 percent of classes must be above 700 level
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken from outside the department without prior permission
  • Courses in IMSE the department must be above the 600 level
  • Courses outside the department must be above the 500 level
  • No more than 6 hours can be taken at the 500 level.
  • No course can count as both a core course and an additional operations research course

Students on-campus are required to enroll in the graduate seminar each semester.

To learn more about the online MSOR program, including course schedules, visit the K-State Global Campus website. 

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