May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Operations Research (MSOR) (M.S.)

Master’s Degree 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 (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.


The formats for this program are as follows:

  Thesis Course Work
Operations Research Core Courses 9 9
Additional Operations Research Courses 3 6
Electives 12 15
Thesis 6 0
IE Seminar 0 0

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


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.