Operations Research, MS
Systems Engineering and Operations Research Department
George Mason University
2100 Nguyen Engineering Building
4400 University Drive, MS 4A6
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (703) 993-1521
The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.
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Operations researchers 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 one phase of a study, or may participate in all portions of a project; many operations researchers have moved from the technical branch of a company or agency into managerial positions. Students with special interests in optimization, stochastic modeling, decision analysis, military operations research, or financial systems engineering may elect to concentrate in these areas.