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Master of Science in Operations Research

Now accepting applications for Fall 2019

Degree Overview

Learn advanced methods to arrive at optimal or good decisions in complex problems and elicit a best possible solution to a problem mathematically to improve or optimize the performance of a system. 

The  H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering  offers the Master of Science in Operations Research.  

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Admissions

  • Admission Deadlines
  • How to Apply
  • International Students
Admission Deadlines

Due to program size constraints, we cannot guarantee that all applications submitted by the Regular Decision deadline will be considered for admission for the applied semester. However, all qualified applicants will be considered for enrollment in the following semester.  

Fall 2019 Enrollment:
Regular Decision Application Deadline:  February 1, 2019

Spring 2020 Enrollment: 
Regular Decision Application Deadline:  September 1, 2019

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How to Apply

Ready to apply? You're in the right place.  Applications are accepted year-round.   

What You Need  
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:  

  • Official transcripts from each institution attended. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.  
  • Lawful Presence Document (U.S. Citizens Only). Applicants must verify their lawful presence  in the United States prior to enrollment.  
  • English Proficiency (International Students Only). The  language of instruction at Georgia Tech is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum test scores and expectations are found on our International Students  tab.  
  • References.  You  will initiate the process through the online application by entering the name and email addresses of three references. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to the recommender requesting a brief online recommendation. Please inform your references that they must submit the form for your application to be complete.  
  • Test Scores. You  must submit standardized test scores, most commonly GRE or GMAT.  

Program-Specific Questions/Materials  

  • Personal Statements.  Describe  your specific career goals and objectives, the decision to pursue an advanced degree, and other information that may be useful to the admissions committee.   
  • Professional Resume.  A  listing of your professional experience and uploaded to the online application.  

Start Your  Application  
You can submit your application to the program at any time of the year. If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the Student Services Team.   

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Please set aside sufficient time — usually about two to three weeks — for Graduate Studies to receive and process your supporting documents. We cannot guarantee applications received after the deadline will be reviewed in time for the applied semester.  

Application Fee  
A non-refundable application fee must be paid online with a credit card or electronic check if you have a U.S. bank account. The application fee is $75 for U.S. applicants and $85 for international applicants. Your application will not be received until the fee is paid.  

Status Checking  
Once your application is completed and submitted, you may monitor its progress through CollegeNet’s  online status check system (using the same  CollegeNet user ID and password created when you applied).  

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International Students

Georgia Tech considers you an international applicant if you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a U.S. permanent resident, regardless of where in the world you live.  

The admissions criteria applied in evaluating international applicants are essentially the same as those for U.S. citizens. All application materials, including transcripts and recommendations, must be submitted online and in English. You are also required to submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score.  

International and domestic candidates that have relocated to the state of Georgia for purposes of full-time employment, as well as their spouses, may qualify for a waiver of the non-Georgia resident portion of tuition through the Economic Advantage Program. We strongly encourage all international applicants to submit application materials early to expedite the admissions process and to confirm eligibility for the Economic Advantage Program.  

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  

Applicants must submit a valid TOEFL score if:  

  • They are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.  
  • They are a citizen of a country where English is not the sole official language of instruction.*  
  • They have not successfully completed at least one year of study at an accredited university in the United States.  

*Countries where English is the sole official language of instruction include Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, Canada — except Québec, Cayman Islands, Ghana, Guam, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Singapore, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, and Wales.  

TOEFL scores are valid for two years and the minimum required total score on the exam is 100 for the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT). For more information about these tests visit the  ETS official TOEFL website.  

Transcripts  

All applicants to the program must hold a U.S. bachelor's degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. A three-year degree is not equivalent to the U.S. bachelor's degree. Neither professional designations nor work experience will count toward the fourth year of study. We're unable to make exceptions to this policy.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office does not accept any private evaluation of academic documents. Official transcripts and degree documents must be submitted at the time of application and the Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office will evaluate them.  

The Georgia Tech Graduate Studies Office requires the following documents from international applicants:  

  • Official native language transcripts  
  • Official English translation of the native language transcript  
  • Official native language degree documents  
  • Official English translation of the native language degree document 
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Cost & Aid

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Payments and Refunds
  • Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees

Tuition                                              $1,100 per credit hour*  
Mandatory Fees**  
           Institutional Fee                $172  
           Technology Fee                 $107  
           Additional Fees             Varies

*All courses will be three-credit hours. 

**Fees are assessed only for the terms in which students are enrolled in courses.  As an online master's degree student, you may incur additional costs for proctored exams or quizzes. If unable to find a qualified individual to serve as a proctor for exams or quizzes, you may need to arrange for this service at a Education Testing Service. In most cases, this will result in an additional cost to you. Costs vary based on region, services required, and length of time required for the exam. Universities and community colleges are usually willing to administer proctored exams for little to no fees. We strongly suggest checking with these institutions prior to contacting a local for-profit testing center.

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Payments and Refunds

All payments of tuition and fees are handled by the Bursar’s office. For instructions on how to pay, please visit the student payment portal.   

The Georgia Tech Bursar’s Office processes refunds via EFT, also known as Direct Deposit, Monday through Friday. Refunds and overpayments are electronically disbursed to the student’s checking or savings account and should be in the students account on the following day or sooner. You are not always eligible for a refund when dropping a course, so please read over the refund policy.  

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Financial Assistance

Education Loans  
U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for education loans. To learn more about graduate financial aid and loan programs, visit Georgia Tech’s Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.  

Employer Tuition Reimbursement  
Contact your employer’s human resources department for available tuition assistance programs and eligibility.  

The Post-9/11 GI Bill  
Effective August 1, 2011, qualified U.S. veterans may be eligible to receive financial support for tuition, mandatory fees, books, and housing. Additional information is available through the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website.  

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