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Management Science (M.S.)

Are you technically oriented?

If you are technically oriented, enjoy problem solving and have some quantitative skills, the M.S. degree in management science may be for you.  You do not need to be an engineer to study management science but should have at least three semesters of analytic geometry and calculus. This liberal elective program allows you to take courses in the School of Business Administration, the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Health Sciences. You will study optimization, queuing analysis, forecasting, reliability, production engineering and many other topics.

The program of study is interdisciplinary and administered by the School of Engineering with the support of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Education and Health Sciences.  College graduates in all fields of study:  business, education, engineering, engineering technology, liberal arts, physical sciences, and social sciences are invited into the Management Science program.

The management scientist is the manager or staff specialist who is trained in the quantitative methodologies of operations research, systems analysis and the decision sciences. Graduates must be proficient in problem solving and decision-making, system modeling and optimization, and the application of probability and statistical theory to management problems.  Graduates must also be familiar with a variety of other topics, such as quality control, inventory planning and control, reliability and maintainability, and system simulation.

The objective of this program is to develop quantitative management skills and capabilities appropriate to each student's needs and objectives.  The program emphasizes the practical application of management science techniques in our modern society.

Most courses are simulcast (offered in the classroom at the same time as they are offered via distance learning over the Internet) at 11:30 a.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.  These classes meet twice per week, typically Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday.  Nearly every course is live in the classroom, live on the Internet, and recorded for your future reference.