Industrial engineering student resident program at Penn State

Ph.D. with Operations Research Focus

Course Requirements

Note: Course descriptions can be found in the University Bulletin.

The Operations Research Focus Area Qualifying Exam should be taken after taking the three core courses listed and three additional 5XX-level graduate classroom courses (9 credits) with an average GPA of 3.33 in all six classes.

Required Core Courses—Operations Research Area 

  • IE 597: Advanced Linear Programming
  • IE 597: Advanced Stochastic Processes 
  • IE 521: Nonlinear Programming

The additional 500-level required classroom courses can be taken in any subject area, however, students are strongly encouraged to take their additional courses in the operations research areas from Domains A and B (listed below), with at least one course from each domain. In addition, students are highly encouraged to take STAT 514 (Theory of Statistics II).

Domain A: Mathematical Programming

  • IE 510: Integer Programming
  • IE 512: Graphs and Networks
  • IE 519: Dynamic Programming
  • IE 520: Multiple Criteria Optimization
  • IE 588: Nonlinear Networks and the Price of Anarchy
  • IE 589: Dynamic Optimization and Differential Games
  • IE 597X: Convex Optimization
  • IE 597X: Robust Optimization
  • IE 597X: Stochastic Optimization

Domain B: Stochastic Processes/Statistical Methods

  • IE 509: Operations Research: Waiting Line Models
  • IE 511: Experimental Design in Engineering
  • IE 522: Discrete Event Systems Simulation
  • IE 530: Introduction to Financial Engineering
  • IE 555: Statistical Process Monitoring and Analysis
  • IE 583: Response Surface Methodology and Optimization
  • IE 584: Time Series Control and Process Adjustment
  • IE 597X: Stochastic Optimization
  • EE 560: Probability, Random Variables, and Stochastic Processes
  • STAT 513: Theory of Statistics I
  • STAT/MATH 517: Probability Theory I
  • STAT/MATH 518: Probability Theory II
  • STAT/MATH 519: Topics in Stochastic Processes
  • STAT 551: Linear Models 
  • STAT/MATH 557: Data Mining I
  • STAT 561: Statistical Inference I

Doctoral Committee

English Proficiency Examination

Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Requirements

Final Defense

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Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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