Ph.D. On Campus

Operations Research

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

24 months
26725 USD/year
26725 USD/year
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The Operations Research program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) provides you with thorough understanding of the theory of OR while teaching you to how to develop and apply OR methods in practice.


The Operations Research program of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offers a general degree track as well as three optional degree tracks in operations management, networked systems, and analytics. All doctoral students must complete the general degree track requirements; those who choose an optional degree track will have additional, specialized requirements to fulfill.

General Degree Track

In addition to computer literacy and writing competency requirements, our rigorous curriculum includes challenging coursework, action learning, and innovative research.

You’ll take eight graduate-level classes that have been approved by the ORC co-directors, including at least two courses in optimization, at least three in applied probability and statistics, and at least one in OR modeling.

You’ll put OR theory into practice through valuable, hands-on learning experiences, completing one of the following:
  • Option 1: Participate in a summer internship, during which you’ll create OR models that address a real-world problem.
  • Option 2: Undertake a project with an ORC faculty member, either as part of a supervised research activity or as an extra part of a regular course offering.
  • Option 3: Take part in a class, for which you’ll build and implement OR models that have practical applications.
And, you’ll conduct in-depth research on a topic that complements your academic interests and career goals. You’ll write a thesis based on the independent research you conduct under the guidance of our expert faculty.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analytics
  • Statistics and Machine Learning
  • Operations Management
  • Optimization
  • Economics and Finance
  • Transportation Systems

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

Your application should include the following:

  • Standard MIT application form and fee
  • Statement of Objectives
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and/or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores (if international) 

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1814 - 3756 USD /month
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