Doctoral Program

The interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Operations Research trains specialists in both the theory and practice of Operations Research. Doctoral students will be exposed to theoretical and computational aspects of Operations Research, as well as the wide range of its applications. They will also be expected to specialize, by taking an in-depth series of courses chosen to complement their individual strengths and interests. Students are encouraged to get involved in the research activities of RUTCOR faculty members from the time of their arrival on campus.

The major requirements for the Ph.D. involve coursework, a Ph.D. Qualifying Examination, and a dissertation. Students are also expected to participate in RUTCOR seminars and other major RUTCOR events.

At, or prior to, the beginning of the first semester at Rutgers, the students will be tested on calculus, linear algebra, probability theory and statistics. The results will be used to advise students about courses to take, or the steps to take to correct weaknesses in their preparation for the graduate program.

Students are encouraged to discuss their course of study with any of the faculty members of RUTCOR. Students must have their registration or preregistration cards signed each semester by the Graduate Director of RUTCOR, the Associate Graduate Director, or, in their absence, by an appropriately designated faculty member.

Independent Study

Independent study courses taken from faculty in RUTCOR or in the participating departments in RUTCOR are encouraged but cannot be counted as a course credit.

GRE Requirement

Applicants are required to take the GRE general test, and submit a resume, recent transcripts, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants can apply online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu.

Reference Address

Graduate Director
RUTCOR - Rutgers Center for Operations Research
640 Bartholomew Road
Piscataway, New Jersey, 08854-8003