Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Operations Research and Information Engineering, M.Eng.
Offered by the School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Contact: 201 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-9128
This professional degree program stresses applications of operations research. The centerpiece of the program is a team-based project on a significant real- world problem. The course work centers on additional study of analytical techniques, with particular emphasis on the design or improvement of systems and processes in manufacturing, information, finance, and service organizations.
General admission and degree requirements are described in the introductory “Graduation Requirements for Engineering Masters Degree Programs - EN ” section. The ORIE M.Eng. program is designed to serve two groups of students: graduates of the undergraduate major in ORE who wish to deepen their practical knowledge of the field, and qualified undergraduates from other fields who want to complement their engineering or technical backgrounds with a solid foundation in operations research and information engineering.
For admission, the entering student should have completed a calculus-based course in probability and statistics, an intermediate-level programming course in computer science, as well as four semesters of mathematics, including differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, and multivariate calculus.
For the data analytics concentration, the entering student must also have completed a second semester of probability and statistics.
For the financial engineering concentration, the entering student must also have completed a second course in probability and statistics or a course in stochastic processes, and a basic finance course. In addition, proficiency in C++ or Python and a course in differential equations are strongly recommended for financial engineering.
Program requirements include a core of ORIE courses plus technical electives chosen from a broad array of offerings. There are several concentrations, each requiring a particular set of electives plus a specific project course: applied operations research, data analytics, financial engineering, information technology, strategic operations (which incorporates the Strategic Operations Immersion at the Johnson Graduate School of Management), and manufacturing and industrial engineering. Students may also minor in systems engineering. Some of these options are offered jointly with other Cornell departments and schools and provide the opportunity to interact with students and specialists in business and other engineering fields. For information about the manufacturing and industrial engineering concentration, contact the Center for Manufacturing Enterprise, 291 Grumman Hall, (607) 255-5545; about the Strategic Operations Immersion, 304 Sage Hall, (607) 255-4691; about Systems Engineering, 202 Rhodes Hall, (607) 254-8998, and for all others, 201 Rhodes Hall, (607) 255-9128.
All concentrations except for financial engineering can typically be completed in two semesters. For scheduling reasons, and depending on the student’s preparation, an additional summer or semester may be needed.
The financial engineering concentration is designed to be completed in three semesters. This permits an industry internship in the summer between semesters as well as a third semester of study in New York City.
The manner in which the M.Eng. project requirement is met depends on the chosen concentration. Common elements in all project experiences include working as part of a team of students on an engineering design problem, meeting with a faculty advisor and project partner organization on a regular basis, and presenting the final results to the project partner. Most projects have industrial client sponsors and address relevant, practical problems.
Additional program requirements are described in the Master of Engineering Handbook and on the web. For further details, see the contact information at the beginning of this section.