The Operations Research 5-year BS-MS Degree Program

The Mathematical Decision Science Program and the Operations Research Department offer a special program for serious Mathematical Decision Science students who desire to pursue graduate study in Operations Research. By taking certain Operations Research graduate courses in their senior year in lieu of the corresponding undergraduate courses the student can obtain the BS MDS degree and then, with an additional year of graduate study, obtain the MS degree in Operations Research. Successful completion of this program cuts a year off of the standard time required to obtain an MS degree in Operations Research from UNC.


To be eligible for this program the potential student should, by the end of his/her junior year:
have credit for (including courses received through placement or transfer) at least 97 hours of coursework; — have a GPA of at least 3.2 (both overall and in the required MDS courses); — have met with the MDS director and received approval to continue in the program.

Course Requirements

The General College requirements for this program are the same as those for the BS degree in MDS. The following courses must then be completed by the end of the senior year. Math 547; Comp 401; and STOR 435, 455, 555, 612, 614, 641, 642.

In addition, enough electives must be completed to yield a total of at least 129 credit hours for the undergraduate career. The fifth year requirements include: STOR 664, 762, 790, 992; 3 electives in Operations Research or related areas.

Admission to the program
(1) End of junior year — meet with MDS program director to secure approval of schedule; (2) Fall semester of senior year — take GRE exams (only verbal, quantitative, and analytic parts are required); (3) Fall semester of senior year — complete and submit application for graduate study in Operations Research to the UNC Graduate School; (4) End of senior year — successfully complete requirements for BS degree in MDS.

Timetable for Gaining Admission to Program

Notification of acceptance into the graduate program in Operations Research is normally received in the second semester of the senior year.