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MS/PhD in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research Fall 2012


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#1 ORSMZ

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 12:37 AM

Hello everyone,

I want to apply for MS/PhD program in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research for Fall 2012.

Undergraduate: Top IE school in the middle east
Courses: Probability, Statistics, Operations Research (2 Courses taught by Prof. Katta Murty from Ann Arbor), Production Planning, Quality Control, Simulation, Facilities Planning, Scheduling, Supply Chain Modeling, Stochastic Processes
GPA: 3.91 (Major GPA=3.96)
GRE: Still did not give yet but based on several practice tests, I expect a 750-800 on quantitative, 550-600 on verbal, hard to predict AW
Recommenders: 2 studied from georgia tech, 1 is a professor at ann arbor and studied from UC Berkeley
Research: Analyzed a combinatorial problem in inventory management using heuristics programmed on Matlab and exact methods programmed on GAMS as part of an undergraduate research course

Currently, I have the following universities in my list:

1) MIT ORC (I know it's a long shot)
2) Georgia Tech ISYE
3) UC Berkeley IEOR
4) Stanford MSIE
5) Viriginia Tech

Can you please advise whether I should apply for a MS/PhD option or should I only consider MS in order to maximize my chance of acceptance? Can you also advise on the best number of universities I should apply to in order to get at least one acceptance? What other universities should I add to the list in order to maximize my chance of acceptance based on my qualifications?

Edited by ORSMZ, 05 August 2011 - 12:38 AM.

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#2 bodaos

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 06:43 PM

Wow, have such a strong profile. I am applying for OR next year too. Good luck!
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#3 ORSMZ

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Posted 05 August 2011 - 08:29 PM

I am not sure how strong my profile is compared to other applicants for the universities that I'm considering. Anyway, thanks for the compliments @badaos
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#4 ugly_duckling

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Posted 08 August 2011 - 08:50 AM

To torture the cliche, you won't know unless you apply. You would be amazed at what can happen. You have a great profile. I got into my "long-shot grad program", and there is no reason why you wouldn't make an excellent candidate for GT's program IMO.. I know it costs a lot once you figure in transcripts and GRE scores being sent out, but hey, you get 1 shot at your PhD! Make it happen where it'll be the best fit for you. I'll be applying there in a year! Best of luck.
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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:52 PM

Thank you for your encouraging reply ugly_duckling. Best of luck to you too
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Posted 12 October 2011 - 09:38 PM

Hi,

My major research interests are in computer science, but I am thinking of applying for OR too. I know little about OR, can you guys evaluate my chance to get into top OR PHD programs. I appreciate your time.

Undergraduate: Top school in Canada.
Major: combined honors in computer science and stats
Courses: one real variable course, Probability, linear algebra, Calculus 1 to 3, stochastic processes, time series and forecasting, multivariate stats, two stats inference(equivalent to grad level courses), algorithm, machine learning and a lot of other computer science courses. A grad computer science courses in database and data mining.
GPA: 3.96/4.33 (Major GPA=4.19/4.33)
GRE: Q800 V700 A4
Recommendation letter: 2 profs from computer science, both supervised me on research. I guess both letters will be strong(at least one will be very strong). I do not know the third letter, but it will be a do well in class letter.
Research: two years experience, full time in summers, funded by NSERC. Two projects on database. Two projects on data mining, mining information propagation on social networks. All my papers are rejected. So no papers.

I guess my data mining projects are related to OR.

I will apply for a lot of cs schools. But I guess I have no chance to get into stanford cs phd program, I am really interested in startups, so I really like Stanford. Do you guys know whether I have chance to get into its mse phd program? I am also planing to apply for UCB IEOR, how do you think of my chance there?

I think one major problem is that my background is from CS not OR, will that affect my application a lot?

Thank you very much.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:47 AM

What if I want to do OR and stay in Canada? Has anyone heard anything about MM in OR at UBC? Also I hear Waterloo has a good CO department, but it's less applied than I'd like.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:59 AM

top school in country XYZ is very vague. please show exactly which school you went to.
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#9 ORFEboy

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 03:01 AM

I am applying to IEOR/MS&E/IEMS programs as well! Will come back and post my stats. :)
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Applied: 9 MS: MIT (CDO), MIT (ORC), Cornell (FE), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF), Princeton (ORFE)
Accepted: 7 | Cornell (FE), MIT (CDO), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF)

Rejected: 2 | Princeton (ORFE), MIT (ORC)


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Posted 21 January 2012 - 04:56 AM

This thread seems to be less active than last year's one... Here are my stats:

Undergraduate: Toronto
Major: Math & Stats
Courses: A lot of Stats (incl. some grad courses), quite a bit of math (incl real analysis, PDEs), econometrics, a few electives
GPA: 3.99
GRE: Q800 V700 A5
Recommendation letter: 3 profs, all supervised research
Research: two summers, one during term... got some nice interesting results. No papers though, 2 in progress... Is that bad?
Industry experience: a bit, pretty relevant, will have total of about a year by September
Awards: IMO, Putnam (hm last yr)

Applying to:
MIT OR
Columbia OR
Cornell OR
Harvard Stats

Edited by rem, 21 January 2012 - 04:57 AM.

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Applied (PhD): MIT OR, Cornell OR, Columbia OR, Harvard Stats
Accepted: MIT OR, Cornell OR, Columbia OR, Harvard Stats

#11 CanuckBoy

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 05:13 AM

This thread seems to be less active than last year's one... Here are my stats:

Undergraduate: Toronto
Major: Math & Stats
Courses: A lot of Stats (incl. some grad courses), quite a bit of math (incl real analysis, PDEs), econometrics, a few electives
GPA: 3.99
GRE: Q800 V700 A5
Recommendation letter: 3 profs, all supervised research
Research: two summers, one during term... got some nice interesting results. No papers though, 2 in progress... Is that bad?
Industry experience: a bit, pretty relevant, will have total of about a year by September
Awards: IMO, Putnam (hm last yr)

Applying to:
MIT OR
Columbia OR
Cornell OR
Harvard Stats


I've seen your name in IMO and Putnam competitions. Small world.
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Applied: MIT, Stanford, GaTech, Purdue, USC, and Toronto
Accepted: Toronto
Rejected: MIT, USC
Will Attend: Toronto

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Posted 25 January 2012 - 11:59 PM

I'm wondering why there are not many people applying for OR this year! (Or at least showing up here...)
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Applied: 9 MS: MIT (CDO), MIT (ORC), Cornell (FE), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF), Princeton (ORFE)
Accepted: 7 | Cornell (FE), MIT (CDO), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF)

Rejected: 2 | Princeton (ORFE), MIT (ORC)


#13 rayrayray

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:30 AM

anyone know the IE program in Columbia? Cause I found over 200 students were admitted in the OR program.....What about IE? Is it much smaller than OR? I am a new applicant from HK. Hi everybody....................
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Posted 02 February 2012 - 08:08 AM

anyone know the IE program in Columbia? Cause I found over 200 students were admitted in the OR program.....What about IE? Is it much smaller than OR? I am a new applicant from HK. Hi everybody....................


I thought they are both similar in size? How did you find out about the '200 students were admitted' thing?

PS. Glad to see more IEOR applicants! Seems like all the top programs haven't sent out offers yet.
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Applied: 9 MS: MIT (CDO), MIT (ORC), Cornell (FE), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF), Princeton (ORFE)
Accepted: 7 | Cornell (FE), MIT (CDO), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF)

Rejected: 2 | Princeton (ORFE), MIT (ORC)


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Posted 08 February 2012 - 07:15 PM

A lot of schools have posted results for their PhD program. I hope you all received good news!

Was encouraged by profs. to apply for PhD programs but I felt that my background isn't strong enough. Also, I am not really sure that I want to pursue academia so I applied to only Masters.

Undergraduate: Large State School
Majors: Math & Econ.
Courses: Lots of math including graduate stats. courses; lots of econ. including econometrics and game theory
GPA: 3.9/4.0
GRE: -redacted- for anonymity (90+ percentile for Q, V and AW)
Recommendation: 3 professors who knows me well (2 are research advisers)
Research: Senior thesis, conference presentations, and some projects here and there; no publications
Industry: Interned for NASA; Intern experience in financial engineering (2+ yrs.)
Misc.: Received competitive national fellowship; domestic student from U.S.

Programs (All MS):
Stanford MS&E
Columbia MSOR
UVa SE
UMich IE
UNC INSTORE
UIUC IE
GaTech IE
ASU IE
OSU IE
PSU IE
NCSU IE - Accepted
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#16 ORFEboy

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 12:34 AM

I saw a few rejections from Columbia IEOR PhD program today... Seems like we have quite a few IEOR applicants this year, so please come say Hi here! :)
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Applied: 9 MS: MIT (CDO), MIT (ORC), Cornell (FE), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF), Princeton (ORFE)
Accepted: 7 | Cornell (FE), MIT (CDO), Columbia (MS&E), Stanford (MS&E), UMichigan (IOE), USC (ORE), NYU (MSMF)

Rejected: 2 | Princeton (ORFE), MIT (ORC)


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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:09 PM

Hello for everybody,

I want to apply for MS program in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research for Fall 2012.

Undergraduate: the leading Russian Technical University in Telecommunication.
Related Courses: Discrete Mathematics, Probability, Statistics, Quequeing theory, Markov chains.
GPA: 3.92.
GRE: Q: 160, V: 150, AW: 4.
TOEFL: 101
Work Experience: Accenture - Operational Improvement Group (MC consulting) - experience in production planning, maintenance and realibility, capital project management.
Recommenders: 1 from a professor, 2 from senior managers from Accenture.
Publications: 2 articles (one about production scheduling and one related to telecommunication), but not recognized magazines.

Currently, I have the following universities in my list:

1) Columbia IEOR
2) LSE Master in Management Science (ex - Operations Research)
2) NCSU
3) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4) USC

What do you think about my chances?

Thanks!

Edited by KKirill, 11 February 2012 - 01:22 PM.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:04 PM

KKirill, your profile looks great, especially with the two publications! Btw, my father works for Accenture also in a different group, haha.

Have you heard back from anywhere yet? NCSU replied super early for me (2nd week of January) which was weird. Just found out I didn't get into GaTech today. :(

Edited by AwesomeAlgorithm, 17 February 2012 - 07:05 PM.

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#19 KKirill

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 08:48 AM

Hi AwesomeAlgoritm,

I've just submitted to Columbia and USC, and finalizing my application for NCSU.

Btw, could you please advice me which one is more recongnizable, in your opinion, USC or NCSU (from internal USA perspective)?

Good luck!
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#20 farhanqureshi

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:40 PM

Another question for AwesomeAlgorithm,

Seems like you are a pretty strong candidate. Did you have to send proof of financial support as a domestic student? Wondering if they received my documentation? :S

I'm international tho.

Thanks in advance and Good Luck for your other applications...
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