Operations Research

Advanced Graduate Certificate

The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Operations Research provides students with the fundamental applied mathematics tools for developing protocols for the efficient management of private companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. In today's global marketplace, organizations need to be efficient to survive. The Operations Research program will provide formal training in methods of optimization, modeling and statistics used in operations research. The objective of this program is to help individuals assist organizations to make efficient use of their resources so as to maximize efficiency and minimize net cost. Graduates of this program may be able to advance in management and organizational planning positions within their current employment or obtain new employment. It is recommended that applicants to the program hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics, engineering or computer science.

The program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and articulates with the M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics as well as the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies offered through SPD. If you intend to pursue the M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, please refer to the University's Graduate Bulletin for any additional admission requirements.

Students in this program are welcome to use the University's Computing Center, the central facility for instructional, research, and administrative computing. All students are eligible for a campus-based computer account and may use dial-up numbers for access from off-site locations.


Course of Study
This advanced graduate certificate program consists of 6 three-credit courses, chosen from the graduate curriculum of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics. There are five required courses in the program and one elective course. The core courses have been carefully chosen to provide a broad-based background as well as in-depth exposure to the applied mathematical and statistical tools required to be successful on the job-site. The elective course can be any graduate course in applied mathematics and statistics, management and policy, or computer science, which has been approved in concert with the student's advisor as appropriate.

AMS 507/CET 551 Introduction to Probability
AMS 540/CET 552 Linear Programming
AMS 550/CET 553 Stochastic Models
AMS 553/CET 554 Simulation and Modeling
AMS 576/CET 555 Statistical Methods for Social Scientists

ELECTIVE - 3 credits
Any graduate course in applied mathematics and statistics, management and policy, or computer science, which has been approved by the student's advisor.

All certificate requirements must be completed within three (3) years from the semester date of admission as a matriculated student. NOTE: If the certificate program is taken in collaboration with a graduate degree program, then the student has five years for completion of the certificate.

Note: When a student is admitted or readmitted to an SPD degree or certificate program, students may petition SPD to have Stony Brook University graduate level courses that are older than five (5) years, and no older than 10 years, individually evaluated by the appropriate academic department/faculty to determine if the credits may be applied toward current SPD degree/certificate requirements. Grades in such courses must be "B" or better. (B- grades are ineligible for review.) For transfer credits from external institutions, please see guidelines at: (PDF).

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition and fee information is published on the Bursar's website. This program is eligible for financial aid. View the mandated Gainful Employment Disclosure Information.

How to Apply

Stony Brook University applications are accepted online. 


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Contact Information

For academic questions, please contact:

Dr. David Green
AMS Graduate Program Director

For admission questions, contact SPD at 631.632.7050 or

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