With this specialization you will easily find work as an operations research specialist.

In this day and age, strategy development in both the public and private sectors increasingly relies on multidisciplinary teamwork. In the specialization in Operations Research (also referred to as Management Science or Business Analytics in business environments) you will learn how to design mathematical methods aimed at optimizing decision making by your fellow team members. Subjects extensively covered in this specialization include queuing theory and game theory. Upon graduation you will know how to apply and implement current analytical methods as well as to develop new methods for enabling ground-breaking scenarios.

3 reasons to choose Operations Research at UT

Well-balanced two-year programme

Operations Research offers a well-balanced two-year programme: one theoretical year of fundamental and advanced courses and one applied year with an internship and thesis. You can compose your own course programme by choosing different OR related courses. Both deterministic and stochastic operations research are strongly represented.

Renowned scientific staff members

Secondly, it has staff members with excellent scientific records as well as two specialized research centres: the Centre for Healthcare Operations Improvement and Research and the Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming group, specialized in energy.

Extensive network

Finally, it has an active group of over thirty Master’s and PhD students organizing student seminars, alumni activities and meetings with industry. Accordingly, career possibilities are excellent.


If you wish to join the Master’s in Operations Research, you are required to have a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in one of the following fields:

  • Operations Research and/or Econometrics
  • Mathematics and/or Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering

For detailed information have a look at the general  admission requirements.

Career opportunities

With this specialization, you will be an asset to all kinds of industries. For instance, you may find yourself assisting hospitals in designing more efficient logistical processes. Alternatively, you could be a member of an engineering team in charge of providing the necessary mathematical groundwork for sustaining technical consultancy. You might also consider a career as a researcher for the government investigating how municipalities can apply sustainable solutions in both new and existing buildings.

Continue as a researcher: obtain a PhD

Instead of pursuing a professional career as an operations research specialist right away after obtaining your Master’s degree, you can opt to follow a PhD programme at Twente Graduate School (TGS). This involves spending four years studying a particular research area in-depth at one of our research institutes. Obtaining your PhD will earn you the title of Doctor (Dr).

 Operations Research explained

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