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In addition to the general degree track the ORC offers three optional tracks specializing in the areas of Operations Management, Networked Systems, and Analytics.

Operations Management


Students choosing to pursue the Operations Management track must satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following differences:

• The Hands-on-experience requirement can only be satisfied with a summer internship, preferably while a student is at MIT, with a company related to Operations Management.

• The student must take courses 15.764.1 (Inventory Theory and Supply Chains) and 15.764.2 (Revenue Management and Pricing). These subjects can be counted towards the requirement of eight graduate level classes.

• Serve as a teaching assistant in two MBA courses, which relate to Operations Management or one MBA course and take another for credit. At least one of the courses the student is a teaching assistant for should be a course with recitations. The list of such classes includes: 15.060, 15.071, 15.761, 15.762, 15.763, 15.768, 15.769, and 15.783.

• The doctoral thesis of the student should be in a topic related to Operations Management and one member of the student’s doctoral thesis committee, who should be among faculty from the ORC faculty list who specialize in Operations Management, will be responsible to approve whether the thesis topic connects to Operations Management.

Networked Systems


Students choosing to pursue the Networked Systems track must also satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following differences:

• The Hands-on-experience requirement can only be satisfied with a summer internship, with a company related to Networked Systems, if possible.

• The student must take 6.254 (Game Theory with Engineering Applications) and 6.268 (Network Science and Models). These subjects can be counted towards the requirement of eight graduate level classes.

• Serve as a teaching assistant in either 6.254 or 6.268, or other adequate subject.

Analytics


Students choosing to pursue the Analytics track must satisfy the requirements of the general degree track with the following differences:

• The Hands-on-experience requirement can only be satisfied with a summer internship, preferably while a student is at MIT, with a company related to Analytics.

• The student must take courses 6.867 (Machine Learning) and 15.071 (The Analytics Edge). These subjects can be counted towards the requirement of eight graduate level classes.

• Serve as a teaching assistant in 6.867 or 15.071 or another approved subject related to Analytics.

• The doctoral thesis of the student should be in a topic related to Analytics and one member of the student’s doctoral thesis committee, who should be among faculty from the ORC faculty list who specialize in Analytics, will be responsible to approve whether the thesis topic connects to Analytics.

 

 
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