The core strength comprising the discipline of Operations Research (OR) at Georgia Tech resides in the Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. One of the largest programs in the country, nearly two dozen or approximately half of the entire Stewart School faculty is directly responsible for the OR Program through teaching and research activities that span virtually every topic and sub-discipline related to the field's basic methodologies of optimization, stochastics/applied probability and simulation. Most important, the OR Faculty in the School currently counts among its members some of the most important figures in their respective concentrations, also making the program one of the strongest anywhere. The OR Program supports two degrees: The Master of Science and the Ph.D. in Operations Research.
Students are attracted to this OR Program from a variety of academic disciplines and specializations. Most prominent are applicants from mathematics/mathematical sciences, theoretical computer science, and various engineering majors such as electrical and industrial engineering. However, it is not uncommon to also find qualified students from fields such as physics, economics, and statistics. An added attraction, indeed another strength of the OR Program at Georgia Tech is its close relationship with and participation in similar academic and research activities across campus including the elite interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization (ACO) as well as the Algorithms & Randomness Center (ARC).