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2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog 
2012-2013 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Decision Sciences MS

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Program Director: Marlene A. Smith
Telephone: 303-315-8421
E-mail: Marlene.Smith@ucdenver.edu


Gary A. Kochenberger, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder

Associate Professors:
Deborah L. Kellogg, PhD, University of Southern California
Marlene A. Smith, PhD, University of Florida

Senior Instructor:
Michael D. Harper, PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Emily Roberts, MA, University of Southern Maine


The MS in Decision Sciences focuses on modeling and applications which prepares you for a career as a decision science specialist in industry or government. Today, companies in every conceivable industry are reaping the benefits of using formal mathematical models to assist them in addressing complex business problems. Decision Science graduates hold positions that bridge the gap between operations research/statistics specialists and management.

Learn to apply quantitative methods to real-world problems using modern methodologies adopted from statistics, operations research, and management science. Although the MS in Decision Sciences is founded in operations research methods, it focuses on applications of these methods in the workplace rather than the development of new operations research techniques. The managerial emphasis of our degree is accomplished through a comprehensive set of elective and required coursework such as data analysis, operations management, forecasting, project management, simulation and supply chain management. A required practicum course provides students with the opportunity (under the direction of faculty) to solve a real, complex workplace problem for a local Denver organization.

Requirements for the MS degree in Decision Sciences are met by the following courses and options:

Prerequisite course work:

Accounting: completion of BUSN 6550 or undergraduate accounting courses in financial and managerial accounting with a grade of B- or better along with useable knowledge of spreadsheets.

Total: 30 Hours

Notes and Restrictions

Decision Sciences electives must include at least two DSCI courses numbered 6000 or higher. Remaining Decision Sciences electives may be any of the following courses: DSCI 6000 or higher; MKTG 6050, Marketing Research; or FNCE 6480, Financial Modeling.

Students are not required to take a comprehensive examination or complete a thesis in the major field.

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