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2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog 
2013-2014 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Decision Sciences MS

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Program Director: Marlene A. Smith
Telephone: 303-315-8421


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

Assistant Professor:
Cheng Yong Tang, PhD, Iowa State University

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

Joshua Bernhard, MS, Iowa State University 

The MS in Decision Sciences focuses on modeling and applications which prepares you for a career as a decision sciences 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 Sciences 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. The MS in Decision Sciences focuses on applications of mathematical models in the workplace rather than the development of new 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, data mining (predictive analytics), 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:

Useable knowledge of spreadsheets.

Electives (12 hours)

Complete 4 courses.  Decision Sciences electives must include at least 2 DSCI courses numbered 6000 or higher. Remaining Decision Sciences electives may be any of the following courses: DSCI 6000 or higher; ISMG 6480, Data Warehouses and Administration*; MKTG 6050, Marketing Research; or FNCE 6480, Financial Modeling.

*ISMG 6480, Data Warehouses and Administration has a prerequisite of ISMG 6080, Database Management Systems. This prerequisitie is not counted toward the MS Decision Sciences degree and must be taken in additon to the 30 credit MS.

Total: 30 Hours

Notes and Restrictions

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

Note: Business School MS degrees typically allow students to transfer in 9 semester hours from another university. However, the MS in DSCS allows students to petition to have a maximum of 6 semester hours transfer from another university. The transfer of required courses must closely reflect the educatioinal objectives of the Master’s degree in Decision Sciences. The evaluation of substitute courses will include syllabi evaluation and the accreditation of the transferring institution.

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