In addition to meeting application requirements, you’ll have to consider how much it will cost to study at your dream school. Colleges and universities offer scholarships and financial aid, as do corporations, associations, and the government. You might be surprised by the options you discover. To help you get a sense of your baseline education costs, here are the typical tuition rates for an operations research degree:

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 14,127 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

68% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,034 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

109% above average compared to other degrees

$ 52,622 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

63% above average compared to other degrees

What do operations research graduates earn?

Operations research students make an average of $100,184 per year after graduation. This is 50% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

16% of operations research graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 100,184 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 95% of degrees

16%
% of people underpaid in 2019

22% below average compared to other degrees

Tuition costs for popular operations research schools in the US

There are 36 schools in the US that offer a operations research degree. The operations research schools in the nation with the highest enrollment are University of California-Berkeley, New York University and University of Southern California. Here's a breakdown of tuition costs for the schools that award the most degrees in operations research per year:

School NameIn-State Tuition
University of California-Berkeley$14,170
New York University$50,464
University of Southern California$54,259
Northeastern University$49,497
Cornell University$52,853
University of Washington-Seattle Campus$10,974
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign$15,074
Rutgers University-New Brunswick$14,638
Columbia University in the City of New York$57,208

Top US schools for an operations research degree

The following chart lists the most prestigious schools offering operations research degrees, along with their average acceptance rate and tuition costs:

School NameAcceptance RateIn-State Tuition
Princeton University6%$47,140
Columbia University in the City of New York7%$57,208
Massachusetts Institute of Technology7%$49,892
United States Naval Academy8%$null
United States Military Academy10%$null
United States Air Force Academy12%$null
Cornell University13%$52,853
University of Southern California16%$54,259
University of California-Berkeley17%$14,170
Carnegie Mellon University22%$53,910

Cheapest US schools for an operations research degree

Of the schools in the US that offer an operations research degree, the following have the lowest tuition costs:

School NameTuition
Delaware Technical Community College-Terry$4,848
CUNY Bernard M Baruch College$7,062
Morgan State University$7,766
Utah State University$7,870
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill$9,005
North Carolina State University at Raleigh$9,058
Georgia State University$9,112
Missouri University of Science and Technology$9,246
Stony Brook University$9,257
Kansas State University$10,135

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