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  • Major in Management Science

    Management science focuses on the design and administration of complex systems, and it is used to investigate a wide range of strategic and logistical problems. For example, a financial analyst might apply management science techniques to answer the following questions:

    •  What portfolio of investments has the highest return for a given level of risk? 
    •  What is the relation between option prices and stock prices? 
    •  What is the optimal combination of financial products for a given client?


    These are complex, multifaceted problems involving uncertainty and risk. Management science provides a systematic approach to such problems using quantitative tools and qualitative methods that assess the human and social dimensions of these issues. Management science techniques account for real world complications and constraints in an effort to provide sound, viable solutions to managerial problems. The result is often a substantial savings of time, money, and resources.

  • There are three components to the Bachelor of Science degree at MIT:  

    • The requirements of the departmental program (major)
    • The 17 General Institute Requirements (GIRs) taken by all MIT undergraduates
    • At least 180 units beyond GIRs.


    The courses that satisfy these components and explanations of how they fulfill the requirements are explained below.