MS in Mathematics with Operations Research and Statistics Option is for students who wish to specialize in operations research and statistics.
The department has a number of teaching and research assistantships for graduate students. These assistantships provide a stipend and tuition waiver. Teaching assistants typically work 20 hours per week teaching sections precalculus and calculus courses, supervising calculus "laboratories", and tutoring students in the department's help room. Research assistants work on research projects within the department and in conjunction with other researchers at New Mexico Tech.
Students preparing for a career in this area need to develop a broad background in mathematics, modeling skills, computer skills, and communication skills. The mathematics department's professional development seminar, courses in applied mathematics, operations research, and statistics, and research projects are intended to help students to develop the necessary skills. Students often work on thesis projects in collaboration with other researchers at New Mexico Tech and elsewhere. Recent graduates have found employment at BDM, Hughes Aircraft, Microsoft, The Naval Surface Warfare Center, Phillips Laboratories, and other industrial organizations and government laboratories.