IEOR PhD Program - Prospective Students

Earn a PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

Our PhD and master of science programs will prepare you with the latest theory, computational tools, and research methods for a career of discovery in academia or industry. You will learn to innovate in a wide range of domains such as artificial intelligence, high-tech, healthcare, energy, finance, consulting, data science, management, robotics, logistics, human factors.

UPDATE as of August 2020: Due to Covid 19 testing difficulties, the GRE is not required for Fall 2021 admits. However, you are welcome to include the exam in your portfolio. Learn more


Learn more about the Berkeley IEOR M.S. and Ph.D. programs! This webinar was recorded in November 2019.

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Recent PhD Placements

PhD Companies (2009-2019)

PhD Academic Institutions (2009-2019)

Apollo Management
Apple, Inc
Ascend Analytics
Bio-G (Bioproduction Group)
Credit Suisse
Financial Engines
Flex Ltd
Gap Inc
Goldman Sachs & Company
Google AI

Jump Trading LLC
Marvell Semiconductor
Microsoft Corporation
Nvidia Research
Senior Research Analys
Sentient Technologies
Synopsys Inc
T. Rowe Price
Trexquant Management Llc
WorldQuant LLC

Baruch College
City University of New York
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Innovative Genomics Institute
London Business School
Mathematics Geneology Project
McGill University
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
National University of Singapore
Naval Postgraduate School
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Northwestern University
The Ohio State University
Purdue University
Syracuse University
Tsinghua University

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Universidad de los Andes Colombia
Université catholique de Louvain
University of California, Berkeley
University of Maryland
University of Toronto
University of Oxford
University of Pittsburgh

Recent Grad Profiles

Kevin Li

Data Science at Uber

Shan Li

Assistant Professor at Baruch College, City University of New York Shan Li Class of 2010…

Yong Liang

Associate Professor at Tsinghua University

Mengshi Lu

Assistant Professor in Operations Management at the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University    

Isaac Yuan Mao

Portfolio Manager at BlackRock

Daphne Qi

Sr. Quantitative Researcher at proprietary trading firm

Wei Qi

Assistant Professor, the Desautels Faculty of Management, McGill University

Amber Richter

Quantitative Analyst at Google

Auyon Siddiq

Assistant Professor of Decisions, Operations and Technology Management, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Anderson…

Dashi Singham

Research Associate Professor, Operations Research Department, Naval Postgraduate School

PhD News

Renyuan Xu: “There is always uncertainty in life”

March 5, 2019

When IEOR PhD student Renyuan Xu was a kid growing up in Jinan, China, she found herself very curious about the future, especially where there was some uncertainty involved. “When we were kids, we sometimes had the feeling that something may happen, something may not happen. Will it be raining tomorrow? It has some certainty…

Fairness in machine learning paper wins INFORMS 2018 Data Mining & Decision Analytics award

November 6, 2018

IEOR PhD student Matt Olfat’s and assistant professor Anil Aswani’s paper “Spectral algorithms for computing fair support vector machines” won the INFORMS 2018 Data Mining & Decision Analytics Workshop best student paper award. Olfat presented the paper at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The paper can be found here. Abstract: Classifiers and rating scores are prone…

Berkeley engineers win 2018 best paper in data mining

November 6, 2018

IEOR PhD student Salar Fattahi and EECS assistant professor in residence Somayeh Sojoudi have won the INFORMS 2018 Data Mining Best Paper Award. Fattahi and Sojoudi presented their paper “Graphical Lasso and Thresholding: Equivalence and Closed-form Solutions” at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Phoenix. The paper can be found here. Abstract:  Graphical Lasso (GL) is a popular method for learning…

Announcing The Fall 2018 Grassi & MOR Fellows

April 12, 2018

The Department of Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR) has just announced the Grassi and Marshall-Oliver-Rosenberger (MOR) fellows for spring 2018. Grassi Fellow Matt Olfat has been named the Grassi fellow. Matt is currently a doctoral candidate in the Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR) department at UC Berkeley working with Prof. Anil Aswani on fairness in the context…


Application Process

Admission Deadlines

For more information requirements, fees, and about the program, read the Graduate Student Handbook.

MS/PhD Deadlines for Fall 2021:

  • Online application: December 15, 2020, 8:59 p.m. PST
  • Official GRE and TOEFL (if applicable) scores: (received by) December 15, 2020, 8:59 p.m. PST
  • 3 letters of recommendation: December 15, 2020, 8:59 p.m. PST

MEng Deadlines for Fall 2021:

January 6, 2021

Application link:

The IEOR Department does not offer Spring admissions.

The entire application process is electronic. Please do not mail any documents to the IEOR Department.

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Online Application - Due Friday, December 15, 2020, 8:59 PM Pacific Standard Time

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Heather Iwata (MS, MEng, & PhD)