Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

PhD Program

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The application is now closed for Fall 2021 admission. Fall 2022 applications will open in mid-September.


Program Overview

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.

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    2020-2021 Information Session Video

    Interested in learning more about the University of California, Berkeley PhD program in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research? At this information session, Professor Alper Atamturk, IEOR faculty and MS & PhD students give a brief overview of the program, its curriculum, and the diverse career possibilities within the field.

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    Join Innovative Researchers

    As a PhD student in IEOR at Berkeley, you work with faculty that are leading experts in their field and become part of a determined cohort of researchers shaping a sustainable, safe, and inclusive future for our world.

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    Become Leading Academics

    With a PhD in IEOR from Berkeley, you are well poised for successful careers in academia, serving as researchers and professors in various technical departments at some of the finest universities across the world.

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    Explore Exciting Careers

    As a Berkeley IEOR PhD student, you gain theoretical and computational expertise to become an ideal candidate for innovative firms in domains like finance, healthcare, energy, services, and many more.

    How to Apply

    Application deadline for fall 2021 PhD program: December 15, 2020

    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.

    Admission Deadlines

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

    MS/PhD Deadlines for Fall 2021:

    • Application opens September 15, 2020
    • 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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