Industrial Engineering & Operations Research

PhD Program

Apply to the IEOR PhD Program

Join the Next Generation of Technology Leaders

Deadline to Apply:
December 15, 2020

GRE is now optional

Application opens September 15, 2020

Call: 510.642.7983

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.

Register for our MS / PhD Infosession on 10/21

Interested in learning more about the University of California, Berkeley IEOR PhD and MS programs?

At this information session (10/21), Professors Alper Atamturk, Candace Yano, Rajan Udwani, Paul Grigas and PhD students will 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.

Admission Requirements
Application Process
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Student Profiles

Recent Grad Profiles


Gah-Yi Ban

Associate Professor of Decision, Operations & Information Technologies, Robert H. Smith Business School, University of Maryland

Gemma Berenguer

Assistant Professor of Management, Operations Management, Purdue University

Avinash Bhardwaj

Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Selina Cai

Assistant Professor, New Jersey Institute of Technology Selina Cai Class of 2012 IEOR Ph.D. What are you currently working on? Research in Operations Management What was the most important thing you learned while studying at Cal? Be an independent and critical thinker What do you miss most about being a student at Cal? Access to…

Chen Chen

Assistant Professor in the Integrated Systems Engineering department at the Ohio State University  

Andrés Gómez

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

Will Haskell

Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Management, National University of Singapore

Long He

Assistant Professor, Department of Analytics & Operations, National University of Singap0re

Mauricio Junca

Associate Professor Department of Mathematics, Los Andes University (Colombia)


Kelly Sin Man Choi

Senior Software Engineer at Google

Kevin Li

Data Science at Uber

Isaac Yuan Mao

Portfolio Manager at BlackRock

Daphne Qi

Sr. Quantitative Researcher at proprietary trading firm

Amber Richter

Quantitative Analyst at Google

Birce Tezel

Research Scientist at Facebook

Kai-Chuan Yang

Sr. Decision Science Consultant at The Walt Disney Company

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