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M.Sc. - Ph.D. Dual Degree

The M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree in Operations Research is an integrated doctoral programme, for those interested in a research oriented career.  The programme is open for students with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics or Statistics, and interested in research in engineering / interdisciplinary areas. The academic programme leading to the M.Sc.-Ph.D. dual degree involves foundation courses, advanced courses and research work. The candidate will be awarded both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees simultaneously on successful completion of the program.

Admission Scheme: Admission for M.Sc.-Ph.D. in Operations Research is through the JAM exam. CLICK HERE for details on the admission procedure.

M.Sc-Ph.D Programme duration: Minimum of 5 years. The first 2 years of course work is towards an M.Sc. degree, followed by research work of a minimum of 3 years towards the Ph.D. degee.

Financial Support: Teaching Assistantship (TAship) will be provided from the first year onwards for a maximum of 6 years, subject to fulfillment of academic criteria and satisfactory research progress. The fellowship amounts are as follows:

  • Rs. 6,000 p.m. from date of joining till confirmation of Ph.D. registration.
  • Rs. 25,000 p.m. after confirmation of Ph.D. registration.

Students who qualify in the national level exams conducted by UGC, JRF, CSIR, GATE, DBT and ICMR can avail of these fellowships from the commencement of Semester V.

Exit Policy: A candidate who fails to maintain a minimum CPI of 6.0 during their course work will have to leave the program. M.Sc. degree will be awarded to such candidates after completing their M.Sc. course work credit. Also, candidate who choose to leave the program mid-way will not be awarded any degree.

Course Work: Coursework includes compulsory and elective courses spread over five semesters. CLICK HERE to view the M.Sc.-Ph.D. course structure and curriculum.

Ph.D. Qualifying Exam: Students need to take a Ph.D. Qualifying exam during their third year.

Research progress: This will be monitored by a Research Progress Committee, mainly through an Annual Progress Seminar presented by the student. Each APS should be conducted latest in the January semester third year onwards.

M.Sc. project vis-a-vis Ph.D. topic: A student may continue his/her M.Sc. project for Ph.D. but may choose a different topic also.

Further information regarding the rules and regulations of the M.Sc.-Ph.D. Programme is available on the IITB academics page.