Optimizing College Degree Plan

Optimizing College Degree Plan
Authors : Harmeet Singh, Joon- Yeoul Oh, Kai Jin, Hua Li, Hee Joong Yang
Publication Date: 01-11-2014


Author(s):  Harmeet Singh, Joon- Yeoul Oh, Kai Jin, Hua Li, Hee Joong Yang

Published in:   International Journal of Engineering Research & Technology

License:  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Website: www.ijert.org

Volume/Issue:   Vol. 3 - Issue 11 (November - 2014)

e-ISSN:   2278-0181


This paper deals with applying the quantitative analysis technique to the MBA program in order to identify the courses that a student must enroll in each semester to complete the degree in a timely manner.The critical path method (CPM) is commonly implemented in project management to determine the critical activities in a project’s life. The CPM identifies a route which is necessary for timely completion of a given project. There are thirty six graduate and thirty under-graduate credit hours required to complete the MBA degree. The thirty under-graduate credit hours are pre-requisites for students with a non-business background. Twenty four out of thirt`y six graduate hours are required and the rest are electives. Some of the courses are offered each semester (Fall & Spring) and some are offered on an alternate basis, such as spring semester only or fall semester only. The pre-requisites, electives, and semester offerings are the constraints in this problem. This problem is formulated in a linear programming format with mathematical equations including an objective function and constraints.The time to complete a degree is major concern for each student because of the financial and time constraints. The CPM technique would be applied for a practical situation to advice students. This technique can also easily handle the situations that if the degree plan changes or if the student could not satisfy the initial degree plan and wants continuation.The results identify the courses that should be taken in each semester for a timely completion.


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