The programme is designed to promote profesional development of researchers, academicians, and other involved in decision-making processes. Decision Science profesionals are relevant in many fields such as manufacturing, marketing, banking, finance, logistics, healthcare, transportation, telecommunication, forestry, military, and energy, among others.

  • To provide graduates with a strong scientific and quantitative knowledge.

  • To train graduates to have skills in problem solving through model development, analysis and communication to meet industries's need.

  • To equip graduates with the ability to carry out quantitative decision making research under supervision.

  • To promote graduates who are professional in making decisions.

Applicants must possess;

  1. A Bachelor’s degree with honours from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognized by the University Senate with a CGPA of at least 2.75; OR

  2. A Bachelor’s degree from Universiti Utara Malaysia or any other institutions of higher learning recognized by the University Senate with a CGPA of 2.00 until 2.75 and work experience in related field; OR

  3. A Diploma from any institution of higher learning recognized by the University Senate with at least ten (10) years relevant work experience, aged 35 years or more and passed the APEL test (rank 7); OR

  4. Any other equivalent qualifications recognized by the University Senate; AND

  5. Fulfil the English Language requirement as set by the University Senate.


English Language Requirements

International students must fulfil one of the English requirements set by the University before they are accepted for admission.

  1. Students need to obtain

    1. 550 in TOEFL written test; OR

    2. 80 in the TOEFL website test;

  2. Score not less than 6.0 in IELTS test;

  3. Possessed a bachelor's degree from any countries whose language of instruction is English (ie Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Island, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Micronesia, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Guyana, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Montserrat, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Zambia an Zimbabwe); OR

  4. Degree from any Public Universities in Malaysia with English as the medium of instruction;

  5. Degree from any Private Universities or University Colleges in Malaysia listed in the Malaysian Qualifications Register (MQR).

If students do not fulfil any of the above English requirements, they must attend English Language Course for International Students for at least one semester and pass the course before they are allowed to apply for postgraduate programme.

This programme is offered by coursework and dissertation (mixed mode). Students are required to complete 40 credit hours, which comprises the following:

Core Courses (20 credit hours)

  • Business Programming using Visual Tools
  • Business Intelligence and Analytics for Decision Support
  • Simulation for Decision Making
  • Operational Research
  • Heuristics Techniques for Combinatorial Optimization Problems
  • Research Methodology

Dissertation (20 credit hours)

  • Small scale of research to solve industrial problem using any decision science techniques that will be supervised by at least one expert from SQS.

*Two semester per academic session


   Minimum  Maximum
 Full Time  3 semester (1.5 years) 6 semester (3 years) 
 Part Time  5 semester (2.5 years) 10 semester (5 years)

*Three semester per academic session


   Minimum  Maximum
 Full Time  3 semester (1 year) 9 semester (3 years) 
 Part Time  6 semester (2 years) 15 semester (5 years)


Closing Date for LOCAL Applicants
Closing Date for INTERNATIONAL Applicants