Decision Science

Decision Science is a discipline of applying advanced analytical methods to help in making better decisions. Decision Science knowledge can be applied in the area of business and government, from health care, transportation, city planning, to manufacturing, finance and marketing. Thus, this program aims to produce students who possess knowledge and skills for scientific decision making; possess sufficient knowledge in integrating other fields such as economy, management, humanities, and fundamental knowledge of quantitative sciences; and apply the knowledge through practical and other problem-solving activities. The program encourages a multi-disciplinary approach in enhancing and enriching the personal development through operational research, decision support systems, simulation techniques, heuristic techniques, computer programming, and research methodology. The graduates who possess qualification in this field will be able to find a stimulating and rewarding career in many potential fields especially in organizations which face challenging decision making situations where they require skilled people who can integrate many fields and equipped with good analytical skills in order to make better decisions .

Awang Had Salleh Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
College of Art & Sciences,
Universiti Utara Malaysia,
06010 UUM Sintok,
Kedah Darul Aman, MALAYSIA.

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Tel: +604-928 5299
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Available Programmes

Research Area(s)

  • Big Data and Business Analytics
  • Big Data and Operational Decision Making
  • Business Value Of It
  • Decision Theory
  • Heuristics & Metaheuristics
  • Markov Chain
  • Multi-criteria Decision Making
  • Production/Manpower Scheduling
  • Quality Management
  • Resource Allocation Optimization Problem
  • Simulation and Modelling
  • Supply Chain Management
  • System Dynamics Optimization

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Local Applicant

Main Campus:
Semester 1: 30th June
Semester 2: 30th November
Semester 3: 30th March

UUMKL & Other Centres: 
Semester 1: 30th June
Semester 2: 30th November
Semester 3: 30th March

International Applicant*

Main Campus:
Semester 1: 30th May
Semester 2: 31st October
Semester 3: 28th February

*International applicants are encouraged to apply at least three months before deadline


  1. Research Proposal (for Programme by Research):
    1. Masters - 1,000 to 1,500 words
    2. PhD - 1,500 to 2,000 words
  2. Applicants without professional qualification (Bachelor of Education/ Diploma in Education/Certificate of Education) are required to attend and pass the courses as required by the University.
  3. PhD applicants need to attend interview related to field of study being applied. 


  1. For sponsored applicant: Letter of Undertaking
  2. For self sponsored:
    1. Master candidate: Minimum balance of USD5,000.00 in own account
    2. Doctoral candidate: Minimum balance of USD10,000.00 in own account