Game Theory and Operations Research

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 2.64 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 2.7 k / Year(s)  
401–500 place StudyQA ranking:3603 Duration:2 years You need IELTS certificate

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The two-year master’s degree program in Game Theory and Operations Research prepares
a student for a career in industry, science and education. The program facilitates learning
in modern concepts, techniques and methods in the game theory and leads the student to
different functional areas of operations research to apply it in future career.

The courses are composed to develop – the analytical, problem-solving and decision-making
abilities, the awareness of the socio-economic environment, and enhancement knowledge
in modern areas or mathematics and the involvement students to research. Possible areas
of research applications are different fields of economic activities, particularly in divers trade
negotiations, foreign and domestic investment, multinational pollution planning, market
development, joint venture, technological research and development, resource extraction,
competitive marketing, and regional cooperation, etc.
Students who complete education on master’s program will have abilities to make a research
in the field of game theory and operations research and obtain new scientific results;
to analyze the problems arising in specific areas, and construct the appropriate models of
decision-making; to construct a quantitative decision-making methods in economics and
finance; to apply mathematical methods for investigating and solving relevant problems.

Program’s obligatory courses:
• Operations Research and Theory of Games
• Modern Control Theory
• Statistical Decisions and Econometrics
• Foreign Language
• Queuing Theory
Program’s elective courses:
• Project Management
• Mathematical Models of Revenue Management
• Quantitative Methods in Applied Economic Analysis
• Financial Mathematics
• Game-Theoretic Models of Imperfect Competition
• Dynamic Games

Documents required to apply
1. An application for Admission to
an educational program
2. Copy of an identity document with
the indication of nationality
3. Original educational credentials
(BA diploma or academic record)
or a copy thereof
4. Photographs 3 x 4 (4 pieces), made
during the calendar year
5. Portfolio of documents including the
motivation letter, an essay on one of
proposed topics, and optional documents
approving foreign language abilities,
research and publication experience

Foreign applicants on government-funded basis should
also submit a copy of the medical certificate on absence of
contraindication against studying and a copy of the medical certificate on the absence of the H IV virus and AIDS

The educational certificate needs to be

  • legalised if required
  • recognized in the Russian Federation (to have either a recognition certificate or an equivalence certificate if required)

List and Forms of 2015 Admissions Tests for Main Master Programmes at St. Petersburg State University

Requirements for documents 2014


As specified in the Governmental decree of Russian Federation (October, 8 2013 № 891"On Fixing an Education Quota for Foreign Nationals and Stateless Citizens in the Russian Federation"), foreign citizens are provided an opportunity to take part in an Competition for state-funded educational places at Universities in Russian Federation, including SPbU (funded from the budget of Russian Federation). Information about order of admission will be available on this page in the terms defined by the Government of the Russian Federation.

Submission period
For russian applicants:
June 20 – July 10
(online application from April 10)

For foreign applicants:
- on government-funded basis: April 10 – June 15
- on fee-paying basis:
April 10 – July 10 (for applicants requiring an entry visa)
April 10 – August 10 (for applicants not requiring an entry visa)

The admission rules, criteria for the tests assessment, and
a comprehensive list of documents to be submitted are
downloadable from the Admissions Office web page:

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