Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Winter 2009


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Decision Making

Course Number

ETM 530


The decision to select an appropriate graduate school is a very critical decision for a student seeking this opportunity. This paper uses a Hierarchical Decision Model for the selection of an engineering graduate program from five graduate schools in Oregon. The paper includes a brief overview of each criterion that was used in the model as the main factor that students think about when they try to select the appropriate graduate school for a master in an engineering program. In addition, there is a brief description of the five universities which are considered as alternatives in this paper. Additionally, the project report shows how the HDM was used to prioritize the alternatives. A Judgment Quantification Instrument (JQI) was developed to obtain pair-wise comparisons from various experts. Twelve experts responded to the instrument and their judgments were analyzed. Then, the paper explains how the calculations were made and final weights are then calculated. Finally, this project report also suggests the future work that can be done to further expand the model and include other universities from the northwest and other states. Further modification of this model could allow it to be used for all different types of schools and programs not just engineering or graduate programs.


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