Requirements for the Ph.D. in Operations Management

The requirements for a Ph.D. in Operations Management include:

  • Course work
  • Third semester qualifying examinations
  • First and second year summer papers
  • Ph.D. dissertation

A normal course load involves taking 144 units during the first two years, including core Operations Management courses and a minor area of concentration. The purpose of this minor requirement is to broaden the students' knowledge to make them capable of teaching a wider range of courses and to enhance their research capabilities.

The needs and preferences of individuals are recognized; therefore, the courses they take can vary. Examples of areas of concentration for the minor requirement are Probability and Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Management, Finance and Economics. At least 18 units should be taken in the minor area.

Students with appropriate preparation prior to their entry to the program may choose to take the qualifying exams prior to the third semester; however, they must take the entire set of qualifiers in the Operations Management area of study.

Tracks

The Operations Management Ph.D. program is organized into three tracks:

(I)            Modeling and Methodology

(II)           Modeling and Theoretical Analysis

(III)          Modeling and Empirical Analysis

The courses and qualifiers are organized according to these tracks, as illustrated in the following tables.

Recommended Courses


Track I

Track II

Track III

Linear Programming (LP)

LP

LP

Dynamic Programming (DP)

DP

DP

Performance Modeling (PM)

PM

PM

Integer Programming (IP)

IP or GrT

IP or GrT

Graph Theory (GrT)

Microeconomics I (Micro I)

Micro I

Advanced Graph Theory (AGrT) or Modern Convex Optimization (MCO)

Microeconomics II (Micro II)

Micro II

Advanced Integer Programming (AIP)

GT

EM I

Game Theory (GT) or Econometrics I (EM I)

EM I

EM II

Foundations of OM

Foundations of OM

Foundations of OM

Research Topics in OM

Research Topics in OM

Research Topics in OM

 

Qualifying Exams (Questions)

 

Track I

Track II

Track III

LP

LP

LP

DP

DP

DP

PM

PM

PM

IP

IP or GrT

IP or GrT

GrT

Microeconomics Question (Micro I, Micro II, GT)

Econometrics Question  (EM I, EM II)

AGrT or MCO

 

 

AIP

 

 

Foundations of OM

Foundations of OM

Foundations of OM