Management Science PhD Degree Plan

Students typically devote the first two years to course work and research seminars. They take a comprehensive qualifying exam, based on the course work and seminars, at the end of their second year. During their second summer in the program, students write an original research paper on a topic of interest to them. At the end of the second year, each student begins to develop his/her dissertation research area, which is usually completed over the next two to three years.

Core and elective courses provide students a thorough understanding of management principles. Course work incorporates a broad outlook into the study of business theory and practice. A sequence of PhD seminars exposes students to traditional and emerging research issues. The program offers concentrations in areas such as Accounting, Information Systems, Finance, Marketing and Operations Management.


Calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and statistics (deficiencies may be remedied by taking appropriate courses) are prerequisites for the doctoral program. Students entering the program without an MBA or equivalent will be required to complete a minimum of four courses in at least three areas of the type normally required of MBA students to provide them with background knowledge required of professional managers. In certain instances, a higher–level course approved by the advisor may be used to substitute for an MBA-level course.

Degree Requirements

Year 1 and 2

Year 3

Year 4

  • Coursework
  • Area examination
  • Research papers
  • Research activities
  • Completion of Other requirements for area
  • Directed reading and research
  • Admission to candidacy
  • Formulation of dissertation topic
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Continued research
  • Dissertation defense
Students are evaluated annually on their progress in the program

Core Requirements

Required Core Courses

Secondary Core Courses (6-12 hours)

Students must take at least two of the following courses

Remaining requirements beyond the core courses are made up of approved specialty courses, research, independent study and dissertation hours as defined by a program committee appointed to guide and evaluate each student’s doctoral dissertation research project.