AACSB 2017

Management Science PhD Degree Plan

Students typically devote the first two years to course work and research seminars. They take a preliminary exam based on the course work and seminars at the end of their first year, and 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. By 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.

The program offers concentrations in areas such as Accounting, Information Systems, Finance, Marketing and Operations Management. Core and elective courses provide students a thorough understanding of research methodologies and management principles. A sequence of PhD seminars exposes students to traditional and emerging research issues in their respective areas.


Calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and statistics are prerequisites for the doctoral program – every admitted student is responsible for ensuring he/she has satisfied these prerequisite requirements before joining the 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.

Incoming students complete a two-week math refresher in August, before the semester begins, to help prepare for fall classes.

Degree Requirements
Year 1 and 2 Year 3 Year 4
  • Coursework
  • Preliminary examination
  • Qualifying examination
  • Research papers
  • Research activities
  • Completion of other requirements for concentration
  • 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 (minimum of 9 hours)
Students must take at least three of the following courses:
  • OPRE 7310 Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • MECO 7313 Applied Econometrics
  • MECO 6320 Introduction to Econometrics (or ECON 6309 Econometrics I)
  • MECO 7320 Advanced Econometrics (or ECON 7309 Econometrics II)
  • OPRE 7320 Optimal Control Theory and Applications
  • OPRE 7311 Stochastic Models in Operations Research
  • OPRE 7330 Deterministic Models in Operations Research
  • MECO 6360 Topics in Industrial Organization
  • MECO 7311 Advanced Game Theory
  • OPRE 7343 Modern Machine Learning Methods

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.