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.
|Year 1 and 2||Year 3||Year 4|
Students are evaluated annually on their progress in the program
|Required Core Courses||Secondary Core Courses (minimum of 9 hours)|
|Students must take at least three 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.
For Management Science PhD students that began the program Fall 2013 and earlier, the degree plan can be found here.