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Curriculum

Course requirements are outlined below, but you should refer to the PhD Handbook for complete information on all program requirements.

Prerequisites

Students must develop or have competence in accounting, finance and marketing equivalent to one first-year MBA course in each area before graduating from the PhD program.

Major Requirements

Supply Chain and Operations Management Track

  • MGO 615 Econometric Methods and Managerial Applications I (required)**
  • MGO 616 Econometric Methods and Managerial Applications II (required)**
  • MGO 630 Operations and Service Management
  • MGO 631 Production and Inventory Planning
  • MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations
  • MGO 636 Supply Chains: Design, Modeling and Optimization
  • MGO 637 Purchasing and Global Supply Management
  • MGO 638 Logistics and Global Distribution Management
  • MGO 795 Seminar in SCOM/Strategic Management
  • MGO 797 Doctoral Seminar (must register for two consecutive years)

Plus three of the following (subject to approval of PhD program advisor):

  • MGO 617 Service Operations and Extreme Events Management
  • MGO 632 Strategic Quality Management
  • MGO 634 Project Operations Management
  • IE 504 Facilities Design
  • IE 506 Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • IE 551 Simulation and Stochastic Models
  • IE 572 Linear Programming**
  • IE 573 Discrete Optimization**
  • IE 575 Stochastic Methods**
  • IE 576 Applied Stochastic Processes**
  • IE 603 Location Theory
  • IE 661 Scheduling Theory
  • IE 662 Queuing Theory**
  • IE 671 Nonlinear Programming**
  • IE 674 Integer Programming**
  • IE 675 Game Theory**
  • IE 677 Network Optimization**
  • MGS 659 E-Commerce**
  • MGB 734 Organization Theory**
  • MGM 667 Marketing Research Methods**
  • MGG 619 (MGO 635) Business Forecasting**
  • STAT 501, 502 Mathematical Probability and Statistics**
  • ECON 611, 612 Mathematics for Economists**
  • ECON 613, 614 Econometrics **
  • ECO 721 Industrial Organizations II
  • SOC 578 Survey Research**
  • SOC 606 Research Methods in Sociology**
  • SOC 607, 608 Statistical Methods in Sociology**
  • CEP 523 Statistical Inference II **
  • CEP 509 Education and Psychological Seminar**
  • PSY 614 Structural Equation Modeling**
  • PSY 704 Research Methods in Social Psychology**
  • PSY 708 Field Research in Social Psychology**
  • GEO 531 International Business and World Trade

Strategic Management Track

  • MGO 615 Econometric Methods & Managerial Applications I (required)**
  • MGO 616 Econometric Methods & Managerial Applications II (required)**
  • MGO 641 Strategic Management
  • MGO 660 Intro to Entrepreneurship
  • MGO 680 International Business Environment
  • MGO 795 Seminar in SCOM/Strategic management
  • MGO 630 Operations and Service Management
  • MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations
  • MGO 797 Doctoral Seminar (must register for two consecutive years)

Plus three of the following (subject to approval of PhD program advisor):

  • MGO 661 New Venture Development
  • MGO 662 New Venture Launch
  • MGG 621 Game Theory
  • IE 675 Game Theory**
  • MGS 659 E-Commerce**
  • MGB 734 Organization Theory**
  • MGM 667 Marketing Research Methods**
  • MGG 619 (MGO 635) Business Forecasting**
  • STAT 501, 502 Mathematical Probability and Statistics**
  • ECON 611, 612 Mathematics for Economists**
  • ECON 613, 614 Econometrics **
  • ECO 721 Industrial Organizations II
  • SOC 578 Survey Research**
  • SOC 606 Research Methods in Sociology**
  • SOC 607, 608 Statistical Methods in Sociology**
  • CEP 523 Statistical Inference II**
  • CEP 509 Education and Psychological Seminar**
  • PSY 614 Structural Equation Modeling (PSY 614)**
  • Research Methods in Social Psychology**
  • PSY 708 Field Research in Social Psychology**
  • GEO 531 International Business and World Trade **

** Courses satisfying statistics and methodology requirements.

Notes

  1. Independent studies with faculty in the area may be used in lieu of those required courses which are not offered regularly. Any of the above courses can be replaced by other courses if competence in the above course area can be demonstrated through prior coursework and/or research experience. Permission of the PhD advisor is required.
  2. MGO 797 Doctoral Seminar carries one credit hour per semester.

First-Year Paper

Must be completed by the end of the first semester of the second year.

Second-Year Paper

Must be completed by the end of the first semester of your third year.

Comprehensive Exam

All students are required to demonstrate competence in their respective fields by successfully completing a comprehensive written examination. The examination is taken following completion of the course requirements, and will include material covered in the courses listed, along with the current departmental reading lists.

PhD Proposal and Dissertation

The PhD proposal is the penultimate milestone to successful graduation. You must present to the faculty sufficient evidence that your dissertation can be completed successfully before your proposal is approved. It may be appropriate for you, therefore, to include some sample data in the proposal to show how the data will be used in the dissertation. However, you are not be required to complete all data collection prior to making the proposal. You must successfully defend your dissertation before the end of your seventh year in the program.

Typical Minors for OMS PhD Students

  • Industrial Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Finance
  • OB/HR
  • Marketing
  • Management Information Systems

Requirements for a Minor in OMS

Supply Chain and Operations Management Track

  • MGO 630 Operations and Service Management
  • MGO 631 Production and Inventory Planning
  • MGO 632 Strategic Quality Management
  • MGO 633 Supply Chains and Global Operations
  • MGO 634 Project Operations Management
  • MGO 795 Seminar in SCOM/Strategic Management

Strategic Management Track

  • MGO 641 Strategic Management
  • MGO 660 Intro to Entrepreneurship
  • MGO 615 Econometric Methods and Managerial Applications I
  • MGO 616 Econometric Methods and Managerial Applications II
  • MGO 680 International Business Environment
  • MGO 795 Seminar in SCOM/Strategic Management

Competence in areas of accounting, finance and marketing are prerequisite requirements for certain courses. Competence can be established by taking graduate courses in these areas. Independent studies may be used in lieu of any of the above courses, which are not offered regularly. A comprehensive exam is required for all minors.