Pursue an academic or professional career in management science and systems. 

As a management science and systems major in the Management PhD program, you can choose one of two tracks of specialization:

Management Science

Emphasizes the use of mathematical, statistical and economic techniques to model complex management and management-related problems.

Management Systems

Emphasizes the use of systems analysis techniques, quantitative techniques, analytical and simulation modeling, and theory building, statistical analysis and other analytical methods in the structuring and resolution of management problems.

Work with Renowned Researchers

You will work with management science and systems (MSS) faculty members who are committed scholars, internationally known for their research achievements. They are actively engaged with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects. In addition:

  • Our management information systems group was ranked No. 22 in the world for research productivity; our production operations management group was ranked No. 15.
  • Our faculty recently held a conference on virtual enterprises and mobile technologies that attracted academic scholars and industry participants from around the world.
  • Globally connected, our faculty conduct many active research programs in North America, Europe and Asia
  • Our faculty have received funding from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research labs, Department of Defense and several others.
  • Some of our faculty have launched a premier information systems journal called Information Systems Frontiers: A Journal of Research and Innovation. The editorial board of this journal is comprised of key researchers (Nobel laureates and National Medal of Technology winners) as well as captains of industry (CEOs and CIOs of Fortune 500 IT organizations).

The Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Operations Management rank our faculty as among the most productive, nationwide, in the creation of real-world research. A small sampling of faculty research interests in MSS includes:

  • Virtual enterprises
  • Emerging information technologies
  • Supply chains and operations management, including B2B
  • Marketplaces, ERP and CRM systems
  • Health systems management
  • Strategic database design
  • Cellular manufacturing systems
  • Corporate strategy
  • Information assurance

Land a Position at a Leading University

Our graduates accept positions at major universities throughout the U.S. and the world, as well as at leading consulting and research firms. 

Recent placements include:

  • Brookings Institute
  • Washington University
  • University of Texas
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Mississippi
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • University of Rhode Island
  • Binghamton University, SUNY
  • Michigan State University

For more information about the particular research efforts of our MSS faculty, visit our faculty profiles. If you wish to speak to a faculty member directly, contact Haimonti Dutta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and PhD Program Faculty Advisor, Management Science and Systems.

For degree requirements, consult the latest PhD handbook.