College of Business Administration

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Ph.D. in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Typical Timeline

Year 1

Fall Spring Summer
PSY 532: Experimental Design (Uni-variate Statistics )  (3 credits) PSY 533 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology (Multivariate Statistics) (3 credits) Qualifier
ECN 576 : Econometrics (4 credits)
(cross listed as EEC, STA 576 )
BUS 609-002: Analytical Modeling in SCM
Dr. Chen (3 credits)
1st year paper due Sep 1
BUS 609-001: SCM Topics and Methods
Dr. Hales (3 credits)
BUS 609-003: Topics in SCM
Dr. Özpolat (3 credits)
BUS 601: Practicum in Business Teaching (1 credit) BUS 602:  Doctoral Colloquium in Business Research (1 credit)
Total: 11 credits Total: 10 credits


Year 2

Fall Spring Summer
BUS 609-004: BUS 609-003:  SC Information Systems
Dr. Schniederjans  (3 credits)
Research Methodology / Elective Comprehensive exam
Research Methodology / Elective 2nd year paper due
BUS 609-005
Dr. Karamemis (3 credits)
Total: 10 credits Total: 9 credits



Suggested Electives:

  • MTH 550 Probability and Stochastic Processes
  • PSY 612 Structural Modeling
  • CSC 525 Simulation
  • STA 502 Applied Regression Analysis
  • REN 570 Experimental Economics
  • REN 529 Game Theory
  • REN 528 Microeconomic Theory
  • REN 676 Advanced Econometrics
  • PSY 690 Mediation Modeling
  • ELS 512/612 Oral Communication skills for international teaching assistants (international students only)


Monitoring student progress and detecting students who are unlikely to write a dissertation (either not motivated or not qualified) as early as possible is very important to minimize waste of both faculty and student time. Therefore, we recommend the 2 following milestones, one being only given to students with low GPAs in their major seminars:

  1. Qualifier exam (in early June of the 1st year): Students who have a GPA below 3.50 in their first year’s SCM seminars will be required to take this exam.
    • The examination will be conducted by a committee of three or more members of the SCM faculty.
    • Those required to take the qualifier will be informed by the SCM doctoral program coordinator no later than May 15 and will be given a minimum of 3 weeks time to prepare.
    • Students who fail the qualifier will not receive graduate assistantships in the remaining years of their doctoral studies.
  2. First and second year field papers. Papers are deemed “complete” if accepted by a conference or student’s dissertation core committee.
  3. Comprehensive exam (after completing major seminars in SCM): The comprehensive exam will include questions from all 5 major SCM seminars (BUS 609: Sections 001-005). It will have both a written and an oral component. Taking the exam early, students will have the summer time to start working on their dissertation.
    • CBAs comprehensive exam guidelines will apply.
  4. Dissertation proposal (in the summer of 3rd year)
  5. Dissertation defense (in the spring/summer of the 4th year)



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