Ph.D. in Analytics and Operations
Faculty research is often motivated by real-life problems faced by firms in diverse industry sectors such as military, airlines, television, technology, digital marketing, social networking, insurance and healthcare.
Analytics and operations faculty are highly regarded for their research productivity and placement of doctoral graduates.
Students begin their own research during the first year of the program and often present to faculty and other doctoral students early in their second year. Many of these papers are eventually published in academic journals.
Students will teach an undergraduate class usually in their second or third year of the program. Students typically teach three undergraduate classes before graduating.
BSAN 920: Probability for Business Research OR Equivalent Course
BSAN 921: Statistics for Business Research OR Equivalent Course
ECON 701: Survey of Macroeconomics OR ECON 790: Game Theory and Applications OR ECON 830: Game Theory and Industrial Organization
ECON 715: Elementary Econometrics OR BSAN 922: Advanced Regression
MATH 765: Mathematical Analysis I OR Equivalent Course
MATH 790: Linear Algebra II OR Equivalent Course
BSAN 740: Optimization and Perspective Analytics OR BSAN 750: Data Mining & Machine Learning
BSAN 934: Seminar in Probability and Statistics:_______
BSAN 935: Analytical Research in OM
SCM 995: Doctoral Seminar in Machine Learning OR IST 995: Seminar in IS
SCM 998: Independent Study for Doctoral Students: Empirical Methods in OM
A minor concentration typically consists of two or more additional courses from the following list, plus two or more courses from a second concentration area. Alternatively, a minor concentration requires four or more additional courses from the following list if there is no second concentration area.
FIN 710: Investments I
FIN 711: Investments II
FIN 712: Business Investment
FIN 713: Business Financing
ECON 790: Game Theory and Applications
ECON 800: Optimization Techniques I
ECON 817: Econometrics I
ECON 818: Econometrics II
ECON 830: Game Theory and Industrial Organization
ECON 916: Advanced Econometrics II
MKTG 952: Introduction to Marketing Models
MKTG 954: Pricing and Strategy
EPSY 906: Latent Trait Measurement and Structural Equation Models
EPSY 908: Structural Equation Modeling II
Area of Concentration
Most students admitted in analytics and operations typically will select that area as their concentration. However, an aspirant, with the assistance of his or her faculty advisor and the area faculty, may propose an interdisciplinary area of concentration that is a combination of the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, human resource management, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategic management. An aspirant may also propose an interdisciplinary area of concentration that includes emphases such as international business, law, and economics. The aspirant must take at least five advanced courses in the area of concentration. These courses may include those offered outside the School of Business. Examples of courses taken by PhD students include: DSCI 740: Times Series Analysis DSCI 740: Uncertain Reasoning DSCI 935: Optimization.
Coursework in the area of concentration is supplemented and strengthened by study in one or two supporting areas. A supporting area is one that supplements and complements the area of concentration. The aspirant will satisfy the supporting area requirement by taking at least four advanced courses in the supporting areas (at least two courses in each of two supporting areas, or at least four courses in one supporting area). The typical supporting areas for analytics and operation students are marketing, economics, finance, etc. Courses recommended for preparation for the qualifiers may not be included in satisfying the supporting area requirement.
For successful qualifier assessment, the student’s program of study should include adequate preparation in research methodology. A sound research is always grounded on sound methodology. A doctoral student in analytics and operations has the opportunity to develop methodological skill in probability and statistics, optimization, uncertain reasoning, game theory, and econometrics. A typical doctoral dissertation often utilizes one or more of the following research methodology: empirical, analytical, behavioral, and computational.
Coursework and research
Coursework and research
Comprehensive exams and research
Dissertation proposal and job market
Note: Some students complete the program in four years.