Ph.D. Program In Depth
Candidates successfully completing the SC&IS Program receive a Ph.D. from the Smeal College of Business, and must satisfy general requirements of the Smeal Ph.D. program (e.g., English Language Requirement). The course work encompasses four areas: foundation, advanced, supporting field(s), and research methods.
Total of 48 Prescribed Credits:
- Two courses (6 credits) in SC&IS principles/foundations, taken in first year
- One course (3 credits) that emphasize industry interaction, taken in first year
- At least 9 additional graduate credits selected in consultation with the doctoral committee or graduate adviser
- Optimization or approved Management Science course (3 credits)
- Stochastic Processes or approved Statistics course (3 credits)
- Econometrics (6 credits)
- Empirical Research Methods (3 credits)
- An approved methodological elective (3 credits)
The specific milestones are as follows:
A candidacy exam is taken near the beginning of the Ph.D. program and is required by the Graduate School. The purpose of the exam is to test the student's ability to execute a successful research program as part of the Ph.D. To that end, the Supply Chain and Information Systems Department administers the Ph.D. candidacy examination under the following policies:
After the student passes the candidacy exam but before taking the comprehensive exam, the student completes the following requirements intended to enhance his or her professional development:
After the candidate completes the required course work and the above requirements, a comprehensive examination is administered. The comprehensive examination includes both written and oral components. The written component covers the material covered in the candidate's courses plus the developmental work listed above. The oral component may also cover these areas and may also serve as a forum for the candidate to present a dissertation proposal.
Doctoral Dissertation Defense
After the candidate has completed his or her dissertation, the candidate will orally defend the dissertation before the dissertation committee and anyone else who wishes to attend.