Ph.D. Program Overview
Supply chain management (SCM) incorporates the core areas of logistics management, operations management and supply management. The objective of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration with a concentration in SCM is to prepare scholars to conduct high-quality research and to teach at the university level.
The doctoral program is a full-time residential program for students whose career goals are full-time university research and teaching upon completion of the degree. Students are trained to develop the capability to recognize SCM-related problems, frame these problems into research questions and address them in a scholarly way. They are required to review, analyze, conduct and publish research. They are prepared to do this through a series of doctoral seminars and research methods courses and by participating in active research projects. Students are also required to develop their teaching skills through assignments as teaching assistants or instructors. Teaching assignments typically take place during the last two years of the program.
Areas of Excellence
Students work with faculty members in one of the areas of excellence within supply chain management. They include:
- Logistics Management
- Operations Management
- Supply Chain Networks and Complexity
- Supply Chain Sustainability
- Supply Management
The Ph.D. program is designed to be completed in four years. Students hold research assistantships for all four years. This allows students to get research manuscripts into the pipeline at top-rated research journals. Through our areas of excellence, research centers and faculty, the SCM program has special opportunities for industry based research projects.