PhD program overview

Supply chain management (SCM) incorporates the core areas of logistics management, operations management and supply management. The objective of the PhD program in business administration with a concentration in SCM is to develop scholars who are trained in and appreciate a variety of research methods for advancing knowledge in our discipline. Mentor and prepare PhD students to conduct high-quality research and teach in the field of supply chain management, and to position our students for placement at a top-tier research university.

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 or three 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:

  • Health sector supply chain management
  • Logistics management
  • Operations management
  • Supply chain networks and complexity
  • Supply chain sustainability
  • Supply management

The PhD program is designed to be completed within five years. Students hold research assistantships for all five 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.

Contact us

Department of Supply Chain Management
Office: BA 446
Phone: 480-965-6044
Fax: 480-965-8629