PhD in Management Science


This program is supervised by the Department of Management Science and Information Systems.  

Primary areas of interest are applied statistics, business analytics, mathematical programming, operations management, inventory theory, scheduling, manufacturing under uncertainty, queuing theory, and risk theory.  

Faculty research interests range from methodology research to quantitative modeling to empirical studies.  The MSIS department includes a number of world-renowned scholars.  Many faculty members serve on editorial boards of major academic journals, have chaired at premier conferences in operations and management science and have been members of NSF panels and other advisory boards. Research by the MSIS faculty is widely published in leading journals.

Graduates of the program have obtained academic positions at highly rated universities including Case Western Reserve, Georgetown University, USMA, and others.

Students who choose to emphasize management science/operations management should have solid college-level knowledge of linear algebra, analysis, and probability. The program is associated with the Rutgers Center of Operations Research (RUTCOR).



Course work, the qualifying examination, and the dissertation

A total of 72 credits is required for the doctoral degree. These must include:

  • at least 18 credits in dissertation research.
  • at least 36 credits in degree courses. (This can be reduced only if some course requirements are waived.)
  • 6 credits in the early research requirements.


Additional enrollments may also be required:

  • Students are sometimes required to enroll in non-degree courses to improve their English or their writing. They may also need to enroll in the non-degree course Teacher Training Seminar as part of their preparation for teaching.  These enrollments require payment of tuition, but they do not count towards the 72 credits required for the degree.
  • Students must enroll in 26:711:689 every semester until they have defended a dissertation proposal. This registration requires their attendance in MSIS weekly seminar. A grade is given, but the enrollment is for zero credits and no tuition is charged.


Students take three courses for degree credit each semester during the first two years. They take the qualifying examination at the end of the second year. During their third and fourth year, they write a dissertation. Within a year after passing the qualifying examination, the student should defend a dissertation proposal.


Foundation/methodology requirement (4 courses)

  • 26:960:575 Introduction to Probability
  • 26:960:580 Stochastic Processes
  • 26:960:577 Introduction to Statistical Linear Models
  • An additional course in statistics


Major (5 courses)

  • One major course in the Organization Management or International Business doctoral programs.
  • 26:390:552 Investments or 26:390:572 Corporate Finance
  • One of the four major courses in the Information Technology doctoral program or 26:198:644 Data Mining or 26:198:645 Privacy and Trust
  • 26:799:660 Supply Chain Modeling and Algorithms, 26:799:661 Stochastic Models for Supply Chain Management, 26:799:675 Marketing Models, or 26:799:685 Topics in Marketing
  • One of the four major courses for the Accounting doctoral program.


Minor (3 courses, selected from the following)

Any three doctoral courses approved by the doctoral coordinator.

Students normally complete these 12 courses in their first two years, before taking their qualifying examination. They normally register for at least two additional doctoral courses during their third and fourth years, while they are writing their dissertation.


Teaching requirement: Each student must teach at least one course at RBS in the area in which he or she is earning a doctoral degree. Before doing so, the student is expected to enroll in 26:620:701 Teacher Training Seminar, which is taught in the spring semester each year.


First early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Students write a paper with a faculty member, to be presented to the department during the fall semester.


Second early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Write a paper (ideally a dissertation proposal) with a faculty member, to be presented to the department during the fall semester. Part-time students may postpone participation to the summer after the third year.


Other rules and requirements: For details of rules and requirements that apply to all doctoral students in RBS, see Policies and Procedures.