PhD in Supply Chain Management

This program is offered by the Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Business School, in cooperation with faculty at Rutcor and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Students in the program also work with the Center for Supply Chain Management.


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 transferred.)
  • 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 26:799:689 every semester until they have defended a dissertation proposal. This registration requires their attendance in the Supply Chain Management & Marketing Science department’s weekly seminar. A grade is given, but the enrollment is for zero credits and no tuition is charged.

Students take at least 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 concentrate on writing their dissertation, but they may also be asked to take additional courses.

Within a year after passing the qualifying examination, the student should defend a dissertation proposal.

Foundation/methodology requirement (4 courses)

The following courses must be included unless the student has previously taken equivalent courses:

  • NJIT IE 650 Fundamentals of Optimization
  • 26:620:557 Social Science Research Methods
  • 26:799:685 Supply Chain-Marketing Interfaces

Otherwise, courses should be chosen from this list:

  • 26:960:577 Introduction to Statistical Linear Models
  • 26:223:552 Microeconomics
  • 26:223:554 Econometrics - Cross Sectional
  • 26:960:575 Introduction to Probability

Other courses may be substituted with approval of the adviser, doctoral coordinator, and program director.

Major (5 courses)

These two courses are required:

  • 26:799:660 Supply Chain Modeling & Algorithms
  • 26:799:661 Stochastic Models for Supply Chain Management

Students are also required to take 26:799:685 Special Topics in Supply Chain if it is offered. Additional courses should be selected from this list:

  • 26:223:685 Game Theory
  • 26:198:621 Electronic Commerce
  • 26:198:644 Data Mining
  • 26:223:655 Econometrics - Time Series
  • 26:620 685 Business Ethics
  • 26:620:558 Strategic Management
  • 26:553:501 Cross-Border Management
  • NJIT CS 661 Simulation or 16:711:613 Simulation
  • Nonlinear programming ( Rutgers or NJIT Industrial Engineering)

Any major course in international business or any course from Rutcor is also acceptable. Other courses may be substituted with approval by the doctoral coordinator.

Minor (3 courses, selected from the following)

  • 22:799:580 Operations Analysis
  • 22:799:607 Supply Chain Management Strategies
  • 26:630:675 Marketing Models
  • 26:630:685 Special Topics in Marketing

Other courses may be substituted with approval of the adviser, doctoral coordinator, and program director.

Students normally complete these 12 courses in their first two years, before taking their qualifying examination. They are normally registered 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 in RBS before completing their 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. Students who enter the program with financial support may need to take this course in their first year in order to be sure of having an employment opportunity from RBS during the Summer.

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.

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