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Operations Management and Information Systems, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #401 (WUR) Toronto, Canada
The Operations Management and Information Systems area of the Schulich School of Business offers PhD students the opportunity to work closely with highly productive faculty at the forefront of research in such diverse fields as supply chain management, health care management, social networks, health and safety, innovation and sustainability, entrepreneurial decision making, and data analytics.
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Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the field, PhD students are provided with grounding in three quantitative areas: statistical methods, microeconomics and game theory, and optimization techniques. 

These core disciplines establish a rigorous foundation for research in the empirical sciences as applied to the field of operations management and information systems. During their second year of study, students have the opportunity to further specialize according to their research interests by taking courses approved by the OMIS PhD Coordinator.

OMIS faculty regularly publish their research within the best journals in their respective fields (such as the Journal of Operations Management, Management Science, and MIS Quarterly) as well as leading journals in other disciplines (i.e. Strategic Management Journal and Environmental Informatics Archives). 

Research interests within the faculty range from mainstream topics such as supply chain strategy and knowledge management systems to emerging topics such as environmentally sustainable business practices. While the area has a core capability in empirical research methods, OMIS faculty have successfully applied a range of empirical and analytical methods depending on the requirements of specific research programs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • Introduction To Applied Statistics 
  • Research Design 
  • Microeconomics Theory 
  • Strategic Operations Management 
  • Game Theory
  • Hierarchical Linear Modeling

Research Proposal

Prior to the end of their second semester, students must submit to the OMIS area PhD coordinator a one-page research proposal that reflects their general area of interest. On the basis of this proposal, students will be assigned to an OMIS area faculty member who will supervise and guide the direction of a research project with the goal of producing academic manuscripts. Students are expected to work on research related activities starting in the summer of their first year and throughout their second year. During the summer of their second year (prior to taking comprehensive exam), students must demonstrate research ability by leading a 60-minute research seminar detailing their original contributions.

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • A master’s degree from a recognized university with a minimum B average in the last two full years (or equivalent) of academic work.
  • Proof of English language proficiency if studies were not completed in English.
  • GMAT or GRE
  • Research Experience
  • Completion of the online application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    12518 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6259 CAD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    3708 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1854 CAD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Students entering Schulich's PhD program may expect to receive $25,000 in the first year. This amount is renewable in years two through five, provided that the student maintains full-time status and demonstrates satisfactory progress in the program. If a student defends his/her dissertation proposal before September 15 in his/her fourth year, he/she is eligible to receive an additional $2000 in year four. Funding in years one through three is tied to a research assistantship. Details are available from the PhD program.In addition, a limited number of International Student Fellowships for international students may be available in years one through five. This funding will be applied directly to tuition fees. Schulich PhD students who are Canadian citizens or landed immigrants may apply for the Royal Bank’s Student Line-of-Credit Program. If you are interested in the RBC loan program, please contact the financial aid office for more details.If you come to Canada as an international student you will need a “student permit” please visit the International Relations website for information on study permit, VISA and options for working on and off campus.

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