Operations and Information Systems

University of Alberta

Ph.D. On Campus
48 months
9250 CAD/year
5635 CAD/year
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Students in the Operations and Information Systems (OIS) major train to become scholars in Operations Management (OM) and Management Information Systems (MIS).  All students receive training in the fundamentals of both OM and MIS and in-depth training in at least one of these two disciplines.  


OM and MIS intersect in various ways.  The fields share a focus on understanding and improving business processes.  OM and MIS researchers often reside in the same university departments and belong to the same professional societies.  The goal of the PhD in OIS is to train the student to perform and publish first-class research, in preparation for a career at a research-intensive university.

The programme

OM is concerned with how to organize the production of goods and services by private firms and public sector entities.  OM research addresses questions about how best to design, plan, and execute the tasks needed to produce a product or service.  OM research has traditionally emphasized mathematical modeling, and in particular optimization, stochastic, and simulation models, but OM research also employs experiments, surveys, and analysis of secondary data.

MIS is concerned with the collection, storage, and use of information within organizations.  MIS research addresses questions about how technology and information shape and facilitate the work that is done in organizations.  MIS research uses methodologies from a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to the social sciences, mathematics, and computer science.

OM and MIS are closely related to the emerging areas of business analytics and big data.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introductions to Operations Management Research
  • Advanced Research Topics in Operations Management
  • Individual Research
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems Research
  • Advanced Research Topics in Management Information Systems
  • Multivariate Data Analysis 
  • Applied Business Analysis of Time Series and Panel Data

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Entrance in January is possible, but it is rare and done only in exceptional cases. 




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
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Other requirements

General requirements

Admissions to the Business PhD program are based on the following criteria

  • Previous academic record: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree from a recognized university and sufficiently high grades. They should also have a grade point average (GPA) for the last two years of full-time study of at least 3.0 out of 4.0 on the University of Alberta grade scale and from Canadian or American schools with a comparable scale.
  • GMAT or GRE score
  • Letters of reference
  • Statement of purpose
  • Availability of a suitable supervisor
  • Summary

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9250 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5635 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5635 CAD per year and a duration of 48 months.


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