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Operations Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #151 (ARWU) Rochester, NY, United States
The operations of a firm involve the acquisition of productive resources by it, their configuration into a productive system, and their utilization in producing goods and services. These activities require decision making at strategic, planning, and scheduling levels. Operations Management at the University of Rochester is concerned with formulating and solving such decision problems. 
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The Operations Management at the University of Rochester stresses a balanced approach to the subject. Students are expected to understand the real context within which operational decisions are made, and to develop skills in modeling these problems. The emphasis is on the study of complex, large-scale systems needing integrated solutions.

First year outline

The first year is designed to provide students solid training in mathematical programming and probalistic modeling, and to develop analytic and research skills while introducing them to the basic issues faced by operations mangers. 

Students are expected to achieve an A- or better in five required courses, and achieve a B+ in all other courses.  Students will begin pursuing research during the summer of their first year.  By the end of the spring term of their first year, students should pick two research questions.  

By the end of the summer term of their first year, students should deliver initial drafts of the papers addressing these questions.  The initial drafts will be evaluated.  Successful completion of the initial drafts requirement constitutes passing the Preliminary Exam.

Second year outline

The second year is novel for doctoral programs in operations management. Students work on two individual research topics in conjunction with the faculty. These papers provide the bridge from class work to research. In addition, students will gain depth in the Operations Management courses and seminars. 

Third year outline

Students continue to take PhD seminars in OMG and should complete all the minor requirements. The students must work with faculty advisors to determine additional courses that might be beneficial to their training.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Advanced Price Theory 
  • Management Science Methods
  • Optimization
  • Theory of Prob. and Stochastic Processes 
  • Integer Programming

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed and submitted online application.
  • Official transcripts for all university level course work for which a grade was received must be scanned and uploaded through the online application system
  • Three letters of recommendation are required
  • Two completed essays submitted via the online application
  • A current resume is required to be submitted via the online application
  • The non-refundable USD $100 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2820 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    2820 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2820 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Rochester

  • 925 - 1350 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


In addition to scholarships and assistantships, all applicants receive a research budget to meet academic needs such as publications, unique data, study aids, and travel, etc. Additional funding is provided throughout the students stay in the program as various milestones are met.

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