​Operations & Manufacturing Management Curriculum

Prior to the first year – mandatory attendance at math camp (offered through the Economics department)
First Year

Recommended Course Sequence

First Semester

L11 503 Microeconomics I (3 credits)
L11 Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)
E35 520 Probability and Stochastic Processes I
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Second Semester

L11 504 Microeconomics II (3 credits)
L11 5161 Applied Econometrics (3 credits)
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* The order of classes may change due to availability, and classes may be substituted with approval. A communications course (that focuses on oral communication) is also recommended during the first two year. When the student takes the course is determined by the student and his/her advisor.

Research

  • Attend OMM Seminars and other research events sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Begin research collaborations

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer after the first year, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st after the first year.
  • In August after the first year, students must attend an RA/TA orientation offered by The Teaching Center. This is required before submitting any RA/TA hours.
  • First-year summer paper – papers are due at the end of the first summer prior to beginning second year course work.
Second Year

Courses

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Engineering courses
Electives (directed readings, independent studies)

Research

  • Attend OMM Seminars and other research events sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Field exam
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
  • Second year summer paper – papers are due at the end of the second summer prior to beginning third year course work.
Third Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
B53 660 Seminar in Presentation Skills (fall semester, required)

Research

  • Attend OMM Seminars and other research events sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fourth Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)

Research

  • Attend OMM Seminars and other research events sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Dissertation Proposal – students must be able to assemble a Research Advisory Committee for the proposal of their dissertation and must submit a Title, Scope and Procedure Form as the committee’s approval of the proposed dissertation by September 30th after the fourth year.
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fifth Year

Courses

Dissertation Course (12 credits – 6 each semester)

Research

  • Attend OMM Seminars and other research events sponsored by the Boeing Center for Supply Chain Innovation
  • Paper Presentations (job market paper presentations with faculty and at conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Intent to Graduate (complete form online)
  • Job Market and Placement
  • Oral Defense of Dissertation
  • Submission of Examination Approval Form which signifies committee’s approval
  • Upload of Final, Approved Dissertation to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Submission of Documented Teaching Requirements to PhD Office

PhD OMM Courses

  • B57 OMM 650 Seminar in Operations Manufacturing and Management I
  • B57 OMM 652 Theory and Research Methods in Inventory
  • B57 OMM 653 Stochastic Models for Production and Service Systems
  • B57 OMM 654 Inventory & Supply Chain Management Theory and Research
  • B57 OMM 655 Dynamic Programming & Optimal Control
  • B57 OMM 656 Managing Flexibility & Risk in Global Supply Chains
  • B57 OMM 657 Research Topics in Supply Chain Management
  • B57 OMM 658 Independent Study in Operations Manufacturing and Management
  • B57 OMM 659 Directed Readings in Operations and Manufacturing Management
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