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The requirements for the Ph.D. include:

  • Course work,
  • Third semester qualifying examinations,
  • First- and second-year summer papers, and
  • Ph.D. dissertation.

A normal course load involves taking 144 units during the first two years, including core Operations Research courses and a minor area of concentration. The purpose of this minor requirement is to broaden the students' knowledge to make them capable of teaching a wider range of courses and to enhance their research capabilities. The needs and preferences of individuals are recognized; therefore, the courses they take can vary. Examples of areas of concentration for the minor requirement are Probability and Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Operations Management, Finance and Economics. At least 18 units should be taken in the minor area.

Students with appropriate preparation prior to their entry to the program may take the qualifying exams prior to the 3rd semester point if they choose, but they must take the entire set of qualifiers in the Operations Research area of study.  For further information, visit the Qualifying Examinations page.

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