Operations Management Specialization

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. in operations management. The Operations Management (OM) specialization offers exciting opportunities to pursue new research directions in the areas of new product development, supply chain operations, healthcare operations, production and quality management, technology management, and service operations.

Each student’s program of study is tailored to the student’s needs and interests. Students work with their department Ph.D. Committee or Supervisory Committee Chair to design their program of study. Below is an illustrative list of classes that might be used to compose a program of study.

A minimum of 15 major field, 9 allied field, and 15 research competency credit hours are required. Three credit hours in research must be a Philosophy of Science course. Students are also required to take an effective teaching course, which is held the week between spring and summer semesters of their first year. Once students have completed all the necessary requirements to advance to candidacy, they are then required to complete a minimum of 14 hours of thesis research.

To learn more about each course, read the course descriptions in the General Catalog and Class Schedules.

Typical Program of Study

  • OIS 7720: Special Topics in Operations Management
  • OIS 7740: Research in Operations Management
  • OIS 7910: Independent Study in Operations Management (can be taken multiple times, covering different subtopics in Operations)
  • FINAN 7800: Financial Economics Seminar
  • ACCTG 7130: Information Economics
  • FINAN 7820: Econometrics I
  • FINAN 7825: Econometrics II
  • MATH 6210: Real Analysis
  • MATH 6805: Introduction to Probability
  • PSY 6500: Quantitative Methods I
  • PSY 6510: Quantitative Methods II
  • MATH 6810: Stochastic Processes and Simulation
  • MATH 6815: Stochastic Processes and Simulation II
  • ED PS 7010: Quantitative Methods I
  • ED PS 7020: Quantitative Methods II
  • MGT 7200: Cross-Discipline Seminar
  • MGT 7300: Effective Teaching

Ideal Candidates

There are no formal education requirements other than a bachelor’s degree. Specifically, an MBA is not required.

We seek applicants who have strong interests in pursuing academic careers and have the skills necessary to successfully complete the program and conduct accounting research. Ideal candidates are motivated, are naturally curious, understand accounting and its role in business and the economy, and have strong quantitative skills (e.g., mathematics and statistics), data analysis skills (e.g., computer programming or statistical programming), and written and verbal communication skills. Additional coursework can be provided to compensate for a lack of quantitative background in cases where the faculty believe an applicant’s other qualifications are exceptional.

We admit students once per year, and applications are due by December 31.

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