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The Management Science and Operations Management PhD Program applies the underlying methodologies of management science to deal with problems of developing, producing, and delivering goods and services.

In collaboration with faculty who are recognized leaders in their fields, you’ll use rigorous research methods and theory to help guide organizations to better outcomes.

Our Distinguished Management Science and Operations Management Faculty

Chicago Booth faculty in management science and operations management conduct pioneering work with lasting impact. As a doctoral student here, you’ll gain from their knowledge and experience through advising, mentorship, and research collaboration.

Dan Adelman

Charles I. Clough, Jr. Professor of Operations Management

Baris Ata

Chookaszian Family Professor of Operations Management

John R. Birge

Hobart W. Williams Distinguished Service Professor of Operations

Rene Caldentey

Eli B. and Harriet B. Williams Professor of Operations Management

Haihao (Sean) Lu

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Rad Niazadeh

Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Amy Ward

Rothman Family Professor of Operations Management and Charles M. Harper Faculty Fellow

A Network of Support

Chicago Booth is home to several research centers that offer research funding to PhD students. They also bring together a network of like-minded scholars who guide and support our students in their research.

Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation
Chicago Booth’s destination for people committed to tackling social and environmental problems, the Rustandy Center supports the work of PhD students and others who are focused on transforming the social sector.

Scholarly Publications

Chicago Booth is home to some of the world’s most prestigious business and economic journals. Today, the school is responsible for the management of three high-impact journals, while four others were founded at Booth.

Alumni Success

Our alumni have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry.

S. Alex Yang, MBA ’10, PhD ’10

Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations
London Business School

S. Alex Yang’s main research focus is on how operational and financial decisions are coordinated within value chains. His other research interests include fintech, value chain management, and platform economy. His PhD is in management science and operations management.

The PhD Experience at Booth

For Vishal Ahuja, PhD ’13, a key strength of the Chicago Booth community is its interdisciplinary nature.

Current Management Science and Operations Management Students

Chicago Booth is a top destination for students interested in management science and operations management. They come from all over the world to work with faculty whose work has had an impact on the way industry professionals, government leaders, and scholars conduct business.

Spotlight on Research

Faculty and student research in management science and operations management is regularly highlighted in Chicago Booth Review.

How Bookies Can Outwit Smart Bettors

Chicago Booth’s John R. Birge and Booth PhD candidate Yifan Feng identified a set of policies that enables bookies to strike a balance between learning from market participants and bluff-proofing their business.

Program Expectations and Requirements

The PhD Program at Booth is a full-time program. Students generally complete the majority of coursework and examination requirements within the first two years of studies and begin work on their dissertation during the third year.

For details, see General Examination Requirements by Area in the PhD Program Guidebook.
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