PhD Program

Management Science and Operations Management

Management science is concerned with the application of mathematics and computer methods to management problems. Primary areas of concern are mathematical programming, queuing theory, and inventory theory.

The field of operations management applies the underlying methodologies of management science to deal with the problems of developing, producing, and delivering goods and services. The focus is on how to combine concepts, models, and data to help managers develop better systems and make better decisions concerning operations.

To view current research being done by management science or operations management faculty and students, see the operations management articles in the Chicago Booth Review.

Students who choose to emphasize management science/operations management should have had at least two years of college-level mathematics before they enter the PhD Program. The areas of most relevance to business are linear algebra, analysis, and probability; students with a minimal background should expect to take additional work in these areas.

For details on the specifics of management science/operations management as a dissertation area, see General Examination Requirements - By Area in the PhD Program Guidebook (PDF).

To learn more about the research being done by current PhD students, please view a listing of proposals and defenses across dissertation areas. To view a list of current management science/operations management students, visit the Current Students page.  

The following is a list of management science/operations management faculty:

  • Dan Adelman
  • Baris Ata
  • John R. Birge
  • Rene Caldentey
  • Ozan Candogan
  • Levi DeValve
  • Donald D. Eisenstein
  • Varun Gupta
  • Burhaneddin Sandikçi
  • Amy Ward
  • Linwei Xin
  • Yuan Zhong

For a full faculty listing, please access our faculty directory.