A doctoral degree in operations management from the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business uniquely positions a Ph.D. graduate with the experience and expertise needed to achieve an outstanding academic career. We are a top-ranked program with an exceptional record of research publications and an excellent history of Ph.D. student placement.
Our sizable faculty are prominent scholars dedicated to educating the next generation of researchers and educators on a broad set of topics. Particular areas in which we conduct pioneering research include empirical analysis of supply chain performance, innovation and technology management, and sustainable operations. Beyond holding key editorial positions in leading operations management journals, our faculty excel at applying their research to impact industry and practice.
Our Ph.D. curriculum distinguishes us from other doctoral programs in operations management in several ways.
- First, we exploit the substantial size of our faculty by offering unparalleled breadth and depth in operations management Ph.D. seminars (at least four topics are covered each year).
- Second, we strongly endorse diverse research methods including modeling, empirical, and behavioral laboratory experiments to address different managerial challenges in operations management. Rigorous training on a variety of operations research methods is obtained from ISyE (ranked No.1 industrial engineering program in the world).
- Additionally, we leverage the expertise of other Georgia Tech faculty offering courses on a wide spectrum of empirical and behavioral methods.
Facilitating Ph.D. Student Potential
Ph.D. students are immersed in research starting in the first year of the doctoral program, enabling them to quickly reach their full potential as academic scholars. We leverage each Ph.D. student’s background and skills based on their prior work experience and academic training.
Our culture embodies freedom and flexibility for students to select their research topics and advisors. To ensure focus and forward momentum, faculty engage with Ph.D. students on goal setting and provide clear direction for students to attain those goals.
In addition to one-to-one mentoring, we offer teaching effectiveness seminars. Ph.D. students are provided funding to attend conferences and workshops and funding is guaranteed for five years (subject to a student remaining in good standing).
Our Vibrant Community
The operations management Ph.D. program is a close-knit group that invests in community building and professional development. Ph.D. students thrive in the vibrant social and cultural communities at Georgia Tech and the Atlanta metropolitan area. Additionally, Georgia Tech has a large and diverse graduate student community. Atlanta has a very favorable cost of living compared to many other large metropolitan areas.