Ph.D. with Production, Logistics, and Service Systems Focus

Course Requirements

Core Group – all courses in this group must be taken

Domain Groups – a total of three courses must be taken from the domain groups; students must take at least one course in each domain 

Domain I: Production Systems

Domain II: Logistics Systems

Domain III: Service Systems

Grade Point Average Requirements

A grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (C) or higher must be achieved in each of the above eight courses with the student averaging a GPA of 3.33 (B +) or higher in the courses.

Ph.D. Candidacy Exam

The candidacy exam can be taken only after completing the eight courses in the core group and the domain groups and meeting the GPA requirements. The exam has two components: an in-class written exam and an oral exam. A student is expected to pass both these components in order to successfully pass the candidacy exam. The process will be as follows:

  • In-class written exam: The affiliated faculty will choose an exam committee of three faculty members to administer the written portion of the exam. The written portion will focus on the methodology knowledge and its application. Each faculty member will write one question. Students will take the questions as an in-class exam format, and each faculty member will grade the student’s answer to his/her question. One of the following outcomes will be the result of this evaluation for each student:
    • Pass
    • Conditional Pass: The student will have to take an additional course selected by the affiliated faculty with minimum grade, specified by the faculty.
    • Fail: If this is the first time that the student has not passed the written exam, the faculty should provide feedback as to how the student should better prepare for the exam, if they think that the student can successfully pass the exam with additional preparation, or ask the student to leave the program, if they think it is in the student’s best interest do so.

If the student fails the written exam for a second time, the student must leave the program.

  • Oral exam: Students that pass or pass with condition the written exam will be permitted to take the oral portion of the exam. The oral question will be provided by the student’s research adviser. If the student does not yet have a research adviser, the question will be provided by the affiliated faculty. Students will be asked to make a 15-20-minute research presentation to the affiliated faculty. Questions may be asked by the affiliated committee around this presentation. One of the following outcomes will be the result of the evaluation for each student.
    • Pass
    • Conditional Pass: The student may have to take a course to improve his/her presentation abilities or take additional domain courses.
    • Fail: If this is the first time that the student has not passed the oral exam, the faculty should provide feedback as to how the student should better prepare for the exam, if they think that the student can successfully pass the exam with additional preparation, or ask the student to leave the program, if they think it is in the student’s best interest do so.

If the student fails the oral exam for a second time, the student must leave the program.

If Student Passes the Candidacy Examination

The Graduate School will be notified of the names of those who pass the candidacy examination. In addition, the student can officially select an adviser and other members of his/her doctoral committee, after passing the English Proficiency Examination. Informal selection of an adviser can be done at any time after the student starts his/her graduate program.

If Student Fails the Candidacy Examination

A student is allowed to take the candidacy examination only two times. No student will be permitted to continue in the Ph.D. program after failing the examination twice.

Please note: It is urged that the comprehensive examination is taken as soon as possible after passing the candidacy examination and the English Proficiency Examination

It is strongly recommended that students schedule the Comprehensive Examination within 18 months after passing the candidacy examination.

Doctoral Committee

English Proficiency Examination 

Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Requirements

Final Defense

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