PhD Program Overview
The general objective of the PhD Program in Decision, Operations and Information
Technologies is to produce outstanding scholars who are well prepared for
careers in research and teaching in leading academic institutions or for
research-oriented careers in industry or government. For more information on
research in DO&IT and the Smith School, please see the
There are two majors offered in the PhD program in Decision Operations and
Information Technologies. These are the
(IS) major, and the
Operations Management/Management Science (OM/MS) major.
General Information About Our Application Process
Thank you for your interest in our department and in the topics of our
research. There are many creative and important projects in progress in our
department, and we are delighted that some of our own excitement has come to
you through our brochures and website.
If you have not yet applied for admission, you may request application
materials from our PhD Program Office.
If you have already applied for admission, you have done all that is
required to gain full consideration for admission and financial support.
It is not possible for faculty to provide an individual assessment of your
chances of admission to our department. The volume of such requests makes
such assessments impractical for us, and our department's admission
procedure makes them irrelevant. In our department, a faculty Admissions
Committee reviews all applications, ranks the applicants by overall merit,
and makes decisions on admission and financial support based on the
application material submitted. Your chances of gaining admission depend on
the quality of the applicant pool and on the quality of your application.
In particular, students are not admitted to the department by research
project directors, so contacting individual faculty has no effect on your
chances of being admitted.
The Department is usually able to offer financial support to admitted
students in the form of teaching or research assistantships or fellowships.
If you are admitted, you will be notified in your admission letter whether
you are being offered financial support and what form that support will
Admission to the department is not initially tied to any research project.
Final assignments of students to research or teaching assistant positions
are made just before each semester begins, after students and faculty have
had an opportunity to meet and hold interviews. Similarly, Ph.D.
advisor-advisee relationships are established by mutual consent, usually
after the student has completed a year of coursework and has passed the
PhD Qualifying Examination.
Admission to our program is highly competitive. We get as many as 600
applications for about 60 admission slots. It is hard to say "no" to many of
the excellent candidates who apply here. In the Fall of 2004 we received a
total of 134 applications for the DIT area, 92 for IS and 42 for MS.
Thank you for your interest in our department, and best wishes in the
Minor in MS for AMSC Students
Minor in MS for AMSC Students
details the requirements for doctoral students from the AMSC Program to
minor in Management Science, including comprehensive exam requirements.