PhD in Supply Chain Management
The doctoral program in Supply Chain Management is designed to produce outstanding
scholars in the fields of logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.
Graduates of the program are well-qualified to take academic positions in colleges
and universities in the United States and abroad. Recent graduates have accepted
full time positions at the following academic institutions:
University of Texas at San Antonio, Arizona State University, Ohio State University,
Lehigh University, University of Houston, Michigan State University, National
Taiwan University and the University of Arkansas.
Students in the PhD program achieve excellence through: (1) extensive preparation
in the major, a related minor, and associated research tools (primarily statistics
or operations research); (2) joint research with faculty; (3) independent research
culminating in a doctoral dissertation; and (4) the teaching of courses for undergraduate
majors in logistics, transportation, and supply chain management.
Faculty Positions of University of Maryland, Smith School Supply Chain Alumni
The Supply Chain Management faculty at the Robert H. Smith School of Business
seeks to attract PhD students with strong academic credentials interested in pursuing
academic careers. Applicants should have a strong interest in both research and
teaching. Only students willing to work on their PhD on a fulltime basis will be
considered for admission. No part time students will be admitted into the program.
Competition for spots in the Supply Chain Management PhD program is keen. In
recent years, 30-40 applications have been received for admission into the
Supply Chain Management PhD program but only two or three students per year have been
admitted. Admission totals depend on the quality of the applicant pool and the availability
of resources to support students. Although the completion of a master’s level degree
is not a requirement for admission to the PhD program in Supply Chain Management,
it is one criterion used to assess the potential ability of applicants to complete
the PhD program. Other criteria used to assess applicants include: interest in pursuing
an academic career in Supply Chain Management; relevant academic and work experience;
math, verbal, and oral communication skills; and English language abilities.
Applicants seeking admission into the Supply Chain Management PhD program
should follow the procedures outlined on the website of the Robert H. Smith School
of Business PhD program. The
required "Statement of Purpose" should indicate the applicant's career intentions
and program goals as closely as possible. Preparation in differential and integral
calculus (2 semesters of calculus) is an admission requirement. All applicants must
be interviewed as part of the admissions process. Interviews will take place either
face-to-face or over the telephone.
Applications to the Supply Chain Management PhD program will be considered
during the spring semester, generally during March and April. Interviews will take
place during that time. Admission decisions are made by the Supply Chain
faculty subject to approval by the Director of the PhD program and the availability
of financial aid as determined by the Dean’s Office.
3. PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Each student develops a detailed Program Plan in consultation with the Supply
Chain Management PhD Advisor and the Director of the PhD Program. The process
of program planning can begin at the time of application and continue at orientation/registration.
A complete Program Plan should be in force for each student by the end of the first
semester, and subsequent modifications require explicit approval.
Formal transfer credit is not granted; however, course work successfully completed
at other institutions may be accepted as fulfilling some part of the Program Plan,
with the approval of the PhD Director and the Supply Chain Management PhD Advisor.
As the Graduate School Handbook emphasizes, a doctoral degree is "earned by competence"
(as demonstrated in exams and research), not by the completion of course requirements
The Supply Chain Management Doctoral Program consists of the following four
1. Major field – Logistics & Transportation (18 credits)
2. Minor field (12 credits)
3. Research tools (12 credits)
4. Additional course requirements which vary depending on the educational background
of the student but may include a graduate course in economics, two MBA core courses,
and a research methods course. A student wishing to pursue a double major would
need to take 18 credits in a second major field (instead of 12 credits for a minor
field) increasing total requirements by 6 credits.
Both major and minor field courses are typically satisfied by taking doctoral
seminars. Although the title and content of the Supply Chain Management doctoral
seminar are subject to change, the six major field seminars may be as follows:
1. Logistics Research
2. Supply Chain Research
3. Supply Chain and Information Technology
4. Logistics Modeling
5. Industrial Organization
6. Transportation and Supply Chain Economics
In each of the seminars, students read relevant research papers and are tested
on their knowledge of these papers. As well, students are required to write research
papers for each of the seminars.
Students are encouraged to choose a minor field that fits well with their academic
interests. Minor fields that work well with Supply Chain Management majors
include Marketing, Management Science, Information Systems, and Strategic Management.
4. RESEARCH PAPER REQUIREMENTS
Conducting high quality research is an integral part of the doctoral program,
and writing publication-quality research papers is an important component of the
doctoral seminars in Supply Chain Management. As part of the curriculum, each
student is required to write one research paper in the first year of his/her program
and a second research paper in the second year of his/her program. The grades received
on these papers count towards course grades. In addition, students are expected
to submit the research papers to reputable refereed journals; i.e., one submission
at the end of the first year of the program and one at the end of the second year,
after receiving permission from the Supply Chain Management faculty. Students
must meet this requirement in a timely manner to remain in good standing in the
Selected Recent Publications by Supply Chain Faculty, Students and Alumni
5. STEPS IN THE DOCTORAL
The typical time for completion of the PhD program is 4-5 years of fulltime work.
Throughout the PhD program a student will have the opportunity to discuss plans
and progress with a number of faculty members. In addition there will be an annual
review of the student’s progress with the Supply Chain Management PhD advisor.
6. FINANCIAL AID
Please see the PhD Program Web
site for a discussion of financial aid.
National prominence among leading universities requires, among other things,
a strong faculty research orientation. Maryland's faculty clearly has this orientation
and the research efforts of faculty members has led to numerous publications in
leading academic journals. The members of the Supply Chain Management faculty
are also active in various editorial and reviewing capacities for the leading journals.
High quality teaching is an essential requirement demanded of our Supply Chain
Management faculty and the faculty's teaching efforts has consistently ranked
among the best in the College.
Supply Chain Management faculty members include
Thomas M. Corsi
Michelle E. Smith Professor of Logistics & Co-Director, Supply Chain Management
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park
Martin E. Dresner
Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of British Columbia
Ph.D., The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business
Philip T. Evers
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Curtis M Grimm
Dean's Professor of Supply Chain and Strategy
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Robert J. Windle
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
8. COMPUTER RESOURCES
Through the University of Maryland and the Robert H. Smith School of Business,
students have access to a wide array of software packages that may be used for research
9. FURTHER INFORMATION
Further information is available from the
PhD Office’s Web site. For application
and financial support information, please contact the PhD Office at 301-405-2214.
For information on the academic content of the program, please contact
Robert Windle, the Supply Chain
Management PhD advisor, at 301-405-2187.