Department of Operational Sciences

Department of Operational Sciences
Program Details

Doctoral Degree Programs
Current as of: 08/27/2014

Degree Type: PhD

The Department of Operational Sciences offers two Doctoral programs that lead to the award of a Ph.D. Both degrees are research degrees that recognize mastery of a field of study, a demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, and the dissemination of significant and original contributions to the body of knowledge in their respective fields. Specific details regarding each program are provided in the links below.

Programs

  • Logistics (Ph.D.)
  • Operations Research (Ph.D.)


Research Specialities

  • Logistics Research Areas
  • Operations Research Areas
     

Logistics - (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree entails completion of rigorous coursework requirements that prepare the student for advanced research and analysis in a chosen field of study. The doctoral degree is generally characterized as a research degree with substantial emphasis placed on the completion of the dissertation research. The degree has strong interdisciplinary support, with typical technical methods options in reliability, optimization, applied statistics, or systems engineering areas.


Close interaction between the student and his/her research advisory committee plays a pivotal role in the successful completion of the Ph.D. program. Equally important is the discipline and dedication of the student, as independent study is a critical element for timely program completion.

Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities upon graduation) produce graduates who:

The graduates will be able to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field.


The graduates will be able to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the frontiers of knowledge.


The graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, ethics, and independence of thought and action expected of a scholar.


The graduates will have extended and effectively communicated knowledge in his or her field.

 

Admissions Criteria

Degree Required:

A quality bachelor’s degree.
A quality master’s degree. Successful completion of a master’s thesis is very desirable.


Typically, students entering the Ph.D. program will possess a M.S. degree in logistics, supply chain management, operations research, operations management, industrial engineering, or other relevant field.


Test Required: GRE scores of at least 156 (verbal) and 151 (quantitative) on the Education Testing Service (ETS) new GRE score scale effective August 2011 (Concordance table for test scores 1 Nov 2011 – 30 Jun 2012) or 550 (verbal) and 650 (quantitative) for GRE tests taken/scored under the old scale used by ETS prior to August 2011.
GPA Required: Undergraduate - 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; Graduate – 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case by case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.
This program also allows exceptionally well-qualified students to pursue a Ph.D. directly from Bachelor degree programs. Participants in the program need to fulfill all the requirements of the Logistics M.S. program and those prescribed in this guide.

Degree Requirements


Residency requirement (three consecutive quarters of full time study in residence during any contiguous four-quarter period.
Core Courses (18 hours)
Technical Methods (6 hours minimum)
Mathematics required (8 hours)
Elective (4 hours)
Successfully pass the Specialty Examination
Dissertation Research (48 hours)
Oral defense of doctoral dissertation


For more information view:

Ph.D. Program Guide
Contact Information

Visit the Admissions Website
Email Admissions Office Counselor
Call Admissions Office Counselors: 1-800-211-5097 ext: 3184
For further information on the Operations Research Ph.D. Program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:

Ph.D. Program Director
Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice:(937) 255-2549 (DSN 785)


Email Ph.D. Director

 

Operations Research - (Ph.D.)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Operations Research entails completion of rigorous coursework requirements that prepare the student for advanced research and analysis in the field. The doctoral degree is characterized as a research degree with substantial emphasis placed on the completion of the dissertation research. Close interaction between the student and his/her research advisory committee plays a pivotal role in the successful completion of the Ph.D. program. Equally important is the discipline and dedication of the student, as independent study is a critical element for timely completion of the program.


Program Outcomes (POs)

Our Program Outcomes (student knowledge/skills/abilities upon graduation) produce graduates who:

The graduates will be able to understand and evaluate critically the literature of the field.


The graduates will be able to apply appropriate principles and procedures to the recognition, evaluation, interpretation, and understanding of issues and problems at the frontiers of knowledge.


The graduates will have acquired the knowledge, skills, ethics, and independence of thought and action expected of a scholar.


The graduates will have extended and effectively communicated knowledge in his or her field.

Admissions Criteria

Degree Required: MS in Operations Research, Systems Analysis, Operations Analysis, Mathematics, or other highly quantitative field of study.


Test Required: GRE scores of at least 156 (verbal) and 151 (quantitative) on the Education Testing Service (ETS) new GRE score scale effective August 2011 (Concordance table for test scores 1 Nov 2011 – 30 Jun 2012) or 550 (verbal) and 650 (quantitative) for GRE tests taken/scored under the old scale used by ETS prior to August 2011.


GPA Required: OVERALL - 3.50


Waivers to the above criteria may be granted on a case by case basis. Therefore, individuals whose academic credentials fall below any of the above criteria are encouraged to apply.

Degree Requirements

Residency requirement (three consecutive quarters)
Specialization Courses (24 hours)
Mathematics required (8 hours)
Minor Courses (9 hours)
Successfully pass the Specialty Examination
Dissertation Research (48 hours)
Admission to candidacy (one year prior to graduation)
Oral defense of doctoral dissertation

For more information view:

Ph.D. Program Guide
Completed Doctoral Dissertations

Contact Information

Visit the Admissions Website
Email Admissions Office Counselor
Call Admissions Office Counselors: 1-800-211-5097 ext: 3184
For further information on the Operations Research Ph.D. Program curriculum or the acquisition of graduates, please contact:


Ph.D. Program Director

Department of Operational Sciences
Air Force Institute of Technology

AFIT/ENS, Bldg 641
2950 Hobson Way
Wright Patterson AFB OH 45433-7765
Voice:(937) 255-2549 (DSN 785)

Email Ph.D. Director

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

 

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