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:
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 â€“ 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
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.
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
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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)