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:
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 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: OVERALL - 3.50
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 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)