Ph.D. in Manufacturing and Technology Management

Applicants with a master’s degree in a technical field or business are preferred. Applicants with a bachelor’s degree in a technical field or business may also be considered. Letters of reference from college faculty or employers acquainted with the student’s character and ability, and official transcripts of all prior college work must be supplied. Applicants are expected to demonstrate preparation for, and a high promise of, success in the doctoral program.

The following will be considered in evaluating an application to the Ph.D. program on an individual basis:

  • The student’s undergraduate and graduate record with general academic performance, as well as the trend and comparison of grades over a period of time;
  • The student’s verbal, quantitative and total scores on the GMAT (in certain cases, depending on the academic background of the student, GRE scores may be substituted for GMAT scores);
  • Evidence of the ability to do research (publications, presentations, etc.);
  • Statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue a Ph.D. in manufacturing and technology management;
  • Three letters of reference;
  • Appropriate experience;
  • And, in the case of students whose native language is not English, a score of 80 or above on the TOEFL IBT,  PTE equal to 58 or above, Duolingo equal to 105 or above, or a 6.5 or above on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is mandatory.

It is to be stressed that, although GMAT and GPA are important, they alone will not be the basis of admissions decisions. While students may come from many academic disciplines, those students with bachelor’s degrees in fields other than business may require more than 79 semester hours in order to satisfy prerequisite (19 credit hours) and business program course (60 credit hours) requirements. A student may need additional calculus, statistics, and economic prerequisite requirements depending on the students previous academic discipline. Students admitted to the Ph.D. program will not receive graduate credit for any undergraduate courses they take.

A student should take the Ph.D. comprehensive examination as soon as the student and the student's advisor believes the student has mastered all the required subject areas and completed all course work. The format and other details of the examination are given in the handbook for Ph.D. students and are available on-line. Following successful completion of the comprehensive examination, the student is admitted to candidacy for the Ph.D. and undertakes dissertation research. The student is responsible for initiating the application to candidacy on a form available from the College of Graduate Studies.

When a student enters the program, the Ph.D. program director will help the student in preparing a plan of study. The Ph.D. program director will serve as the faculty advisor at the time of admission into the program. Each student will get a dissertation advisor after passing the comprehensive exam who will assist the student in choosing a dissertation topic, forming a dissertation committee and in other matters concerning the program. More information is available here.


  • One year of calculus
  • Statistics that include regression and analysis of variance
  • One academic term of computer systems with applications
  • Micro- and Macro-economics
  • Some knowledge of computer programming for IS-track candidates

Prerequisites should be completed before starting the Ph.D. program.

Business Foundation Courses

(19 hours)

ACCT 5000Financial And Managerial Accounting3
ECON 5810Econometrics Models And Methods I4
BUAD 6400Results-Based Management3
BUAD 6800Information Technology And E-Business3
MKTG 5410Marketing Systems3
OSCM 5520Analysis of Manufacturing and Service Systems3
Total Hours19

Ph.D. Program Curriculum

Quantitative and Research Methods
Management Science
Advanced Statistics
Research Methods-Theory Bldg
Seminar in Statistics/ Research Method
Plus two from the following:
Structural Equation Modeling
Advanced Management Science
Stochastic Modeling
Qualitative Research Methodology
Special Topics in Research Methods
Major Field: Integrative Seminars
Management of Technology
Special Topics Seminar
Integrative Seminar in IT
The students can choose one of the two tracks: 1) Operations and Supply Chain Management, or 2) Informatin Systems. These are graduate level courses and seminars.
Operations and Supply Chain Management Track
Supply Chain and E-Business Issues in Manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing Systems
Quality Management and Six Sigma
Supply Chain Resources Management
Information Systems Track
Business Systems Analysis and Design
Business Intelligence Management
Management of Information Systems Security
IS Research Seminar I
IS Research Seminar II

The minor will be a supporting field of three courses at the master’s (M.B.A.) level, and a related advanced seminar with the objective of integrating the Manufacturing and Technology Management major field with developments in the minor field of interest. 

Dissertation Research

The dissertation must be based on work initiated and undertaken specifically for that purpose. It must reflect a high level of scholarship, must constitute a substantial piece of work, and must indicate and document its claim to be a significant contribution to knowledge in its subject area.

Details regarding the dissertation research, starting with the dissertation proposal and ending with the final defense, are available in the handbook for Ph.D. students, which is available on the Ph.D. website.

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to do quality research\\n
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate the ability to teach\\n
  • PLO 3: Provide service to the institution and professional community