Ph.D. Curriculum

Core Courses

All students are required to take the following four (4) core courses during their first year:

IEOR E6613: Optimization I
IEOR E6614: Optimization II
IEOR E6711: Stochastic Models I
IEOR E6712: Stochastic Models II

Each semester, first-year students typically take two (2) other courses earning a total of 15 credits. Students have the opportunity to choose from an array of available courses.

Depth and Breadth Requirements

At the beginning of the second year, all students are required to select one of the following doctoral concentration areas: Financial Engineering, Optimization, Stochastic Models, or Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

The student is assigned a faculty advisor in the concentration area. This may be the student's intended thesis adviser, but it need not be. To meet the depth requirement, the student selects (with the advisor's guidance) four doctoral (6000-level; 9000-level in the Graduate School of Business) courses in the chosen area of concentration beyond the core. To meet the breadth requirement, the student also must take two other doctoral (6000-level; 9000-level in the Graduate School of Business) courses from the other concentration areas. These ten doctoral courses (4 core, 4 depth and 2 breadth) should ideally be completed during the first two years. With the guidance of the student's advisor, the student in addition takes courses as desired, and as required to meet the overall course requirements of at least 60 units. To avoid an excessive course load while actively conducting research after the first three terms, a student may choose to elect the course IEOR E9101 Research.


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