PhD in Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
"The extremely high caliber and great diversity of the students helps to keep our IEOR graduate programs consistently at the highest level of quality." -Dr. Whitt, IEOR Faculty
The Ph.D. program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing advanced studies in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Graduates from the program have pursued careers in academia, research, and industry. The department provides academic and funding support for its students.
The Ph.D. program in IEOR is highly selective. In a typical year, there were over 300 applications for eight to ten new doctoral students entering the program. Thus, doctoral students are admitted with the expectation that they will be able to successfully complete the program and bring credit to themselves, the discipline, and the department. Consistent with these expectations, admitted doctoral students are required to meet high standards.
Students entering the doctoral program must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:
Linear Algebra (i.e., Math V2010 or APMA E3101)
Real Analysis (i.e, Math W4061)
Probability (i.e, SIEO W3600, SIEO W4150, or SIEO W4105)
Statistics (i.e, STAT W4107, STAT W4109 or SIEO W4150)
A programming language (e.g., C, C++, PASCAL, JAVA; either a course or substantial use in some project)
A student lacking background in any of these prerequisites is expected to remedy the deficiency by the end of the first year.