There are specific requirements for the doctoral program in each field of study. The faculty group can specify how certain departmental requirements are to be met and can add requirements or increase minimum standards. Optional courses may be taken in addition to the required courses, not instead of them. Students must consult with their field advisor to ensure that their choices make a sensible program.
At least two of:
The first-year examination is a combined take-home and oral exam on a research-oriented open-ended problem to test for mastery of foundational material and to assess research potential. Students should complete six or more of the specified lecture courses to prepare for the exam.
By the end of the summer following a student's sEcond year in the program, students are expected to complete a research paper with the potential for submission to a journal. Faculty in the group will evaluate these papers and provide feedback. These papers may provide the basis for a dissertation proposal.
Students submit and defend their dissertation proposals in the oral qualifying examination. The objective is to determine whether students have the intellectual capacity and academic preparation to complete the program. Successful completion of prior phases of the program and a well-defined research proposal are required.
A dissertation is the formulation and completion of a major research project and its written presentation. It is the last step in the program. The university has specific guidelines for completing the dissertation. A faculty committee reviews the dissertation as an ongoing process. The committee is chosen by the student and must consist of three or more faculty members, one of whom must be from a department outside Haas. When all members are satisfied, they sign off on the dissertation to signify their approval. Then, the student files the work with the university.
Note: The doctoral program currently focuses on Operations Management. The program may be expanded to include Information Technology at a later date.
Professor and Chair
Haas Operations and
"At the heart of any business is the delivery of goods and services whose quality and cost are attractive to customers, and this is exactly the focus of Operations Management. The Haas approach to Operations Management is both disciplinary and interdisciplinary in nature: faculty are exploring a wide range of issues, including supply chain management, new product innovation, and the interface of operations with marketing, finance, and accounting."