Ph.D. Program in Operations Management

The University of Alabama's doctoral program in Operations Management (OM) is intended for students with interest in academic or industrial research. Successful applicants will develop the competency to conduct and publish doctoral- level research through a series of courses and seminars that complement and supplement each student’s background and goals. The Ph.D. program in Operations Management is a four-year integrated program where students have the opportunity to conduct research and develop their teaching skills under the guidance of OM faculty members.

The doctoral program generally admits two to four applicants each year, depending on the availability of financial support and the overall current enrollment. This policy ensures that each doctoral student will have adequate support from the faculty. Applicants are admitted in the fall semester, with occasional exceptions. While applications are accepted and evaluated year-round for program fit and financial support, applicants should submit all of their application materials by January 9 for best consideration for a select number of University-sponsored fellowships.

Doctoral applicants typically have a master's degree and solid quantitative analytical skills. Applicants who do not possess a master's degree, but are interested in the doctoral program, may also apply to the doctoral program to be evaluated for program fit. In some cases, an applicant may first be admitted to the OM master's program as a precursor to doctoral studies.

Applicants should submit either GMAT (minimum 600) or GRE (minimum 1200-old format, minimum 312-new format) test scores. In addition, an applicant should have a GPA of at least 3.00 in all previous relevant degree programs. International students, whose native language is not English, should have at least a 550 written, 213 computer, or 79 internet-based score on the TOEFL exam.

Applicants should apply to the doctoral program through The University of Alabama Graduate School application website ( In addition to test scores, applicants should submit their academic transcripts, a statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. Be sure the person writing your letter includes the program for which you are applying and your full legal name.

Students admitted to the program must complete 48 course hours and 24 dissertation hours to fulfill graduation requirements. In addition to curriculum hours, students must pass a two-stage qualifying exam.

The qualifying exam is comprised of a written portion and a research-based portion. The written exam measures the student's competency to review, analyze and propose solutions to questions typically drawn from the coursework in the first year. The research-based exam measures the student's ability to review, analyze and conduct doctoral-level research and culminates with a research presentation by the student.

OM Ph.D Program
Dr. Sharif Melouk
369 Alston Hall
Box 870226