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Program Requirements 

  • Complete 90 Credit Hours
  • Serve as Teaching or Research Assistant
  • Complete 1st year paper
  • Pass Preliminary Examination
  • Write & Defend Dissertation


Funding is available for up to five years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress in the program. Funding beyond five years is up to the discretion of the department.

For more information, review our standard funding package. [Link to Funding page]


The Supply Chain and Operations Management doctoral curriculum consists of 90 total credit hours completed over four-five years. The curriculum is broken down into three focus areas: core methodology, managerial skills*, and seminar courses.

*Managerial skills courses may be waived for individuals who have completed equivalent master’s-level coursework. Please contact our Admissions Specialist for more information .

  • Core Methodology: 38 Total Credit Hours
  • Managerial Skills*: 17 Total Credit Hours
  • Seminar Courses: 6 Total Credit Hours

For detailed descriptions of the courses, please visit Purdue’s online Course Catalog.

Graduate Assistantship Appointments

SCOM PhD students will participate as a graduate research assistant (RA) or graduate teaching assistant (TA) each semester for four years.

Graduate Research Assistant (RA)

RA roles involve a PhD student in a faculty research project.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)

TA roles often begin with tasks such as grading and helping in computer lab sessions and progress to course delivery responsibilities. All students are required to teach at least one course during their time in the program.


Graduates of Purdue’s SCOM PhD program have gone on to secure post-doctoral and teaching placements at the following institutions:

  • Amazon
  • Butler University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Dartmouth College
  • George Mason University
  • HKU Business School
  • Miami University
  • National Taiwan University
  • Texas Instruments
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • University of Washington

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