Supply Chain

Whitman's supply chain management program is the first in the nation, established in 1919. The program is ranked 17th in Businessweek (2010) and 15th by the Princeton Review (2009). AMR Research (2009) ranks our program 9th overall and at the top in risk management.

Accepted candidates are expected to complete your studies within four years and pursue your academic careers in other academic institutions. While research is the most critical component of the doctoral studies in finding academic positions and successful career, you are also trained and prepared for the teaching duty at their new institutions.

The Whitman School of Management is host to two globally recognized research centers in the field of supply chain management: The H.H. Franklin Center for Supply Chain Management and the R.H. Brethen Operations Management Institute. These two centers, in addition to the Whitman School of Management, provide financial and academic support for the doctoral students. Additional information on our program can be found here.

Program Requirements

The structure of our program is comprised of major field coursework, supporting field coursework, and research methodology courses. You begin a summer research project after the first year.

Major Field

You take four seminar courses. Additional advanced graduate courses may be required, depending on your background.

Supporting Field

A minimum of nine credit hours of PhD level coursework in a related supporting field is required.

Research Methods

A minimum of 12 credit hours of advanced graduate level research methods courses must be completed. These will be determined in consultation with the major advisor.

Summer Research Project

You will begin a six credit hour summer research project during the summer following your first year in the program, and complete it by the end of the second year. The project is directed by a faculty mentor, with the aim of producing a paper of publishable quality. The final project is evaluated by the faculty mentor and one other faculty member in the major area.