Management Science and Systems


  • The Management Science and Systems major has two tracks. The Management Science track covers the areas of mathematical programming, multi-criteria decision-making, design science, behavioral science, statistical methodology and application, and decision support systems. The track emphasizes the use of mathematical, statistical and economic techniques to model complex management and management-related problems.

    The Management Systems track covers the areas of management information systems, design science, behavioral science, decision support systems, information assurance, e-commerce and global information technology management. The concentration emphasizes the use of systems analysis techniques, quantitative techniques, simulation, model and theory building, statistical analysis, and other analytic methods in the structuring and resolution of management problems related to the development, use, and impacts of information technology and information systems in organizational, individual and societal domains.

    The tracks have the following concentrations:

    A. Management Science Track

    1. Mathematical Programming and Decision Making
    2. Statistical Methods and Applications (including Forecasting)

    B. Management Systems Track

    1. Information Assurance
    2. Management Information Systems
    3. Global IT Management

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  • Prerequisites

    Student must develop or have competence in accounting, economics, finance, marketing, organizational behavior/organizational theory and strategic management equivalent to one first-year MBA course in each area before graduating from the Ph.D. Program.

Major Requirements

Management Science Track Management Systems Track

ECON 613** Introduction to Econometrics

ECON 614** Econometric Applications and Methods

IE 576** Applied Stochastic Processes

MGQ 614 Advanced Probability and Statistics or IE575

MGQ 616 Stochastic Models of Management Science or IE 572

MGS 786 Design Science

(Fall: must register for two consecutive years)

(Spring: must register for two consecutive years)

Plus four of the following:

IE 573 Discrete Optimization

IE 575 Stochastic Methods

IE 551 Simulation and Stochastic Models

IE 675 Game Theory

Minors for MSS PhD Students

  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Statistics
  • Organization and Human Resources
  • Operations Management and Strategy

Minor in MSS