The management science and systems discipline in the Management PhD program prepares students to become leading researchers and teachers at top universities or executive-level decision makers in industry. Each student follows a slightly different path, depending on research interests, allowing some flexibility to the curriculum. 

  • Prerequisites

    You 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 PhD program.

Discipline 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

** Courses satisfying statistics and methodology requirements.

Contact Us

Management Science and Systems Department
School of Management
University at Buffalo
325 Jacobs Management Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4000

Tel:  716-645-3245
Fax: 716-645-6117

To speak with a faculty member directly, contact Haimonti Dutta, assistant professor and PhD program faculty advisor, management science and systems.

Sleiman Cybersecurity Lab

Located in Jacobs Management Center, this state-of-the-art facility:

  • Features a general security lab, networking lab and digital forensics lab
  • Supports 30 hands-on labs for students with an emphasis on cybersecurity
  • Offers dedicated computing resources for simulation, data analysis and data collection projects

External Areas of Focus for Management Students

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

External Areas of Focus for Non-Management Students

If you are a doctoral student outside of the School of Management who is interested in obtaining an external area of focus in Management Science and Systems, you should consult with your academic advisor. Course requirements are:

Additional PhD Program Requirements