PhD (OM)

The Dotor of Philosophy (PhD) programs is a research-oriented degree that aims to prepare students for a research and teaching career in universities and research indtitutes.

The program includes two streams: Operations Management (OM) and Statistics. The PhD (OM) program is intended to be taken as the follow-up part of the MPhil (OM) program.

Program Requirements

Introductory Quantitative Requirement

Unless students have claerly demonstrated suffcient knowledge in the area, students entering the PhD program are required to take the following two mathematics-oriented courses in the first regular term of study. The credits earned from these two courses cannot be counted toward the degree requiremetns.

  • ECON 5100 Mathematics for Business and Economics
  • ISOM 5540 Introduction to Probability 

RPg Professional Development Requirement

Students are required to complete and pass PDEV 6770 Professional Development in Academia for Business in their first 1.5 years of study. Subject to prior approval of the Department Head and PG Coordinator, part-time students may be given extension to complete this course, and HKUST MPhil(OM) graduates who have taken and passed this course before may be exempted from this requirement. The 1 credit earned from this course cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.

Course Requirement

Students are required to take at least 36 credits. Students may need to take additional courses related to their research topics, as requested by their thesis supervisors.

Students who have taken the HKUST MPhil(OM) program will be granted credits transfer to the PhD program. Students who have taken an MPhil or equivalent in other universities may be granted credits tansfer on a case-by-case basis. In such a case, the maximum number of credits transferable is 28.

Required Courses (15 credits for OM; 7 for Statistics)

Course CodeCourse Title
ISOM 5550 Statistical Methods for Business and Economics I
LANG 5002 Postgraduate English for Business and Social Science Studies
And any one of the following
ECON 5130 Microeconomic Analysis
ECON 5210 Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 5300 Econometrics
ISOM 5560 Statistical Methods for Business and Economics II
MGMT 7100 Behavioral Science
Additional required courses for OM stream
IELM 5230 Deterministic Models in Operations Research
IELM 5250 Stochastic Models in Operations Research
ISOM 5700 Operations Management

Elective Courses (at least 14 credits for OM; at least 21 credtis for Statistics)

Course CodeCourse Title
ECON 5130 Microeconomic Analysis
ECON 5140 Macroeconomic Analysis
ECON 5210 Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 5300 Econometra
ISOM 5560 Statistical Methods for Business and Economics II
ISOM 7500 OM Doctoral Seminar *
MARK 5410 Seminar in Quantitative Modeling
MARK 5520 Experimental Design and Analysis for Behavioral Research
MGMT 7100 Behavioral Science

* Course can be repeated for up to 8 credits.

General Management Courses (at lease 4 credits)

Course CodeCourse Title
At least two of the following:
ACCT 5100 Financal Accounting Foundations; or
ACCT 5250 Accounting Foundations
FINA 5120  Corporate Finance; or
FINA 5210 Investment Analysis
MARK 5120 Marketing Strategy and Policy; or
MIMT 5010 Market Research for Business Applications; or
MIMT 5310 Understanding Consumers: A Strategic Approach; or
MIMT 5320 Global Marketing Management
MGMT 5230 Management of Organizations; or
MIMT 5120 Strategic Management in Asia

Cross-discipline Research Courses (at lease 3 credits)

Course CodeCourse Title
Any one of the following
ECON 5140 Macroeconomic Analysis
MARK 5410 Seminar in Quantitative Modeling
MARK 5520 Experimental Design and Analysis for Behavioral Research

PhD Qualifying Examination

All PhD Students must pass a qualifying examination.

Students admitted via the HKUST MPhil(OM) program, will take the qualifying examination in the Summer of the second year of MPhil study. Students who fail the qualifying examination in the first attempt can retake the examination once and must pass the examination no later than December of the first year of PhD study.

Students admitted with an equivalent research master's degree wil take the qualifying examination in the Summer of the first year or the second year of PhD study. Stuents who fail the qualifying examination in the first attempt can retake the examination once and must pass the examination no later than December of that same year of PhD study.

Students admitted without an equivalent research master's degree will take the qualifying examination in the Summer of the second year of PhD study. Students who fail the qualifying examination in the first attempt can retake the examination once and must pass the examination no later then December of that third year of PhD study.

Research Paper Requirement

Students are required to submit a research paper by the Fall Term of the third year of study. Students admitted with an HKUST MPhil (OM) degree or equivalent will be exempted form this requirement.

Thesis Requirement

Students are required to register in ISOM 7990 Doctoral Thesis Research, and present and orally defend the PhD thesis.