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Operations Management

The Ph.D. specialization in Operations Management is typically characterized by a blend of theoretical and applied research. In addition to the Management Science Research Center of McGill, the area members are affiliated with two main inter-University research centers, GÉRAD and CIRRELT.

These three Centers host activities in management science and operations management, promote research exchanges and seminars, and encourage research collaboration with business, industry, and government.

Current Area Research Topics

  • Supply chain management
  • Supply chain design
  • Capacity expansion and technology choice
  • Healthcare Management
  • Revenue Management
  • Data envelopment analysis
  • Empirical studies in operations management
  • Transportation and logistics management
  • Operational risk management in supply chains
  • Inventory Management
  • Operational and financial hedging in global sourcing
  • Impact of social responsibility on operational and financial performance
  • Performance evaluation of IT firms and online retailers
  • Closed-loop supply chains
  • Product recovery management
  • Sustainable operations
  • Behavioral operations management

Specialization Requirements

A typical set of course requirements includes six to seven graduate-level courses suited to the candidate's research specialization and needs, and might include doctoral seminars as well as other graduate courses - including MMM electives - to complement the specialization requirements.



In addition to the following courses, the students are allowed to take courses that are suitable to their area of research from the Joint Program. Other graduate level courses are also open to PhD students in the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics and the Faculty of Engineering.

  • Stochastic Processes and Applications
  • Operations Management Seminar
  • Management Research Statistics

Typical Support Fields

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Epidemiology
  • Environment


Doctoral students in the OM area would be considered for funding from a combination of the following:

  • PhD Program Entrance Fellowships
  • Faculty Members who have obtained Research Grants

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