Operations Management

Operations Management

The formal modeling of decision-making problems in different fields.

The PhD 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 design and management
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Operations Strategy
  • Mechanism Design and Game Theory
  • Inventory Systems
  • Transportation and logistics management
  • Sustainable operations
  • Behavioral operations management
  • Capacity expansion and technology choice
  • OR/OM in Healthcare Management
  • Energy Systems
  • Data-driven Operations Management
  • Empirical studies in 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 electives from various support fields listed below - 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
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