University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management

Finance Concentration

Operations Management Concentration

The doctoral program in operations management trains students for research careers as professors. The areas of study include supply chain management, revenue management, manufacturing and service operations, production and inventory systems, healthcare, and sustainability. The main tools include optimization, game theory, probability, and statistics. To complete the program, students must have a strong background and ability in mathematics. 


After completing coursework and passing the comprehensive exam, students are required to produce a dissertation containing original research. A large portion of their time in the program will be devoted to this research. Students will complete this work under the close guidance of the operations area faculty, who are among the world’s leading scholars in operations management. For additional information on the faculty members, please visit the operations faculty website.

The normal time to completion of the program is five years. Students who progress through the program at the expected pace are usually provided financial aid throughout the five years in the program. Financial aid generally consists of tuition plus income in the form of stipends or teaching assistantships.

Sample Coursework

Required Research Methods Courses (7):
ECON 200A-B Microeconomic Theory I, II
MATH 209A-B Real Analysis I, II
STAT 215 Stochastic Processes
ECON205A-C Econometrics (or STAT201A-C Theory of Probability &Statistics)

Required Field Seminars (4): MGT 296E-H
MGT 296E Dynamic Optimization
MGT 296F Game Theory Models in Operations 
MGT 296G Pricing and Revenue Management
MGT 296H Inventory and Supply Chain Management

Other Research Courses (6): 
MATH 217 Theory of Probability (or STAT 210A)
MATH 209C Real Analysis III
MATH 228 Functional Analysis
STAT 203 A-B-Bayesian Statistics I and II
STAT 205 Discrete Data Analysis
STAT 207 Statistical Computing
STAT 210A-B Advanced Theory of Probability and Statistics
ECON 244 Empirical Research Methods
ECON 283J Uncertainty and Information
ECON 283N Applications of Games and Information Economics
EOCN 283Q Economics of Contract: Theory and Applications
EE 231 Convex Optimization in Engineering Application

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Long Gao
221 Anderson Graduate School of Management
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
102 Anderson Hall, South

Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055