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The Yale SOM Operations doctoral program is designed to prepare individuals for faculty positions in operations research or operations management at research-oriented business, engineering and policy schools. 

Operations team playing instruments

The program also prepares students for research-oriented operations careers in public, private, or not-for-profit organizations. Yale’s Operations doctoral program is unique in its focus on identifying and modeling operational processes wherever they are found with the goal of improving operations and making better decisions. Program participants apply the methods of operations research and management to model important problems, some easily recognized as operational in nature (e.g. supply chains and service systems), but others less so (e.g. improving public health, sustainability, and homeland security). Framing such problems requires sophistication in characterizing/recognizing operational settings wherever they may be, while modeling and solving these problems requires the mathematical methods of operations research and management. The Yale Operations doctoral program develops expertise in both. 

As customary in business schools, a Ph.D. student in our program will receive a 5-year fellowship (subject to satisfactory performance) and has the freedom to work on a wide range of topics with faculty in Operations and other parts of the campus. The program is small, ensuring that each student receives ample faculty attention, and is highly flexible, allowing the program to be tailored to each student’s interests. Even though young, this Operations Ph.D. program has already trained successful students who have received faculty position offers from top schools and succeeded at various student INFORMS competitions. For more details, see Course of Study and Recent Graduates and Students

See also the Yale Operations Seminar Series.

Primary faculty

Affiliated faculty

Peter Aronow ∙ Forrest Crawford ∙ A. David Paltiel ∙ Sekhar Tatikonda