Postgraduate Programs 2017/18
Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy Programs in Operations Management
Award Title

Master of Philosophy in Operations Management
Doctor of Philosophy in Operations Management

Program Short Name

MPhil(OM)
PhD(OM)

Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

MPhil

Full-time: 2 years
Part-time: 4 years
 

PhD

Full-time: 3 years (with a relevant research master’s degree), 4 years (with a bachelor’s degree only)
Part-time: 6 years

Program Advisor

MPhil/PhD Programs Coordinator (OM):
Prof Lancelot JAMES, Professor of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management

Enquiry

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) Program is a research-oriented degree that aims to prepare students for a research and teaching career in universities and research institutes. It includes two streams: Operations Management (OM), and Statistics. A candidate for an MPhil degree is expected to demonstrate knowledge in the discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making a contribution to the field. Students intending to do a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program in Operations Management at HKUST should consider entering the MPhil Program to acquire the training necessary for a PhD degree.
 

The PhD Program follows a strong research-intensive tradition on the North American model and includes two streams: Operations Management (OM), and Statistics. It is designed to enable students to gain a deep knowledge of management in general, to develop a concentration in a specialized field, and to provide opportunities for students to do significant original research in their chosen area. PhD students are offered intensive and targeted research training and exceptional collaboration opportunities with faculty to prepare them for their future careers in teaching and/or research.

The program is offered by the Department of Information Systems, Business Statistics and Operations Management which comprises two divisions: Information Systems and Operations Management. The following are the research foci in the Division of Operations Management.

Research Foci

Operations Management area focuses on supply chain contracting, information sharing in supply chains, interface of marketing and supply chain management, inventory management, behavioral operations management, and business analytics. Statistics concentrates on Bayesian statistics, bio-informatics, high-frequency data and financial statistics, high dimensional statistics, large scale inference, machine and statistical learning, sequential analysis, stochastic control, financial time series modeling, statistical methods for risk and portfolio management, combinatorial stochastic processes, random matrices, and stochastic interacting particle systems.

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.
 

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;

  • Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
 

Proficiency Test Minimum Scores
TOEFL-iBT 80
TOEFL-pBT 550
IELTS (Academic Module) Overall score: 6.0 and All sub-scores: 5.5

 

Applicants don't need to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A satisfactory score in GMAT or GRE

  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

MPhil/PhD: 36 credits
 

  1. Credit Transfer

PhD students who have taken the HKUST MPhil Program in Operations Management will be granted credit transfer to the PhD Program. Students who have taken an MPhil program or equivalent in other universities may be granted credit transfer on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum of 28 credits.
 

  1. Introductory Quantitative Requirement

Unless students have clearly demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the area, students entering the MPhil or 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 requirements.
 

ECON 5100
ISOM 5540

 

  1. Course Requirement
  1. Required Courses

MPhil/PhD: at least 15 credits for OM Stream, 7 credits for Statistics Stream
 

MPhil students are required to take the required courses in the first year of study.
 

For both OM and Statistics Streams:

ISOM 5550
LANG 5002


One of the following:

ECON 5130
ECON 5210
ECON 5300
ISOM 5560
MGMT 7100


Additional required courses for OM Stream:

IELM 5230
IELM 5250
ISOM 5700


Students may need to take additional courses related to their research topics, as requested by their thesis supervisors.
 

  1. Elective Courses

MPhil: at least 21 credits for OM Stream and 29 credits for Statistics Stream of other postgraduate courses as advised by their thesis supervisors in Year 2.
 

PhD: at least 14 credits for OM Stream and 21 credits for Statistics Stream of the following:

ECON 5130
ECON 5140
ECON 5210
ECON 5300
ISOM 5560
ISOM 7500*
MARK 5410
MARK 5520
MGMT 7100
* The course can be repeated for up to 8 credits.

 

  1. General Management Courses

PhD: at least 4 credits of the following:
 

ACCT 5100
orACCT 5150
FINA 5120
orFINA 5210
MARK 5120
orMIMT 5010
orMIMT 5310
orMIMT 5320
MGMT 5230
orMIMT 5120

 

  1. Cross-discipline Research Courses

PhD: at least 3 credits of the following:
 

ECON 5140
MARK 5410
MARK 5520

 

  1. Professional Development Course Requirement
PDEV 6770


Students are required to complete PDEV 6770. The 1 credit earned from PDEV 6770 cannot be counted toward the credit requirements.
 

PhD students who are HKUST MPhil graduates and have completed PDEV 6770 or other professional development courses offered by the University before may be exempted from this requirement, subject to prior approval of the School.
 

  1. PhD Qualifying Examination

All PhD students must pass a qualifying examination.

Students admitted via the HKUST MPhil Program in Operations Management 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 will take the qualifying examination in the Summer of the first 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 than December of the second 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 than December of the third year of PhD study.
 

  1. Research Paper Requirement

PhD students are required to submit a research paper by the Fall Term of the third year of study. Students admitted with an HKUST MPhil degree in Operations Management or equivalent will be exempted from this requirement.
 

  1. Thesis Research
ISOM 6990
ISOM 7990


MPhil:

  1. Registration in ISOM 6990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the MPhil thesis.

PhD:

  1. Registration in ISOM 7990; and
  2. Presentation and oral defense of the PhD thesis.

 

Last update: 10 July 2017