A doctoral degree in management science confers a high level of expertise in the student's chosen specialty. Offered through schools of business or management at many colleges and universities, Ph.D. in Management Science programs are often flexible and allow students to tailor their coursework and research projects toward individual interests, such as quality management. Programs with a specialty in operations management focus on topics related to industry and manufacturing, in which quality management plays a large role. A dissertation is often required for graduation.
Entrance to certain Ph.D. in management science programs can be very competitive. Applicants need a bachelor's degree with graduate level coursework, a high grade point average, good test scores, and letters of recommendation. Some programs require a personal statement and prerequisite courses, including calculus, algebra, computer programming and statistics.
Ph.D. Program in Management Science
Enrolled candidates learn to develop and implement methods and models used to solve problems in manufacturing and industry, specifically problems related to quality management. Courses might include:
- Stochastic processes
- Probability and statistics
- Organization Behavior
- Quality control
Many students who complete Ph.D. programs in the area of quality management pursue academic teaching and research careers at colleges and universities. While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) does not specify professorial salaries in this field of study, the agency reported that the median income for all teachers at post-secondary institutions was $63,000 in 2015 (www.bls.gov). Employment is expected to grow by 13% during the period from 2014-2024. The BLS projects a 4% decrease over the same time period in employment of industrial production managers, who may have graduate degrees in quality management and work in the industry.
A doctoral degree in management science allows students to specialize in an area of interest to conduct in-depth research on methods and models to improve quality management. Graduates can work as professors, researchers, or industrial production managers.