The programme is research-oriented with each student being directly supervised by a faculty member.
- Complete all the graduate courses required by the Department.
- When deemed necessary by advisor/supervisor, student may be required to take other courses.
- Each PhD student is required to pass a written candidacy examination within the maximum period of his/her candidacy stage for the advancement to his/her post-candidacy stage.
- Submit thesis proposal and defence.
- Each PhD student is required to submit a thesis and pass the oral defence of the thesis for graduation.
Fields of Specialization
Courses offered by the Department of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics concentrate on four areas: Business Economics, Management Information Systems, Operations Management and Quantitative Methods. In addition, cross-disciplinary research efforts are also carried out in many areas. The research activities of the faculty members can be broadly categorized into the following three areas:
1. Business/Managerial Economic Studies
The main objective of this field is to help students develop skills in conducting rigorous economic research on topics that are related to management theories and business decisions. Current faculty expertise covers a wide variety of fields, including studies of the Chinese economy, applied microeconomics, behavioral economics, experimental economics, empirical research methods with applications to financial markets, labor markets and industrial organization. Examples of current faculty research include psychological influences on economic decision-making through experimental and empirical methods, educational policy in China, the economics of airports, social networks and job search in local markets, and air pollution and decision-making.
- Management Information Systems
The Management Information Systems faculty at the CUHK Business School has a distinguished record of research accomplishments and external visibility. The Management Information systems faculty’s research interests cover a wide range of application areas including business analytics, digital finance, online advertising, digital innovations, online platforms & markets, AI & machine learning, and experimental economics, among others.
- Operations Management
This area’s research focuses are the theoretical development and practical applications in the fields of operations management and operations research. Particular topics of interests include inventory management, supply chain management, revenue management and pricing, service operations management, operations-finance interface, operations-marketing interface, and operations-accounting interface. Particular methodologies of research include optimization theory, probability theory and statistics, game theory, econometrics, and machine learning.
Please visit the Division’s homepage for more information.
HKPFS Application Deadline
(for PhD programmes only)
- To submit an initial application to RGC: By 12 noon, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time); and
- To submit full application to CUHK: By 5 pm, 1 December 2020 (Hong Kong time).
Please refer to HKPFS page for more details.