The PhD in Business (Operations Management) is a highly competitive programme that admits only a very limited number of students every year. The programme emphasises theoretical research with practical relevance. Students are expected to complete rigorous coursework, collaborate closely with the Operations Management faculty members, and attend regular research seminars. Students will also have opportunities to interact with renowned visiting scholars from different parts of the world. The programme aims to place its graduates to faculty positions in leading universities or managerial positions in industry, public sector, and international organisations.
Students are encouraged to complete the programme in 4 years.
The minimum duration of the programme is three years. Most students, however, are expected to take about four years to complete the programme. The maximum registration duration of the programme is five years, unless special approval for a longer duration is given by SMU.
The curriculum consists of
6 Foundation courses (6 course units)
2 Electives (2 course units)
4 Advanced Research Topics (ART) courses (4 course units)
The programme also requires the preparation and completion of a PhD Dissertation (28 course units).
Term 1 (Aug – Nov)
Term 2 (Jan – Apr)
Term 3 (May – Aug)
Prepare Dissertation Proposal
Pass PhD Qualifying Exam
Form Dissertation Committee
Submit Written Dissertation Proposal
Oral Defence of Dissertation Proposal
(i) Submit written report of completed Dissertation Research
(ii) Oral defence of completed Dissertation
(i) Revise and/or re-submit Dissertation Report
(ii) Submit Approved Dissertation Report to LKCSB PGR Office
(iii) Dissertation Report from LKCSB PGR Office to GSO for approval
Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree
GRE or GMAT
Statement of Purpose
2 referee reports (Please download the referee’s report template)
Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. Applicants, whose undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English, are to sit for either TOEFL or IELTS.