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Thrive in one of the most elite programs in the world.

Broad’s internationally renowned Ph.D. in Operations and Sourcing Management (OSM) prepares students for faculty positions at top-tier research universities around the world.

Our faculty, who are widely recognized for their research and reputation, expose students to a variety of empirical and analytical research methods. Students are able to specialize in either operations management or sourcing management, while pursuing research in their unique interests.

OSM Doctoral Student Manual

Program Overview

The Ph.D. in Operations and Sourcing Management program focuses on training students for faculty positions at top-tier research universities around the world. Students can specialize in either operations management or sourcing management with research focusing on theory development and model building in areas such as operations strategy, technology management, new product development, outsourcing, supply management and broader supply chain issues ranging from strategic supply chain design to tactical and operational level planning and coordination.

Our OSM program is considered to be one of the elite programs in the world, with faculty widely recognized for their research and teaching reputation. Students are exposed to a variety of empirical and analytical research methods that provide them with the right set of skills to undertake rigorous research work in their areas of interest.

Anand Nair

  • OSM Doctoral Program Director

From the Director

Supply chain management is one of the fastest growing fields of management practice and business research. Michigan State University’s Eli Broad College of Business includes one of the leading supply chain management programs in the world and offers degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. levels. This is the result of the unique position taken by our supply chain management faculty team – a position that straddles the intersection of theory (with its emphasis on rigor and insight) and practice. Consequently, we continue to uncover and explore new and emerging issues that are of interest to both researchers and practitioners. This focus has contributed to our ability to generate research that is timely, interesting, and impactful.

From the onset, students in our operations and sourcing management (OSM) Ph.D. degree program participate actively in research projects with faculty members – projects that often result in publications in the top-tier OSM journals. While the emphasis is primarily on empirical research, students are exposed to a variety of empirical and analytical methodologies – methods that provide them with the right set of skills to undertake rigorous, impactful and interesting research work in their areas of interest

I encourage you to explore the program information made available on our website. As the faculty doctoral director for the OSM doctoral program, I will be happy to provide you with any other information that you may need about the program. You can contact me via email at nair@broad.msu.edu.

This is a great time to be a doctoral student in OSM; Michigan State University is one of the best places to do your doctorate. Come and join us.

Students are admitted to the doctoral program only for a fall semester start and on a full-time basis. Find out more about admission criteria and the application process.

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Faculty-student collaboration is a significant part of the Broad experience. Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with some of the top researchers across multiple disciplines. Find out more about the research opportunities for OSM doctoral students at MSU.

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The supply chain management faculty at the Michigan State University Broad College of Business are among the best in the world. Find out more about our faculty currently working with doctoral students.

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See a roster of current doctoral students in the program as well as a listing of our graduates’ placements at research institutions across the globe.

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Get answers to common questions regarding the Ph.D in Operations and Sourcing Management program at Broad.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

At the present time, all doctoral students receive financial support from the department, the college and/or various external organizations.

Our goal is to provide every student admitted to the program with a graduate assistantship and/or a fellowship. The assistantship is usually at a half-time level, although some students may be appointed quarter time. A half-time appointment requires that the student be a teaching assistant and/or research assistant for 20 hours a week.

Renewal of financial assistance is contingent on the student making satisfactory progress in the program. Assistantships include a nine-credit-hour tuition waiver for each of the fall and spring semesters, a waiver for the out-of-state portion of tuition for non-Michigan residents, and health insurance. The waiver does not include registration fees or other fees.

Financial support is assured for the first three years of the program. Further support is provided subject to the available of financial resources and the candidate making satisfactory, significant progress in the doctoral program.

Fellowship aid is available from the university, the department and external sources.

For more information about funding sources, visit the MSU Graduate School.

Contact Information

  • Department of Supply Chain Management
  • Business College Complex
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N370
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 355-2241