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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

An Introduction to the MSU OSM Doctoral Program

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.

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Sriram Narayanan

  • OSM Doctoral Program Director

From the Director

Supply chains permeate every aspect of society. With new technologies like the internet of things, 3D printing, and artificial intelligence, and the application of advanced analytical techniques to big data there are greater research opportunities emerging in supply chains. New developments such as the recent Pandemic are increasing operational and strategic importance of supply chain management. Furthermore, Supply Chain Management also playsan essential role in improving the quality of life within a society and engendering equity, health, and the preservation of natural resources.

The Operations and Sourcing Management (OSM) PhD program at Michigan State University, Eli Broad College of Business offers its students a way of participating in these exciting opportunities through research and teaching. The program is broad in its competence. It prides itself in training future thought leaders who will inform managerial practice andbuild new theories to drive knowledge creation. The program has a rich history of graduating alumni who are placed in reputable universities across the USA, and the world. Several of our alumni hold editorial positions in respected supply chain management journals and their research has had an impact on both theory and practice of Supply Chain Management.

Admissions to our program are competitive. Students that join our program have a chance to work with outstanding faculty members who are leaders in their disciplines. Our faculty are well published and are recognized internationally for their ability to create and disseminate impactful research. The faculty hold editorial positions in the leading journals in the field. Collectively our faculty focus on research areas spanning new product development, product innovation, sustainability, healthcare, supply chain risk management, procurement,cybersecurity, and many others. Our commitment is to develop our students into leading scholars and to help them achieve sustained long-run research success and to become excellent educators in top-tier research institutions.

These objectives are accomplished through a rigorous training regimen that embraces both empirical and analytical methods, in addition to domain training on specific Supply Chain Management disciplines. Further, students are encouraged and mentored to come up with their own research projects in addition to having opportunities to participate in existing research projects with faculty within the department. Students are also trained to deliver superior classroom content with the aim of making them holistic academics.

In addition to being a part of a top-ranked Supply Chain Management department, our students also have the opportunity to experience the available resources of the one of the world’s top 100 global universities with a rich set of infrastructures. As THE pioneer land-grant university, Michigan State University occupies a special place in historical context among all the American Universities. It is also among the top 20 Green Campuses in addition to having an unrivalled support infrastructure to facilitate students’ professional and personal growth.

As you consider applying to the OSM PhD program, we encourage you to explore the program information on the Supply Chain Management department website and to become familiar with all the faculty and their varied areas of interest. Please feel free to reach out to me at Several of your questions on the program can be clarified by referring to doctoral student handbook that is uploaded on our website. We also encourage you to browse informational material about the university and its rich culture of rigorous academics supported by an unparalleled research and teaching infrastructure that is designed to help graduate students succeed in their chosen fields.

This is an exciting time to be a doctoral student in the OSM PhD program in the Supply Chain Management Department at Michigan State University. Michigan State University is one of the best places to do your doctorate and we are looking forward to receiving your application to our program.

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