|Major Code: 9074
|Degree Awarded: Doctor of Philosophy
|Delivery Mode(s): Classroom
|Age Restriction: No
|Admission Status: Graduate
|Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne
|Admission Materials: 3 letters of recommendation, résumé, objectives
The doctor of philosophy program provides a more advanced level of education, as well as demonstrated ability to perform independent research. These additional strengths should qualify the graduate for vital positions of leadership in industry, business, government and academia.
An applicant for the doctoral program will normally have completed a master’s degree in operations research or a related discipline. If the master’s degree is not in operations research, then the student will be required to take the core courses for Florida Tech’s master’s degree in operations research. These courses may be used toward fulfilling the credit requirements for the Ph.D. in operations research. Students will also be required to pass a written qualifying examination equivalent to Florida Tech’s master’s final program examination.
General admission requirements and the process for applying are presented in the Academic Overview section.
The degree of doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) is conferred primarily in recognition of the breadth of scientific accomplishment and the power to investigate scientific problems independently, rather than for the completion of a definite course of studies. Every course in a student’s program of study is evaluated not only as to content, but also as to the way in which it complements other courses and furnishes breadth and depth to the program. The work should consist of advanced studies and scientific research that lead to a significant contribution and knowledge of a particular area.
The doctoral program in operations research requires a minimum of 72 semester credit hours after the bachelor’s degree or 42 semester credit hours after the master’s degree. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a bachelor’s degree must follow the master of science degree requirements listed above for 30 semester credit hours. Students entering the Ph.D. program with a master’s degree in operations research, or continuing doctoral students with 30 credit hours equivalent to master’s degree requirements in operations research must take must take six 5000- or 6000-level mathematics course onsite at Florida Tech (equivalent to 18 semester credit hours).
A course used for a master’s degree cannot be used to fulfill the doctoral requirements. Transfer course substitutions must be approved by the department head. All students must successfully complete a preliminary examination; a series of three qualifying written examinations and one oral examination; and present and orally defend a written dissertation proposal.
In addition, all students must successfully complete a virtual written grant proposal and defend it orally; submit a written dissertation and defend it orally; and complete a minimum of 24 semester credit hours of dissertation research.
The individual doctoral program of study must be approved by the student’s doctoral committee and the program chair. Students who have not taken MTH 5051 and MTH 5102, or their equivalents, will be required to take them. Students are also required to take at least two courses from the Computation/Computer Science list.
The doctoral program in operations research does not fall within the traditional boundaries of a single discipline. The scope is broad and interdisciplinary. Consequently, every course in a student’s program of study is evaluated in terms of how it complements other courses and provides breadth and depth to the program. Considerable latitude is permitted in course selection, provided the core requirements for operations research/mathematics/computation are met. The remaining courses are selected in collaboration with the doctoral committee according to the interests and research objectives of the student.