Departmental Requirements

A total of 16 course credits are required for graduation. Up to four appropriate graduate course credits can be transferred from another graduate institution, after approval of the student’s advisor and of the PhD coordinator.  This section outlines the remaining requirements for all PhD students in OID.

Core Courses

All students must take and earn a grade of B+ or better in each of the department’s three core courses:

OIDD 900 Foundations of Decision Processes;
OIDD 940 Operations Management; and
OIDD 955 Research Seminar in Information Systems.


The Wharton School requires all PhD students to demonstrate proficiency in the material covered in one of several one-year sequences of statistics courses. OID Department Ph.D. students can satisfy the Wharton requirement with one of the following sequences: STAT 500-501; STAT 500-512; STAT 520-521; STAT 961-962; STAT 970-971; or ECON 705-706.

Students may demonstrate proficiency by either receiving a grade of B- or better in each course, or by passing a waiver exam administered by the Economics or Statistics Departments, or by transferring a comparable graduate-level course from another institution. Students may choose courses across sequences (e.g., STAT 520 and STAT 962) with permission from the PhD coordinator. Students typically complete their statistics requirements during their first year, before their qualifying exam.

Teacher Development Program

The Wharton School requires all PhD students to complete the Teacher Development Program (TDP). Students should complete this program before being admitted to candidacy. Waivers of the TDP are granted under the following conditions: prior teaching experience recognized teaching awards, college-level education courses.