Operations & Supply Chain Management

DBA in Operations Management

The Department of Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSM) at Cleveland State University seeks applicants who are interested in pursuing research in areas such as supply chain management, operations strategy, advanced manufacturing technology, algorithm development, project management, quality management and scheduling, and also possess strong quantitative or statistical skills.

There are two main approaches to research in the doctoral program in Operations Management: empirical research and quantitative modeling. Applicants interested in empirical research should have a mastery of statistical methods, while applicants interested in quantitative modeling should have a strong background in quantitative methods, i.e., applied probability, statistics, and operations research. This background may be achieved through previous coursework. Applicants with degrees in business, economics, mathematics, engineering, and related fields are encouraged to apply.

Admission Requirements

Every three years students are admitted to the program in a cohort group. You will complete the DBA program with the same group of students with whom you begin. This approach, with an emphasis on collaboration, sustains motivation through peer support throughout the program. 

The following summarizes the requirements for admission to the DBA in Operations Management:

  1. An applicant to the DBA program must hold a master's degree. Applicants for the DBA degree with an Operations Management specialization must have either an MBA or a master's degree in Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Supply Chain Management or a related field. Students who lack sufficient background in Operations Management will be required to take preparatory courses as determined by the OSM department DBA advisor.

    Students who do not have an MBA will be required to take the business preparatory courses below:
    • ACT 501 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
    • FIN 501 Financial Management (3 credits)
    • MKT 501 Marketing Theory and Practice (3 credits)
    • MLR 511 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  2. At least 1,260 points based on the following formula: 200 times the graduate grade-point average plus the total score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). A minimum score at the 70th percentile in the quantitative areas on the GMAT or GRE is preferred. GMAT or GRE scores should be provided from a test taken within five years prior to application to the DBA program.

  3. The formula outlined above serves as a general guideline for the Doctoral Program Faculty Committee, which makes admission recommendation to the Graduate College Admissions office. Applicants also must submit a current resume, a statement of goals and objectives, and three letters of recommendation. At least one letter should come from a college professor familiar with the applicant's graduate-level performance and academic ability.

  4. An application, an official transcript from each college and university previously attended, and other application materials (a current resume, a statement of goals and objectives, and three letters of recommendation) must be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Cleveland State University, 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115.

How To Apply

Interested applicants may apply online or download and print the application. The paper application can be mailed or dropped off to:

Operations and Supply Chain Management Department
Cleveland State University
1860 E. 18th Street, Room BU 539
Cleveland, Ohio 44115

Program Structure

The DBA program requires completion of sixty-four semester credit hours (forty-four hours of courses, twenty hours of doctoral research) with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

Each DBA student must complete the following program of study, including specific core, major, and support courses, seminars, electives, and doctoral dissertation research:

  • Foundational courses, including courses in a student's functional area, and a teaching seminar (minimum 9 credits)
  • Advanced Analytical and Operational Core (minimum 12 credits)
  • Major Elective courses (minimum 18 credits)
  • Additional research seminars (6 to 8 credits)
  • Dissertation research (minimum 15 credits)

Students must register for twelve dissertation research credits during their first year of the dissertation with the dissertation project. After the first year, students must register for a minimum of one dissertation credit hour each semester until the dissertation is completed.

Major Elective Courses in OSM
OSM 801   Theory of Optimization in Production and Operations (3 credits)
OSM 802   Current Topic Professional Seminar (3 credits)
OSM 804   Supply Chain Models (3 credits)
OSM 805   Quality Control (3 credits)
OSM 806   Strategic Supply Chain Management (3 credits)
OSM 810   Scheduling (3 credits)
OSM 814   Flexible Manufacturing Systems (3 credits)
OSM 819   Operations Strategy (3 credits)
OSM 822   Project Management (3 credits)
OSM 891   Doctoral Research in Production/Operations Management (1-12 credits)
OSM 895   Dissertation Research Seminar (3 credits)
OSM 896   Current Problems in Production/Operations Management (1-4 credits)
OSM 899   Dissertation (1-12 credits)

Please visit the Course Descriptions section of the Graduate Catalog for details on OSM courses.

Faculty Research

Our faculty members are active and committed researchers whose contributions are recognized nationally and internationally. Their publications in the areas of strategic supply chain management, supply chain models, project management, scheduling, and related topics have appeared in such journals as Journal of Supply Chain ManagementSupply Chain Management: An International JournalManagement ScienceOperations ResearchJournal of Operations ManagementEuropean Journal of Operational ResearchNaval Research LogisticsInternational Journal of Production Research and International Journal of Operations and Production Management.

For a listing of current faculty publications, please visit:

For faculty profiles, please visit:

Our Alumni

Many of our graduates work as tenured faculty in prestigious universities and organizations. The following is a list of some of our success stories:

  • Michael Small (1993), University of Illinois, Springfield
  • Atul Gupta (1995), Lynchburg College
  • Walid Belassi (1996), Athabasca University
  • Joseph Muscatello (2002), Kent State University
  • Anthony Paulraj (2002), University of North Florida
  • Tibor Kremic (2003), Nasa Glenn Research Center
  • Robert Stoll (2010), Ashland University
  • Richard Miller (2010), University of Dallas