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8 place StudyQA ranking:5289 Duration:48 months

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Yale’s Operations doctoral program is unique in its focus on identifying and modeling operational processes wherever they are found with the goal of improving operations and making better decisions. Program participants apply the methods of operations research and management to model important problems, some easily recognized as operational in nature (e.g. supply chains and service systems), but others less so (e.g. improving public health, sustainability, and homeland security).

Framing such problems requires sophistication in characterizing/recognizing operational settings wherever they may be, while modeling and solving these problems requires the mathematical methods of operations research and management. The Yale Operations doctoral program develops expertise in both. The program is small, ensuring that each student receives ample faculty attention, and is highly flexible, allowing the program to be tailored to each student’s interests.


All students must complete 14 courses: two required core courses, five required methods courses, two operations modeling courses, two elective methods courses, two elective application area courses, and one free elective.

Courses include:

  • Models of Operations Research and Management
  • Modeling Operational Processes
  • Policy Modeling
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Optimization Techniques


To be admitted to the Ph.D. program in Operations at Yale, students must have already completed coures in multivariable calculus, differential equations, and linear algebra.

Applications are considered only once per year, and all new students begin their doctoral studies in the fall term. Classes are not offered on evenings or weekends, nor is it possible to be a student in the program while holding a full-time job. Applicants are required to take either the GRE or GMAT test.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL iBT® test: 101


All students admitted to the program are given full financial aid for five years as long as they continue to satisfy the program's academic requirements. The aid consists of a tuition waiver and a stipend that is comparable to stipends offered by other leading Schools of Management.



The mission of the Yale School of management is educating leaders for business and society. The school’s students, faculty, and alumni are committed to understanding the complex forces transforming global markets and using that understanding to build organizations—in the for-profit, nonprofit, entrepreneurial, and government sectors—that contribute lasting value to society.

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