Ph.D. students are required to:
- Attend all ISOM Workshops and the Department Seminar Series (regardless of area of specialization) held at the University of Florida.
- During the program, there is an opportunity for students to take elective courses depending upon their chosen specialization, research methodology, or supplementary fields of research/teaching interest. Typically, these courses will be graduate courses in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, and/or Systems and Industrial Engineering. Before taking any of these courses, students need to obtain the approval of the Chair(s) of the Dissertation Committee and/or the Ph.D. Program Coordinator.
- Any student signing up for Research credits in a semester must obtain the approval of the Chair(s) of their Dissertation Committee and/or the Ph.D. Program Coordinator.
- Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of B+ in ISM 6254/ISM 6255 and ESI 6417. If they fail to do so, questions based on these courses will be included in the written qualifying exams.
- For all other methodological courses students must obtain a minimum grade of B. If they fail to do so, questions based on one or more of these courses might be included in the written qualifying exam or they may have to take a separate exam on these courses at a later point in time.
In general, we anticipate that students taking the written qualifying exams will perform satisfactorily in which case they can focus on completing the research paper. However, in the unlikely event that:
- A student's overall performance on the written qualifying exam is evaluated as being "Below Average," the student will be asked to leave the doctoral program but can continue taking courses to obtain an MS-ISOM degree.
- If a student passes over 50% of the written qualifying exam satisfactorily and the performance in the remaining parts of the exam is evaluated as being "Below Average," he/she will be given an opportunity to either repeat the exam in these latter parts or continue taking courses to obtain an MS-ISOM degree. A student choosing to retake the exam must do so after one complete semester has elapsed from the time of the first exam. In case of unsatisfactory performance on any portion of the partial exam on this second round, the student will be asked to leave the doctoral program but can continue taking courses to obtain an MS-ISOM degree.
- For the research paper, students are encouraged to identify a faculty committee (of three faculty) by the end of the Fall semester of their second year. The department faculty view the research paper as a springboard for the student in developing and defending the dissertation proposal. Consequently in evaluating this paper and the presentation, the faculty committee will focus primarily on the originality of the research and/or research plan, potential for current or future publication, ability to think creatively, and communicate and carry out research independently. A student will have satisfactorily completed this requirement when all faculty members on the committee agree that the research paper satisfies these requirements. A student who does not satisfy this requirement will be given one additional semester to revise the paper based on the faculty committee recommendations. Subsequently, he/she will be asked to resubmit the paper and make a presentation to the committee. If this revised paper/presentation is evaluated as being unsatisfactory by one or more faculty on the committee, the student will be asked to leave the doctoral program but can continue taking courses to obtain an MS-ISOM degree.
January 31, 2016
Email (praveen.pathak at warrington.ufl.edu)