The qualifying procedure for PhD students consists of three components:
Complete the four core courses during the first year, with an average grade of A- or above.
Conduct research during the first summer (ideally starting in Spring or earlier) and present it in a department seminar at the beginning of the third semester. Submit a research report (paper) at the end of the third semester.
Students will be reviewed after each component. A student who fails to complete component (1) may be asked to withdraw from the program at the end of the first year.
A student who successfully completes component (1) will typically move on to do summer research, advised by a faculty member in the IEOR department. In the rare instance that the PhD Committee is dissatisfied with a student's performance in components (2) and (3), they may be asked to withdraw from the program at the end of the second year.