What will I learn?

Chicago's Public Research University in the Heart of a World-Class Business City. The UIC PhD in Business Administration with an area of emphasis in Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) offers advanced training in business statistics, machine learning and data mining, operations research and operations management. Research cutting across these disciplines is highly encouraged. Students are prepared to contribute to basic theoretical, advanced computational and/or data-driven research with equal emphasis on rigor and impact on business. Research contributions typically have an impact on operations, marketing, finance and/or accounting business functions in industries such as energy, retail, healthcare and banking.

An PhD in Business Administration with an area of emphasis in IDS equips students with analytical and methodological skills in statistics, large-scale data analysis, predictive analytics, social network analysis, operations and supply chain management, optimization, etc. We take an inter-disciplinary approach to problem solving, and our graduates are trained to take this holistic view. Today’s business challenges call for advanced graduates in both academia and industry.


The student is required to register for 32 hours of PhD thesis research. The dissertation committee consists of (at least) five faculty members, not all five being from the same department. It is typically the same as the preliminary exam committee.

Which department am I in?

College of Business Administration

Study options

Full Time (Minimum 96 semester hours from the baccalaureate, 64 semester hours from the MBA)

Tuition fees
US$28,814.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 February 2020

Start date

24 August 2020


College of Business Administration

601 S Morgan Street,

11th floor,



60607, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed 4-5 year bachelor.

For international students

Students must have credentials for all undergraduate coursework completed

Credentials for all post-baccalaureate coursework completed

Degree award certificate/diploma for all completed degree programs

Grade Point Average At least 3.00/4.00 for the final 60 semester (90 quarter) hours of undergraduate study.

Minimum English Competency Test Score

  • TOEFL 80, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Speaking 20, and Writing 21 (iBT Internet-based); 60, with subscores of Reading 19, Listening 17, Writing 21 (New Paper-Based—after August 2018); 600 (Institutional Testing Paper-Based—prior to August 2018), OR,
  • IELTS 6.5, with subscores of 6.0 for all four subscores, OR,
  • PTE-Academic 54, with subscores of Reading 51, Listening 47, Speaking 53, and Writing 56.

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About this uni

University of Illinois at Chicago ranks No. 7 on the Best Values list by the Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education rankings

  • Chicago’s largest university with 30,000 students
  • Among the most diverse college campuses in the nation
  • Small class sizes for individualized attention
  • World-class research focus and facilities