Ph.D. in Business Analytics

A Ph.D. in Analytics from UT’s Haslam College of Business provides the intellectual and professional capabilities needed to pursue research and teaching careers at major universities.

This program is currently offered as a concentration within the Management Science Ph.D. program. The rapid growth in this nascent field provides ample opportunities for increased research activity and very attractive employment opportunities. We are looking for students with strong quantitative abilities and a desire to be a pioneer in the field of analytics.

The program is designed to have faculty work with a highly qualified and motivated group of students in a collaborative relationship to create a high level of learning and research productivity. While the focus is on research productivity, significant attention is also paid to grooming the student for classroom teaching.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Our normal admissions cycle is for Fall admissions. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider Spring term admissions.
  • We fund approximately four students each admissions cycle. Funding includes a tuition waiver and a stipend.
  • One of the most important things you can do is figure out if your interests match one of the faculty members in our department. Please take the time to review our faculty profiles and their research areas.
  • We are not able to predict if you will be admitted or receive one of the funding slots without seeing your application.


The Department of Business Analytics and Statistics has 17 research-active tenured or tenure-track faculty, with recent publications in top-tier journals, including IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, Information Systems Research, INFORMS Journal on Applied Analytics, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Marketing, Journal of Operations Management, Manufacturing & Service Operations Management, Production and Operations Management, Statistica Sinica and Technometrics. To find out more about each faculty members’ research areas, please review the department faculty page.

Sean Willems, PhD Director
Haslam Chair in Supply Chain Analytics
Research Interests: Employing optimization-based operations research methods to solve real-world supply chain problems.

Foundation Course Faculty

Emre Demirkaya, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Focuses on high-dimensional statistics, big data problems and statistical machine learning including variable selection, FDR control and model selection.
Chuanren (Charles) Liu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Data-driven research methodology and applications in healthcare, e-commerce and investment.
Yuanyang (Yang) Liu, Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Applying data science techniques to study labor market and HR analytics questions.
Wenjun Zhou, Associate Professor
Research Interests: Developing effective and scalable algorithms for identifying patterns and effects in large-scale and/or unstructured data.