PhD in Logistics and Supply Chain Management

The main goal of the PhD Program on Logistics and Supply Chain Management is to develop outstanding scholars who will pursue distinguished careers in research and education. Students work intensively with our faculty to create new knowledge in fields of interest such as supply chain network design, supply chain coordination, inventory management, supply chain finance, supply chain risk management and security and supply chain innovation. Apply Now!








This full-time program follows the highest international quality standards for doctoral studies, from the rigorous admissions process, continuous high-performance control process, to the comprehensive exam and thesis defense, enabling graduates to take faculty positions at leading universities around the world or to become innovation leaders for international companies.

The program provides students with:

  • Financial Aid
  • Multicultural academic and research experience in both the EU and the US
  • MIT SCALE Network: Multi-continent experience
  • A unique focused PhD program on SCM
  • Teaching assistantship opportunities in our Masters
  • Faculty network with strong credentials
  • Official PhD degree awarded by the University of Zaragoza
  • Doctoral certificate from MIT
  • Prospective MIT Exchange student
  • Full time dedication

"Doing my PhD was certainly life changing for me. Not only I had the opportunity to learn from the best teachers, but develop myself surrounded by amazing people and a challenging environment. Couldn’t be more grateful to everyone in ZLC, MIT and the company partner for the opportunity"

Lygia Bronneberg, PhD 2023
Senior Naval Engineer at Transpetro

PhD students complete the necessary coursework during the first three semesters. Specifically, during the first year, students take doctoral level courses offered at ZLC, while they typically spend one semester during the second year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Some examples of such courses are probability and stochastic processes, empirical methods, integer and dynamic programming, inventory management and game theory.

The last three semesters are dedicated to research. Each student is required to take and pass the qualification exam in order to become PhD candidates at the beginning of the fourth semester. They are also expected to submit a proposal for the dissertation.

The dissertations works are expected to be finished by students by the end of the third academic year.

Depending on the particular situation and subject to approval from the PhD Director, the Advisor and ZLC Director, students might be given the opportunity to have short research stays at other leading schools.

  • Mathematical Programming
  • Advanced Logistics Systems
  • Probability Models and Stochastic Processes
  • Inventory Theory
  • Empirical Methods in Operations Management
  • Dynamic Programming
  • PhD Summer Academy
Students will spend one semester during second year at MIT (USA). Courses will depend on the research field of interest of the students.
The last three semesters are dedicated to research. At the beginning of the fourth semester, each student is required to take and pass the qualification exam in order to become PhD Candidates. They are also expected to submit a research paper to a peer-review journal (OR/OM journal list) following their supervisor recommendations.
The last year is dedicated to research, and students are expected to finish their dissertation work by the end of the third academic year. Depending on the particular situation and subject to approval from the PhD Director, the Advisor and ZLC Director, students might be given the opportunity to have short research stays at other leading schools.

Who should apply

A select group of students from around the globe are chosen to join the doctoral program every 2 years. Currently, the MIT Zaragoza PhD Program has an international student body of doctoral students from all different continents.

All PhD applicants must hold an undergraduate and a graduate degree (Master level diploma) or equivalent qualifications from their home countries that qualify them for doctoral studies.

When to apply

The application for 2024-2025 academic year is open. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the deadline March 8, 2024.

Those interested for the PhD Program contact through the Admissions Office or by phone: (+34) 976 077 600.

Ready to Apply?

All candidates must apply online. The Gradapply platform allows you to prepare and submit your application directly to the MIT admissions department.
Additionally, you must submit supplemental materials to complete your application. Below is a list of all the necessary documents:

  1. Application form
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Copy of your passport
  4. Official GRE scores (it is a must for all candidates)
  5. Official TOEFL, IELTS or other similar English test (if not a native speaker)
  6. Official transcripts/diploma (both Master and Bachelor degree are required).
  7. Three letters of recommendation
  8. Statement of objectives


PhD Team

Yasel Costa

PhD Program Director

Beatriz Vergara

PhD & Executive Education Coordinator


International ZLC Tuition:

  • 1st year: 12,000 €
  • 2nd year: 12,000 €*
  • 3rd year: 12,000 €

Total: 36,000 € (3 years)

*Students who successfully pass the Qualifying exam will obtain a Certificate in Research in Logistics and SCM, from ZLC and MIT-Zaragoza International Logistics Program.

Financial Aid

The program covers the tuition and provides students with monthly stipends for 3 years. In return, students are expected to serve as:

  • Teaching Assistant (TA) in our Masters Program
  • Research Assistant (RA) in related projects


Living Expenses

Tuition does not cover administrative fees (€300), books, living or travel expenses to Zaragoza or to Boston for the international exchange. Living expenses vary, depending on lifestyle and whether students wish to live alone, with roommates or with a family. The cost of living in Zaragoza is lower than in much of Europe. Currently, a budget of around €400-€600 per month is the norm for single students.


250-700 €/month


150-300 €/month


50 €/month




90-150 €/month


50 €/month

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Our PhD graduates are working for Universities and companies such as:

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