PhD in Management

PhD in Management

Master the field of management today. And help shape its tomorrow.


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With its outstanding faculty and leading research labs and centers, the doctoral program in management puts you on the path to a bright future in research and academics.

Admitting just a few PhD students each year, we ensure you’ll have every opportunity to work with management and organizational behavior faculty and develop the essential research and publication skills you need.


The Program

Program Essentials

This full-time doctoral program is interdisciplinary and draws heavily from the fields of psychology, sociology, management and behavioral sciences. You’ll develop a true mastery of each topic within your area of study and build a foundation in theory, research design and methodology. And you’ll gain the teaching skills to succeed in your future academic career.

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Plan of Study

You’ll earn 36 units in your major field, 12 units in your minor field and 18 units of dissertation credit over the course of your program. A master’s project will fall in years one and two, with comprehensive exams generally taking place after year two or three. You’ll also teach one full semester-long course to undergraduate students.

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This program has given me pause to think about what type of leader I am. My classes are challenging me to stop thinking myopically about issues and to start looking for bigger trends in why certain problems arise or exist. Looking back on my career now, I am ready to stop being the leader I think an organization needs and to start being the leader that is true to my personal strengths.

Jeff Larson '23 PhD (Management)

Tamar Kugler

Six Questions with Tamar Kugler
Associate Professor of Management and Organizations

Human decision making is not only interesting, but also quite non-intuitive. I therefore spend less time talking in class, and more time engaging the student in decision tasks that demonstrate their own tendencies for decision biases.

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Doctoral Admissions Process

Applicants need to complete an online application and should fulfill minimum requirements including a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher, a bachelor’s degree, solid math proficiency and a GRE or GMAT score in the upper 85th percentile.

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Management PhD students receive funding to cover the cost of tuition. Students also typically receive a research assistantship stipend which starts around $20,000 per year.

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Application Deadline

December 15: Application Deadline (Domestic and International)

Doctoral students are admitted only in the fall semester, and all application materials must be submitted online.

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By focusing on research during your time in our doctoral program, you’ll be able to successfully compete in the academic job marketplace upon graduation. Our supportive faculty are known for their exceptional research productivity, and facilities like the Organizational Behavior Laboratory will be available for your research use.

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Our faculty work hard to prepare each doctoral candidate to thrive in their academic careers, and the collaboration pays off. Our doctoral alumni have landed exciting jobs around the world, including teaching and research positions at top academic institutions such as Hofstra University, the University of Washington and University of North Carolina.

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Management Faculty

The Management and Organizations Department is proud to be the home of some of the nation’s leading management faculty and researchers. Our 1:2 student-to-faculty ratio means each doctoral student has the support and mentorship to thrive and push themselves academically. Get to know our exceptional faculty and read their recent publications.

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Start Your Journey to the Top of Your Field

Small class sizes. A great faculty-to-doctoral-student ratio. Incredible research resources. A stellar track record. And you.

Contact us with any questions, or if you're ready to apply to the Eller Doctoral Program in Management, just click below. We look forward to making breakthroughs together.

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