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PhD

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Overview

The mission of the Ph.D. program in Management is to produce individuals who shape both the academic profession and the practice of management through their excellence in research, teaching, and service. The program focuses on establishing a solid conceptual and methodological foundation that graduates can build on throughout their careers. The vast majority of the program experiences are designed to develop the students' research abilities, and to prepare them to communicate that research to a variety of audiences.

Research:

Graduates of the program are trained to design and execute original, high quality research that will be published in the major scholarly journals and books of the profession. We believe that research published in such outlets will have the greatest impact because of the standards of excellence that they represent. Such research should attempt to advance theory as well as have implications for the practice of management. Expertise in research is developed through students' participation in formal coursework and, more importantly, through their work with and under the direction of faculty on research projects.

Teaching:

Graduates of the program are expected to exhibit the skills needed to successfully teach management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. By giving students the opportunity to teach courses in their area of specialization under the direction of a faculty member, the program provides a foundation that allows them to become excellent teachers. Both course development and in-class teaching skills are considered essential.

Service:

Graduates of the program are encouraged to make substantive service contributions to the academic profession. However, they are not expected or encouraged to do so until after they graduate. Such contributions may include membership on editorial review boards, holding offices in prominent professional associations, dissertation supervision, serving on departmental and schools committees, among others. These activities are no substitute for excellence in research and teaching, but are critical to maintaining an efficient and collegial community.

Recent Placements:

Management Department graduates are serving or have recently served on the faculties of such venerable universities as:

  • Arizona State University
  • Brigham Young University
  • Columbia University
  • Georgia Tech
  • Northwestern University
  • Ohio State University
  • Penn State University
  • Stanford University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Washington
  • University of Wisconsin

Ideal Ph.D. Program Timetable:

Pre-Enrollment & 1st Semester
Discuss Program with Graduate Adviser, area faculty and other students.
Begin coursework. 
Meet as many faculty as possible.

  • 2nd - 4th Semesters
    Fulfill program of study
  • End of 4th Semester
    Comprehensive Exam
  • 6th Semester
    Advance to Candidacy
  • 7th Semester
    Defend Dissertation Proposal
  • 8th - 10th Semesters
    Complete and Defend Dissertation

NOTE: Students will progress at varying speeds through the doctoral program depending on course needs and scope of dissertation research.