The PhD program in Management consists of 16 graduate-level courses: 7 management seminars (6 theory and 1 research methods), two additional research methods courses, a 2-course statistics sequence, a 2-course social science sequence, and 3 electives, as well as the dissertation. Up to 7 electives can be waived by related graduate-level coursework from another institution. In addition to the dissertation, students are also required to complete a research paper. Teaching skills are developed through the requirement of leading two recitation sections of our introductory undergraduate course. Doctoral students are also expected to participate actively in department colloquia.

Sample Program Sequence

Years 1 and 2
  • Coursework
  • Examination
  • Research Papers
  • Research Activities
  • Completion of Other Requirements by Field

Fall: MGMT 900 – Economic Foundations of Research in Management

Spring: MGMT 933 – Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management, Statistics, Social Science Elective, MGMT 953 – Research Methods, Management Subfield, Social Science Elective(s)

First-Year Examination


Fall: Management Subfield Electives, Research Methods Elective(s), Free Elective(s)

Spring: Management Subfield Elective(s), Free Elective(s), Research Paper

Summer: Qualifying Examination

Years 3
  • Directed Reading & Research
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Formulation of Research Topic
Dissertation Proposal, Free Elective(s)
Years 4 and 5
  • Continued Research
  • Oral Examination
  • Dissertation


All students are required to take 3 management courses in the first year (2 core foundations courses and 1 research methods course).
MGMT 900 Economic Foundations of Research in Management
MGMT 933 Psychological and Sociological Foundations of Research in Management
MGMT 953 Research Methods

Subfield Specializations

Students must take at least four credit units from the half-unit subfield specializations:
MGMT 918 Personnel Economics A (0.5 cu)
MGMT 919 Personnel Economics B (0.5 cu)
MGMT 920 Seminar in Human Resources Research (0.5 cu)
MGMT 925 Seminar in Corporate Strategy (0.5 cu)
MGMT 926 Corporate Transactions & Strategy (0.5 cu)
MGMT 932 Special Topics in Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 935 Network Theory & Applications (0.5 cu)
MGMT 937 Entrepreneurship Research Seminar (0.5 cu)
MGMT 938 Family Business Research (0.5 cu)
MGMT 951 Seminar in Micro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 952 Seminar in Macro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 955 Foundations in Multinational Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 957 Seminar in Emotions in Organizations (0.5 cu)
MGMT 958 Advanced Topics in Macro-Organizational Theory (0.5 cu)
MGMT 960 Institutions and Multinational Management (0.5 cu)
MGMT 961 Advanced Topics in Micro-Organizational Behavior (0.5 cu)
MGMT 962 Multinational Firms Global Econ A (0.5 cu)
MGMT 963 Multinational Firms Global Econ B (0.5 cu)
MGMT 970 Applied Methods for Management Research (1 cu)


Additionally, students must choose:
A two-course statistics sequence
Two additional research methods courses
A two-course social science sequence
7 free electives

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Department Info

Visit the Management department website for more information about doctoral students and faculty in this program. Contact

First-Year Examination

At the end of the first year in the program, students will take an exam that tests their competency in the Economic, Sociological and Psychological Foundations of Management Research as well as Management Research Methods. The exam is scheduled in the first-half of May.

Second-Year Examination

The second-year qualifying exam is given to allow students to demonstrate their competency in a particular (pair of) management specialization(s) prior to proceeding to dissertation stage. It is scheduled during the month of May. By the end of February, students choose a core specialization and may choose a related specialization from the following set of six specializations: Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Multinational Management, Organization Behavior, Organization Theory and Strategic Management.

Research Paper

The second-year paper requirement is designed to develop and demonstrate a student’s ability to identify a research question, develop related theory and hypotheses, and test these hypotheses empirically. In addition, it provides an opportunity for the student to practice presenting a paper in a full-session (80-minute) format. The caliber of written work required is at the level of a submission to a high quality and individually appropriate conference venue that is likely to be accepted. Indeed, we strongly encourage students to submit their second year papers for presentation at a major conference and our hope is that students will ultimately submit revised versions of these papers to equally prestigious journals for publication.