A Ph.D. is a research degree. We believe those who receive a Ph.D. from the Management Department should be talented and enthusiastic organizational scholars. They should be able to critically evaluate existing research, translate and disseminate research knowledge to their students and their communities, and conduct their own original research -- adding to what we know and what we do in the management discipline. Therefore, students whose major field is management are always receiving research-oriented training.
A primary form of that training occurs in one-to-one working relationships. From their first semester in the program, Ph. D. students are encouraged to work closely with our faculty members on current research projects, from which jointly authored papers are submitted and published in the field's top journals: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Management, Management Science, Organization Science, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Personnel Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, and so on (see Faculty listing). Our faculty is committed to collaborative, collegial student-faculty interactions that often lead to longer-term research partnerships.
We also have high expectations that students will learn from and do well in their coursework (see Major Field, Minor Field, Research Field). As with the other programs i n the College of Business, we require 18 hours of classes in the Management major, 15 hours in research methods, and 12 hours in a minor support outside the Department of Management. Students should find that their substantive knowledge helps them to apply and crystallize what they learn about methods. Likewise, we expect methods courses to help students make better, more informed conclusions about existing management theory and research.
Finally, we believe that the Ph.D. program should also prepare students to excel in teaching. Although students will probably not be classroom instructors until after their first year of studies, we link each student with individual faculty members as "teaching mentors." Through this mentoring program, students will learn how to put together a course syllabus, prepare and deliver lectures, create and grade assignments, construct and evaluate tests, and track student progress.
An applicant who is a non-native speaker of English who wishes to be considered for funding by GTA or Fellowship must submit test scores which include a score on the Speaking section of the TOEFL iBT of at least 23 or a score of at least 7 on the Speaking section of the IELTS, or have a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited University in the United States.
What Makes us Different?
Our program is student-centered. We realize that the best advertising for a superior Ph.D. program is having exceptional graduates. Our students have won many (inter)national grants, awards, and honors. They've gone on to take academic positions at top institutions.
For these reasons, we keep our program deliberately small -- maintaining close to a 1:1 ratio of students to faculty. We provide a flexible set of courses to fit with student interests. We allow exceptionally qualified students the opportunity to attend part-time. Once they acquire the skills and motivation to do so, Ph.D. students are also encouraged to follow their own research interests rather than be compelled to follow a particular faculty member's.
We also support all of our full-time students with continuing scholarships or assistantships as long as they are making good academic progress. We want to do whatever we can to foster student success in our program and their careers. Removing financial roadblocks can help us reach that objective.
We deliver the highest quality scholarly training. Our program is challenging and rigorous; it is also engaging and rewarding. If you're interested and want more specific information, please visit any of the links on this page for details, or e-mail the major field coordinator: Dr. James Lavelle.
THE MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT WILL ACCEPT APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2014. ALL OPENINGS FOR FALL 2013 HAVE BEEN FILLED. For Fall admissions, please submit all applications no later than February 15th.