Management, Ph.D.

Solve today's major business challenges through multifaceted application and theory.

PhD in Management

Program Overview

The doctoral program in management develops scholars highly skilled in teaching and conducting research. Within each business discipline, theoretical underpinnings and applications are explored with systematic and quantitative techniques.

Ph.D. students learn from faculty members who advance business theory and practice through economics, behavioral sciences, and analytical methods and research. Faculty research covers a wide variety of areas, including corporate finance, banking, strategic management, joint ventures, capital markets, and organizational behavior.


The Lally Ph.D. program can be completed in 90 credits and takes three to five years to complete.

Typical Program Structure:

  • Year One: Fulfills the breadth of requirements and prepares students to conduct research
  • Year Two: Consists of area-oriented coursework and a qualifying and comprehensive exam
  • Year Three: Consists of dissertation research and a candidacy exam
  • Year Four: Consists of dissertation research
  • Year Five: Consists of dissertation research and an oral dissertation defense

A student with a master's in management or MBA from an AACSB-accredited institution within seven years of applying to the doctoral program, and who is able to take courses in the summer, can consider completing the program within three years. Additional courses are required of students who enter without a master’s degree in management.

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Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency, both theoretically and empirically, in their area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in research and research methods.
  • Demonstrate effective presentation and speaking skills in the classroom and in professional academic settings.
  • Write and present academic research papers of conference-level quality.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write high-quality papers for submission to academic journals.



Lally School of Management
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
110 8th Street, Pittsburgh Building, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 276-2812

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