Ph.D. in Management


Multi-faceted application and theory for solving today’s business-related problems.

The Lally School offers a Doctor of Philosophy program in Management. The program develops scholars highly skilled in conducting research and teaching. 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.

Curriculum & Courses

The Lally Ph.D. program can be completed in 90 credits and usually takes a minimum of three years to complete. 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 the three-year program. Additional courses, particularly background or breadth courses are required of students who enter without a master’s of management.

Doctoral program formats

  • Formal Courses
  • Seminars
  • Independent Studies
  • Examinations
  • Written Papers
  • Workshops
  • Presentations
  • Dissertation

Areas of research

  • Finance and Accounting
  • Information Systems
  • Organization Behavior
  • Strategic Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management

Additional concentrations

  • Information Technology
  • Innovation Management and New Product Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Global Management

Program structure

  • Year one fulfills the breadth of requirements and preparation for conducting research
  • Year two consists of area-oriented coursework, and a qualifying and comprehensive exam
  • Year three consists of dissertation research, a candidacy exam, and oral defense of dissertation

Academic resources and support services

  • Learning and career development assistance
  • Legal services
  • Health services
  • A fitness center
  • Child care services
  • A graduate council
  • Married-student organizations
  • Graduate and family housing