Business and Management, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Doctoral students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework, in addition to 12 credits of BMGT899.

Course Title Credits
Core Requirements
Major field courses18
Research Tools courses12
Minor field courses12
Dissertation Research Requirements
BMGT899Doctoral Dissertation Research12
Total Credits54

Smith PhD is a full-time program designed to produce outstanding scholars in management-related disciplines. The primary goal is to place graduates in academic tenure-track faculty position at research academic institutions. Thus, a strong research philosophy pervades the entire program. The low student-to-faculty ratio fosters a high degree of interaction between faculty and students on research projects of mutual interest, frequently culminating in journal articles. Students whose career aspirations are congruent with the program's research orientation can look forward to a learning experience that is not only demanding but also stimulating and enriching.

Students should complete course work within 2 years of the program and sit for a qualifying or comprehensive exam (or both) within those 2 years. Course requirements total 42 credits. The exam will determine whether the student should continue in the program. Students must successfully pass their exams, paper requirements and complete all course work before they are eligible for advancement to candidacy. Students will complete 2 teaching requirements (as instructor) upon completion of course work. Additionally, students must propose their dissertation no later than May 31st of their fourth year, which designates the fifth year for the job market and completion of the dissertation.
98% of our students receive funding from Smith PhD. Students not funded by the program are typically funded by government or military scholarships, which are guaranteed for five years. Applications are considered first for quality with the assumption that funding is required from Smith PhD. Only after rendering an admissions decision will funding be considered and evaluated. Information about financial support is located on our website.

Graduates of the program have accepted positions at various academic institutions including: Boston College, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Columbia University, Georgetown University,Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology,Indiana University, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Lehigh University, McGill University, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, Notre Dame, Penn State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Texas A & M University, University of Houston, University of California (Davis), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Southern California, University of Texas, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt University.

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