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About the PhD in M&O

Learn more about curriculum, funding, admission, and teaching.

Getting in

Admission is competitive and selective. We don't "weed out" after admitting—we'll only admit you if we're confident you'll succeed. Criteria for admission include:

Academic record
The minimum GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. We also consider the rigor of your undergrad or master's institution(s).

GMAT or GRE score
We accept both tests for the purposes of admission.

Statement of purpose
Content and overall seriousness are considered.

English proficiency
International students need significant proficiency in English. We accept TOEFL or IELTS. We'll also review your GMAT or GRE Verbal (80th percentile or higher is recommended) and accumulated years of graduate study in English.

Financial support

We fund all students making satisfactory progress toward completion for five years. Our financial aid package includes:

  • All tuition payments
  • A nine-month stipend for living expenses (approximately $19,000)
  • Comprehensive health and dental insurance plan

PhDs earn the stipend by serving as research or teaching assistants. See details on the base funding package.

Other benefits

M&O provides fellowship funding whenever possible, and support students financially in many ways, including:

  • Departmental fellowships for outstanding students (typically in the first two or final years, to allow more time for research)
  • Fellowships from the Graduate College
  • Summer dissertation grants and funding
  • Additional grant funding for specific faculty research projects
  • Paid membership dues to two professional organizations (SIOP and AOM) for the first two years
  • Funding for travel to national conferences to present research or when you're on the job market
  • A $2,500 research budget to fund research projects, professional memberships, or journal subscriptions
  • Funding for research methods and teaching training, when possible

Curriculum and plan of study

The PhD in management & organizations requires 72 semester hours of credit, in addition to a dissertation. The typical time to complete the degree is five years.

Every year, students submit a progress report for faculty review. Elective coursework can be taken at any point in the program.


Year 1

  • Required and elective coursework
  • Mentored research: Collaboration with a faculty member on a research project, providing exposure to designing and executing studies, analysis, and writing for publication

Year 2

  • Completion of required coursework; continued elective coursework
  • Spring semester: Identify topic and faculty advisor for third-year paper
  • Summer: Comprehensive exams

Year 3

  • Elective coursework: Typically research method training; can include courses from other departments according to your research interests
  • Fall semester: Presentation of third-year paper to faculty/peers
  • Spring semester: Submit paper to AOM conference or other conference; determine dissertation topic

Year 4

  • Fall semester: Continued progress toward dissertation proposal
  • Spring semester: Oral defense of dissertation proposal

Year 5

  • Spring semester: Defense of completed dissertation


    Teaching plan

    It's important that you get many opportunities to develop and demonstrate your teaching capabilities before diving into the job market. We'll work with you to develop a teaching plan that generally includes a progression over your time here:

    1. Leading discussion sections as a teaching assistant for undergraduate courses in M&O
    2. Serving as a teaching assistant for MBA-level courses (whenever possible)
    3. Teaching standalone undergraduate or MBA-level courses

    Our goal: you'll lead two standalone courses during your time in the program and will be well-prepared for your first academic appointment.

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