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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions of the PhD degree in Management and Organization

What should I expect from the Management and Organization Ph.D. program?

Atrium OutsideIf you are interested in an academic career at a major research university, then the Management and Organization Ph.D. program will serve as a research apprenticeship for you, one that will give you the skills and training needed to succeed. In selecting a Ph.D. program, prospective students should look for faculty who are actively engaged in academic research and have a track record of mentoring doctoral students. The faculty of the Department of Management & Organization are ranked highly in terms of publications in the field's top journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organizational Science, and Organizational Behavior Human Decision Processes, and Strategic Management Journal. As noted above, our students frequently work on collaborative research projects with faculty that result in coauthored publications.

Does the program train people to become consultants?

Our program has one overriding aim: to prepare students for careers as professors at major research universities. We do not educate people who want to become consultants, nor those who wish primarily to have a teaching career, but do not plan on doing cutting-edge research.

Can I pursue a doctoral degree part-time, or through distance learning?

Our program is a full-time Ph.D. program that involves intensive research interaction between faculty and doctoral students in residence at University Park. We do not admit part-time students.

In what areas can I specialize?

Areas of concentration include organizational behavior, organization theory, strategic management, human resources management, international management, and business & society, among others. Members of our faculty are cross-disciplinary and have many eclectic interests, which makes it possible for students to combine areas of concentration and to design custom specializations.

How long is the program?

The expected time for completion of the degree is 4-5 years, with 2 - 2½ years devoted to course work and 2 – 2 ½ years devoted to completing the dissertation. An illustrative timetable is available above for your review.

How many students are in the program?

Normally there are approximately twelve to fifteen Ph.D. students in residence in the program.

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