Creating knowledge with enduring impact



At the Merage School, we believe in creating knowledge with enduring impact. Our PhD program prepares students for teaching and scholarly positions in academic institutions. Highly individualized, the doctoral program allows students to pursue their own areas of interest.

Areas of concentration closely parallel the strengths of the School’s faculty and include: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Operations and Decision Technologies, Organization and Management, and Strategy. The program reflects the School’s philosophy that a focused disciplinary orientation is necessary to pursue research on complex business issues in this changing global environment.


Program Structure

The doctoral program at the Merage School believes that a broad and cross-functional orientation is necessary to appreciate complex business problems that extend beyond the narrow confines of a particular discipline. Students planning academic careers can take advantage of teaching opportunities, along with instruction in teaching techniques that are especially effective in management education.

Within the general field of management, many disciplines and technologies are appropriate for advanced study. Because you work closely with the Merage School faculty, areas of concentration often parallel the strengths of faculty members. The doctoral program is divided into two phases, qualification and dissertation.



Research in Action

Our distinguished faculty tackle a broad range of global business topics—many of which address disruption, the role of new technologies and what it means to lead in a digitally-driven world.

Ed Coulson

Does Homeownership Limit Career Advancement Potential?

Ed Coulson, Professor of Economics

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John Joseph

Why Launch Strategy Matters More Than Going First

John Joseph, Associate Professor of Strategy

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Joanna Ho

Corporate Social Responsibility Yields Surprising Returns

Joanna Ho, Professor of Accounting

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Leveraging Our Centers of Excellence

For some PhD students, their journey leads them to one or more of our world-renowned research centers. Many offer financial support for PhD student research. Select research is conducted under the auspices of our research centers, which in turn are a draw for recruiting top faculty to our research community.

Student Success Stories

Jacqueline (Jialin) Tang

Jacqueline (Jialin) Tang


Placements that Move the Dial Forward

The PhD Program has an intensive process for preparing doctoral candidates for a competitive job market. Faculty Advisors are devoted and supportive of their students’ journey to seek the academic position that best fits their professional and personal goals and aspirations.

Below are a few of our most recent alumni placements by their areas of specialization.

Baylor University
CaliforniaState Polytechnic University
California State University, Long Beach
Chapman University
City University of Hong Kong
Columbia University, Post Doc
Gonzaga University
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Loyola Marymount University
Pennsylvania State University
Rice University, Post Doc
Rochester Institute of Technology
San Francisco State University
Washington State University
University of Auckland
University of Colorado - Boulder
University of Illinois
University of Iowa
University of Manchester, UK
University of Mannheim
University of Texas, Austin


Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to breaking down barriers to higher education while celebrating the contributions and achievements of all students—regardless of culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion or nationality. We believe that as a world-class business school, we have a duty to help dismantle systemic racism and discrimination and promote diversity in the business world.