The Doctor of Philosophy in Management programs prepares you for a career in teaching and scholarly research at the university level. Highly individualized, the doctoral program allows students to pursue their own areas of interest. This full-time program emphasizes a strong foundation in both methodological and theoretical training. Candidates are expected to work closely with the Merage School faculty members and, when appropriate, with faculty from other academic units on campus. A teaching requirement, supported by an ongoing seminar in pedagogy, will give you valuable experience in the classroom.

Program Structure

The doctoral program reflects the School's philosophy 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. These areas include accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, operations and decision technologies, and organization and management, and strategy. The doctoral program is divided into two phases, qualification and dissertation.

Qualification (Phase I)

The Qualification Phase provides students with a general exposure to their area of specialization, the discipline of management, and methodological tools. The doctoral program curriculum is based on a flexible menu system, consisting of two menus of courses – one for research methods and one for theoretical breadth courses. 

Coursework requirements are approved by the faculty from your area of specialization. Before advancing to candidacy, your are also required to complete 4 breadth courses on the school-wide menu and the theoretical menu, outside your major field. During this phase, you acquire the knowledge necessary to conduct original research and scholarship including: 

  • Knowledge of research, theory, and key issues in the major subfields in the area of specialization
  • The appreciation of critical analytic abilities relevant to the area of specialization
  • Research methods relevant to the area, including both knowledge of methods and a demonstration of the capacity to use the methods

To advance beyond the Qualification Phase, you must complete all required coursework, a written preliminary examination, and a formal oral qualifying examination. The maximum duration of this phase is 9 academic quarters or 3 calendar years.

Academic Advisor

As a Phase I PhD student, you will be assigned an academic faculty advisor from your area of specialization to assist you in getting acclimated to the Merage School PhD program. The advisor guides you in planning your PhD coursework and supervises your academic progress for the first two years of the program. 
During this phase, you have the opportunity to identify/discover your research interests and find a faculty member who best fits your research needs. The Academic Advisor and the Qualifying Advisor may or may not be the same person.

Qualifying Advisor

At the beginning of the third year, the Qualifying Advisor provides you guidance in pursuing your research interests. The Qualifying Advisor may also be the chair of your thesis committee.

Dissertation (Phase II)

The Dissertation Phase requires the completion of a significant original research project and a dissertation which demonstrates your creativity and ability to launch and sustain a career in research. The type of research project selected is an important determinant of the amount of time you will spend in this phase. Upon approval of the dissertation and final examination (dissertation defense), your doctoral committee recommends the conferral of the degree. The Dissertation Phase is expected to take 24 months after you have advanced to candidacy, which ordinarily occurs three years into the program. The normative time to degree is five years.

PhD Placement


  • California Polytechnic State University, Pomona
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Chinese University, Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • McGill University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Houston
  • University of San Diego

Economics/Public Policy

  • School of Management, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • University of Southern California (Adjunct Professor)


  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Florida State University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Invesco
  • Korea Capital Market Institute
  • Moody's KMV
  • NEOMA Business School (France)
  • Purdue University
  • San Diego State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stanford Consulting Group
  • Syracuse University
  • UNIST, Ulsan Korea
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
  • University of Wisconsin

Information Systems

  • California State Polytechnic University
  • Fordham University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China
  • IE Business School in Madrid
  • McGill University
  • National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan
  • Peking University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Renmin University, Beijing China
  • San Diego State University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University 
  • Shantou University
  • Syracuse University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Texas-Dallas
  • University of Victoria
  • Washington State University


  • Bentley College
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Concordia University, Canada
  • East Carolina University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • George Washington University 
  • Iowa State University
  • MILA Research & Advisory
  • New Mexico State University
  • Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism
  • Sacramento State University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University 
  • Texas A&M
  • The Paul Merage School of Business, UC Irvine (Lecturer)
  • University of Chile
  • University of Kansas
  • University of LaVerne (Adjunct Professor)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Seoul
  • University of Technology Sydney (Senior Lecturer)
  • University of the Pacific
  • University of Western Ontario Ivey Bus School

Operations and Decision Technologies

  • American University
  • Binghamton University 
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • California State University, Fullerton
  • Fudan University
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University 
  • St. Mary's College
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Saskatchewan
  • University of Technology Sydney (Lecturer)

Organization and Management

  • Boston College
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • California State University, Long Beach 
  • New Castle University Business School (UK)
  • New York University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • San Diego State University & California State University, San Marcos (Adjunct Professor)
  • San Jose State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • University of California (Assistant Specialist)
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Franciso


  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Shippensburg University
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Michigan (Visiting Scholar)
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Western Kentucky

Faculty Director

Terry Shevlin Professor Terry Shevlin is a professor of accounting, Paul Merage Chair in Business Growth, Associate Dean of Research and Doctoral Programs at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. He earned his PhD from Stanford University in 1986 and joined the faculty at the University of Washington where he worked for 26 years until joining UCI in the summer of 2012.  He visited the University of Iowa in 1991-92.  He held the Paul Pigott/Paccar Professor of Business Administration from 2004-2012. While at Washington he held various administrative position: faculty director of the PhD Program 1998-2006 and Accounting Department Chair from 2006-2012.  He has served as editor on three academic journals: Journal of the American Taxation Association (1996-1999), Senior Editor, The Accounting Review (2002-2005) and Co-editor, Accounting Horizons (2009-2012) and on numerous editorial boards (including the top four accounting journals).  He has published nearly 30 articles in the very top accounting and finance journals.

Financial Support

Since the PhD program is a full-time in residence program of study employment outside UC Irvine should not be sought. During this period of time students receive a full support package.

The five-year support package covers tuition, fees and a living stipend. This support is provided through a combination of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships, and is subject to terms described in the acceptance letter.

Several other types of financial assistance are also available to graduate students at UC Irvine, including fellowships, tuition fellowships for nonresident students, and student loans. All graduate students who are US citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to access state and federal loans. Foreign students are not eligible for federal aid and do not need to complete the FAFSA. They may be eligible for a private loan with a US co-signer. Please contact Alda Ruggiero for details at or 949.824.7967.