Mendoza School of Business

PhD in Management

Why a PhD?

Earning a PhD in Management would allow you to become a professor in the management department of a top business school. There you could pursue a research agenda that you’re passionate about and that can improve employee thriving and organizational effectiveness. You could then pass your knowledge on to the next generation of business leaders in the classroom. As a career direction, the life of a professor in a top business school is very purposeful and surprisingly lucrative–with unparalleled job security.

Why Notre Dame?

The Mendoza College of Business is launching a PhD program for the first time in its history–beginning with the PhD in Management through the Management & Organization (M&O) department. It’s an exciting and historic time, and there are several reasons why Notre Dame is a perfect place to pursue your PhD in Management.

Faculty Productivity

The M&O faculty are extremely productive, with work showcased in journals like Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Management Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology.

Institutional Prestige

Notre Dame is a Top 20 US News university--and one with a nationwide reputation and brand. A PhD from Notre Dame therefore sets you up for success at both elite private schools and flagship state universities.

Passion Focused

M&O faculty study a number of topics relevant to Mendoza's Grow the Good in Business mission, including meaning, resilience, trust, ideology, ethics, activism, humility, reputation, justice, and social responsibility. But we encourage PhD students to follow their own passions--and we'll help you develop lead-authored work on whatever you're passionate about.

Editorial Experience

M&O faculty include former Editors of top journals, along with current and former Associate Editors. We also serve on the Editorial Boards of virtually all of our top journals. You'll therefore learn the craft of research from the people who have shaped the publishing process.

Placement Potential

Although our PhD program is new, our faculty have significant experience placing PhD students in top business schools--whether in earlier faculty positions or through our former postdoctoral program. Collectively, our faculty have already placed 13 students at UT-Dallas Top 100 business schools.

The Management & Organization (M&O) faculty fall into two subgroups: Organizational Behavior (OB) and Strategy & Entrepreneurship (S&E).

  • Organizational Behavior faculty
  • Strategy & Entrepreneurship faculty
    • Craig Crossland (executive succession, managerial discretion, strategic leadership)
    • Dean Shepherd (entrepreneurship, resilience, strategic decision making)
    • Viva Bartkus (executive anxiety, strategic decision making, social capital)
    • Michael Mannor (strategic attention, risk taking, corporate philanthropy)
    • Adam Wowak (executive sociopolitical activism, strategic leadership, executive compensation)
    • John Busenbark (executive influence on investors & analysts, boards of directors, mergers & acquisitions)
    • Tim Hubbard (corporate reputation, social responsibility, innovation)
    • Joanna Campbell (stakeholder management, organizational capabilities, corporate greed)

Program Structure

Our program is a five-year, full-time, in-residence program. You’ll learn how to conduct important, rigorous, and interesting research in management by collaborating with our talented faculty. You’ll also learn how to impart that knowledge in the classroom. Click below for a year-by-year breakdown of how the program is structured.

The craft of research is something you learn by doing, so you’ll get involved in research projects right away. Meanwhile, in the classroom, you’ll take both research methods and content seminars. Highlights include Introduction to Management Methods (taught by Jason Colquitt), Advanced Management Methods (taught by John Busenbark), Theory and Research in Organizational Behavior (taught by Cindy Muir), and Theory and Research in Strategy (taught by Adam Wowak).

You’ll continue to move ongoing research projects forward, but will begin pivoting to lead-authored work in the areas that you’re passionate about. In the classroom, you’ll continue to take additional research methods and content seminars–both inside and outside of M&O. That training will culminate in your comprehensive exams, which occur the summer after your second year.

With your coursework complete, you’ll focus even more on moving projects forward–both your lead-authored projects and ones where faculty are leading. Much of that attention will be devoted to the review process: submitting manuscripts, handling revisions, and otherwise improving your work. You’ll also teach for the first time, with OB students teaching one section of an undergrad OB course and S&E students teaching one section of an undergrad Strategy course.

As you continue to manage your portfolio of research projects, you’ll turn your attention to your dissertation. What important contributions do you want to make to your unique areas of interest? You’ll also teach for the second time, with OB students teaching one section of an undergrad Human Resources course and S&E students teaching one section of an undergrad Entrepreneurship course.

You’ll defend your dissertation proposal in early summer before going on the academic job market in the fall. Students tend to accept academic positions in November or December. You’ll then defend your dissertation in the spring, continue to manage your research portfolio, and look forward to life as a professor!

Contact Me

As the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) for the PhD in Management, I’d be happy to answer any questions you have about the program–or a PhD path more generally. Please email me at jason.colquitt@nd.edu. I look forward to corresponding with you! Please note that our application portal will go live in early fall, with links appearing on this site and on other Mendoza pages. Our application deadline for the Fall 2022 cohort will be in early January.

Jason Colquitt

 

Frequently Asked Questions

All students who are admitted to the program will be given a full tuition waiver. So the program is essentially tuition-free, with the only direct costs being miscellaneous university fees. In addition, all PhD students are paid a stipend of $40,000 a year. That stipend serves as compensation for your research activities (and for the teaching you would do in years three and four).

We require either the GRE or the GMAT, and have no preference between the two. If you’ve previously taken one of those tests, we require a score that is less than five years old.

It’s hard to say, as that is a function of a given application cycle, along with the rest of an applicant’s admissions portfolio. Most years, however, verbal and quantitative percentiles in the 80’s will be needed to advance to the short list.

Yes, if English is not your native language, or if English was not your language of college instruction. We accept either the TOEFL or the IELTS. If you’ve previously taken one of those tests, we require a score that is less than two years old.

You’ll fill out an online application form that will be linked on this site. And you’ll provide your resume, a statement of purpose/intent, three letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts of college (and any masters) degrees.

No. This sort of degree is best thought of as a research apprenticeship—where you are learning research skills in collaboration with faculty. That sort of collaboration requires a full-time, five-year, in-residence commitment.

Yes. Like virtually all other PhD programs in Management, the focus of our program is training students to become professors in top business schools. Upon graduation, the expectation is that you’ll become a professor in a Management department at a UT-Dallas Top 100 business school. If you are interested in OB topics with more of an eye toward a consulting or industry path, you might consider PhD programs in industrial/organizational psychology. Those programs offer both academic and applied tracks.

No. This is—first and foremost—a research degree. Teaching is part of the degree, as teaching is an important part of a professor’s career. But, if teaching or administration are your main focus, you might do a search for Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs, which are sometimes also called Executive Doctorate programs.


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