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Management Doctoral Program


Welcome to the website for the Ph.D. program in Management at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. With specializations in organizational behavior, strategic management, and human resource management, our doctoral program trains students to become leading scholars at the world’s top research universities.

Our department has a long history of being highly productive at research and producing students who have had very successful academic careers in tenure-track positions at top research universities. Indeed, a 2008 study of scholarly influence in the field of management found that Michigan State University was one of only eight other universities in the world that “have truly excelled in terms of both producing students who become highly cited authors and having current faculty members who also have achieved this status (Podsakoff, MacKenzie, Podsakoff, & Bachrach, 2008, p. 710).”

A major reason for the success of our students is that they become actively involved in research with our faculty. In terms of the number of publications in the best journals in management, our department has consistently ranked in the top five in the world each year (to view current rankings, see As a result of high faculty-student collaboration, it is not uncommon for out students to graduate with multiple publications. Our former students have earned national recognition for their contributions to the field. They have won career awards for their scientific contributions, served in editorial positions for the top journals in management, held positions as distinguished chairs, and become dean of their business school. In short, the doctoral program in management has had a long history of success, and the faculty care greatly about it.

Although we look back with great satisfaction on our past, we are even more optimistic about the future, and we are always on the lookout for the next wave of promising academics. We provide all incoming students with assistantships in order to support them throughout the program. For more details about our program, including areas of research, faculty, current Ph.D. students, recent placements and frequently asked questions, please see the links on the left side of this page. Specific information about program requirements, including coursework, exams, and the doctoral dissertation, can be found in the overview/program description and link to the student manual.

To apply, follow the instructions on the “how to apply” link on the left side of this page.

If you have any further questions not addressed at our website, please feel free to email them to me at

Brent A. Scott,

Professor of Management
Doctoral Program Director

Podsakoff, P. M., MacKenzie, S. B., Podsakoff, N. P., & Bachrach, D. G. (2008). Scholarly influence in the field of management: A bibliometric analysis of the determinants of university and author impact in the management literature in the past quarter century. Journal of Management, 34, 641-720.

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