The Ph.D. Program in Management at Michigan State University is designed to prepare individuals for a career in management scholarship at research universities. Our doctoral program places primary emphasis on the development of scholars with competence in the general field of management as well as in a chosen field of concentrated specialization (i.e., organizational behavior, strategic management, or human resource management). All students are provided with assistantships or fellowships, tuition waivers, and health insurance in order to support them throughout the program.
Coursework covers a broad range of topics, including organizational behavior, strategic management, human resource management, and research methods. Doctoral students are expected to be in residence on a full-time basis during the program, which typically takes five years to complete. Upon completion of coursework, students are required to pass a comprehensive examination in management and then complete a dissertation that demonstrates their ability to conduct an original research project. A Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is a confirmation that the recipient has demonstrated a high level of scholarship and is able to conduct research independently and teach at a university level.
For more specific information about our program and its requirements, please see the link to the doctoral student manual below.