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Top Business PhD Programs: School List

Many top executives, professors and economists hold Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in one of the numerous business specializations available at colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Find out more about rankings and program details for the top schools that offer a Ph.D. in Business.

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The University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley) and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor are home to two highly-respected business Ph.D. programs in the nation. Students can choose from a variety of focuses within the business field. Continue reading to learn more.

1. University of California-Berkeley

School Highlight: In the Fall of 2013 the University of California at Berkeley's Haas School of Business only accepted two new students from 63 applications.

The Haas School of Business offers a doctorate degree program in business and public policy. The curriculum includes classes on economics, political science, business theory and behavioral science. Fields of study within the Ph.D. program include finance, organization management, operations management and marketing. Several Berkeley economic professors are Nobel laureates.

2. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

School Highlight: University of Michigan's Ross School of Business is ranked as having the fourth best research faculty in the world.

The Ph.D. degree programs related to business that are available at this school include business economics and public policy, organization management and marketing. Some sample coursework in these programs includes classes on microeconomic theory, international trade, industrial organization and labor economics. The enrollment process is highly competitive.

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Top Business Ph.D. Programs in the U.S.

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Students can choose either a Ph.D. program in economics or a program in business administration with seven concentration options, including agribusiness, supply chain management and information systems Tempe, AZ
Boston College Ph.D. programs focus on either finance or organization studies Chestnut Hill, MA
Indiana University-Bloomington Business Ph.D. students can select a major and a minor from 10 areas of study, including decision sciences, finance and business economics and public policy Bloomington, IN
New York University Doctoral business program has a 2:1 faculty-to-student ratio New York, NY
Ohio State University-Main Campus University offers a Ph.D. program in accounting and management information systems (MIS); the program is only offered on a full-time basis Colum bus, OH
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Business administration doctoral program offers students six areas of concentration, including process management, marketing and strategy and entrepreneurship Champaign, IL
University of Southern California School of Business operates 12 research centers and institutes focusing on areas like sports business, global branding and management communication Los Angeles, CA
The University of Texas at Austin Ph.D. programs available in finance, information, risk and operations management, accounting, management and marketing Austin, TX
University of Washington-Seattle Campus Possible areas of specialization for the Ph.D. in Business Administration include technology entrepreneurship, which is a new offering in the doctoral program Seattle, WA
University of Wisconsin-Madison Doctoral program in business offers 10-12 credit minor options for business students and Ph.D. students from other disciplines Madison, WI
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