Top Schools with Organizational Behavior PhD Programs: School List

Learn about the program rankings and content for organizational behavior Ph.D. programs at three leading universities. Find out why these schools stand out and what students can expect from these programs.

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The top Ph.D. programs in organizational behavior are offered by the business schools at Harvard University and Stanford University. These schools both have highly-ranked graduate programs in this subject and both schools offer programs from the micro and macro perspectives.

1. Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts

School Highlight: Students in Harvard's organizational behavior doctoral program are taught by faculty from both the Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology.

In 2015, Harvard University was ranked second on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities, and second on the list of top business schools. This school offers a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior that teaches students to use psychology and sociology perspectives when performing research in organizational behavior. The program also incorporates business administration theories. Students can concentrate on the micro level, which includes individual behavior patterns, or on the macro level, which concentrates on the overall behavior patterns within an organizational setting.

2. Stanford University in California

School Highlight: Stanford's Graduate School of Business is home to several research centers and initiatives, such as the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Social Innovation.

Stanford University was ranked fourth on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top universities and second on the Financial Times 2013 list of top international business schools. The Ph.D. program in organizational behavior is offered through Stanford's Graduate School of Business and is composed of two concentrations, micro and macro organizational behavior. The micro organizational behavior program focuses on the ways that individuals and groups interact within organizational structures and covers topics including perceptions, bargaining, collaboration, profiling, and the use of power. The macro program concentrates on behavior in relation to overall organizational, social and economic structures.

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Top Organizational Behavior Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Boston University The school offers several research centers for doctoral students, including a Human Resources Policy Institute and an Executive Development Roundtable. Boston, MA
Ohio State University In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked OSU 18th among public universities. Columbus, OH
Purdue University - West Lafayette The university's PhD program in organizational behavior boasts a 1:1 student-to-faculty ratio, and every student gets to teach their own course. West Lafayette, IN
University of California - Los Angeles Students have access to the Anderson Behavioral Lab, which administers both online and in-person studies. Los Angeles, CA
University of Maryland - College Park The doctoral program offered by the university's Robert H. Smith School of Business was ranked #9 internationally by the Financial Times in 2015. College Park, MD
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor The PhD program has an acceptance rate of 5% and has approximately 100 students enrolled. Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Commonwealth University Tuition and fees are waived for graduate students with research and teaching assistantships. Richmond, VA
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