Top Business PhD Programs: School List

Jan 08, 2020

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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Ph.D. Programs in Business generally focus on advanced research. Students can choose from a variety of focuses within the business field. The University of California-Berkeley (Berkeley), the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and Arizona State University have highly respected business Ph.D. programs. Each school was nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2020.

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California - Berkeley's graduate business school was tied at #3 by U.S. News and World Report for 2020. The Haas School of Business offers a doctoral 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.

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan's Ross School of Business was tied for #3 on the U.S. News and World Report list of the best business schools for 2020. 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.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

At Arizona State University, students can choose either a Ph.D. program in economics or a program in business administration. The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University offers a Ph.D. in Business Administration. Students can choose between seven concentration options, including agribusiness, supply chain management, accountancy, finance, management, marketing, and information systems, depending on their research interests. A Ph.D. in Economics is also available. The business school is ranked tied at #33 by U.S. News and World Report with a #3 (tied) ranking in the supply chain/logistics specialty and a #11 ranking on the information systems list.

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

These schools also provide excellent business programs for prospective doctoral students.

School Name Distinction Location
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 Offers a Ph.D. program in accounting and management information systems (MIS); the program is only offered on a full-time basis Columbus, OH
University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign Business administration doctoral program offers students six areas of concentration, including operations management, marketing, and strategy and entrepreneurship Champaign, IL
University of Southern California School of Business operates 10 research centers and institutes focusing on areas like sports business, global branding, and management communication Los Angeles, CA
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 eight areas of specialization for business students and Ph.D. students from other disciplines Madison, WI

Students who want to pursue a terminal degree in business or a related field can find excellent academic opportunities at universities with top-ranked business schools.

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