Top PhD Programs in Management: List of Schools

Aug 12, 2018

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in management are commonly offered by a university's business school. Get to know ranking and program details for the top Ph.D. in Management programs in the nation.

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Students desiring to earn their Ph.D. in management from a top-ranking institution in the United States have several to choose from. Learn more about these top schools and what makes their programs stand out from the rest.

Stanford University, the University of Chicago and Harvard University are three of the nation's leading institutions with Ph.D. programs in management. At these universities, students have options to specialize in an area of interest. Learn more about these U.S. News & World Report top-ranking schools.

Stanford University

Stanford University in Stanford, CA - School Highlight: The Ph.D. program in business takes three to five years to complete. Students participate in a summer internship that results in a research paper at the end of the session.

Stanford University is a private research university that placed fifth in 2017 on U.S. News & World Report's best national universities, and first in Forbes magazine's 2016 rating of America's best colleges. The Graduate School of Business offers a Ph.D. in Business program for those interested in teaching and researching management studies at the university level. Seven specialized fields of study are offered, including accounting, marketing, organization behavior, and political economics.

University of Chicago

University of Chicago in Chicago, IL - School Highlight: The Booth School of Business offers the nation's oldest Ph.D. program in the field.

Eighty-nine Nobel laureates have been associated with the University of Chicago, which was named the third best national university in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. From seven available specializations, management Ph.D. students select a dissertation area and a support area. The specialization in managerial and organization behavior explores decision-making and human interaction within groups, while the management science/operations management focus uses mathematical and computer modeling to study the processes in production and distribution.

Harvard University

Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts - School Highlight: Ph.D. options are available in organizational behavior and health policy management. Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) programs are also offered in the management, accounting and management, and technology and operations management fields.

Harvard University ranks second on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of best national universities. Doctoral students can choose from five traditional areas of study in business, or pursue interdisciplinary options in conjunction with the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, including business economics, organizational behavior, and health policy management. Students also have access to world-class libraries, regional research centers, and the Faculty Research Computing Center.

Other Top Schools

The following universities also provide potential Ph.D. students with top programs in the field:

School Name & Location Distinction
Ohio State University in Columbus Has a Ph.D. program that is offered in operations management, and the Department of Management's Center for Operational Excellence (COE) provides chances for roundtables and networking with member companies.
Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana Houses the School of Management, which operates a number of research centers and initiatives, including institutions focusing on business opportunity, economic education, leadership communication, and entrepreneurship.
Texas A & M University in College Station Allows management doctoral students to specialize in strategic management or organizational behavior and human resource management.
University of Arizona in Tucson Has a management and organization doctoral program that features a student-faculty ratio of 1:2.
University of California, Berkeley The School of Business supports think tanks for innovation, energy, finance and economics, real estate, and international business.
University of Georgia in Atlanta Has Ph.D. students and faculty that frequently publish together in the management program.
University of Texas at Austin Has a Ph.D. in Management program that offers a major in organizations and strategy where students can focus on either organization science or strategic management.

Several top-ranking institutions across the nation offer Ph.D. programs in management, including Stanford University and Harvard University. All of these top programs are distinct in the unique specializations, resources and facilities that they offer students.

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