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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Students wanting to earn a Ph.D. in organizational behavior can enroll at several top-ranking universities. Explore a handful of these top schools and learn what makes their program stand out above the rest. Some of the top Ph.D. programs in organizational behavior are offered by the business schools at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Boston University.

These schools all have graduate programs in this subject and two offer programs from the micro and macro perspectives. Learn more about these U.S. News & World Report top-ranking institutions and the programs they offer.

Harvard University

In 2017, Harvard University was ranked second on U.S. News & World Report's list of top national universities, and it ranked first 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. Students in Harvard's organizational behavior doctoral program are taught by faculty from both the Harvard Business School and the Department of Sociology.

Stanford University

Stanford University was ranked fifth on U.S. News & World Report's 2017 list of top universities and tied for second on the top business schools list. 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. 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.

Boston University

Boston University ranks tied for the 39th best national university and the 41st best business school for 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Questrom School of Business offers a Ph.D. in management with a concentration in organizational behavior. The interdisciplinary program pulls from sociology, psychology, and organizational studies.

Students will learn from faculty with a wide range of research interests, including ethical decisions, workplace inequality, change initiatives, creativity, and more. The school offers several research centers for doctoral students, including a Human Resources Policy Institute and an Executive Development Roundtable.

Top Organizational Behavior Schools

The following schools also offer unique, top organizational behavior programs.

School Name Distinction Location
Ohio State University In 2017, U.S. News & World Report ranked OSU tied for 16th among public universities, and it tied for 27th among the top business schools Columbus, OH
Purdue University Offers a PhD program in organizational behavior that boasts a low student-to-faculty ratio, and every student gets to teach their own course West Lafayette, IN
University of California - Los Angeles Gives students access to the Anderson Behavioral Lab, which administers both online and in-person studies Los Angeles, CA
University of Maryland Ties for U.S. News & World Report's 41st best business school in 2017 College Park, MD
University of Michigan Ross School of Business offers a PhD in management and organizations Ann Arbor, MI
Virginia Commonwealth University Waives tuition and fees for graduate students with research and teaching assistantships Richmond, VA

There are several top-ranking institutions that offer students a unique Ph.D. program in organizational behavior, such as Harvard and Stanford. These programs can vary in the concentrations they offer and more.

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