About the Program
The Doctor of Philosophy in Business with a concentration in Management at Auburn University prepares students for careers in academia. It provides the depth of knowledge and skills required to conduct quality research and disseminate those findings at scholarly conferences and in top-tier journals.
Our faculty publish in top-tier management journals such Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. Our goal is to prepare doctoral students to also contribute to the management field by conducting high-quality research.
Doctoral students serve as teaching assistants in their first year of the program before moving into their own classroom. Each doctoral student gains experience teaching in the area that best aligns with their research content area (e.g., Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management).
We strive to provide a collaborative environment, and faculty frequently partner with doctoral students on research. Recent collaborations with doctoral students have resulted in publications in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Journal of Operations Management.
Students have the option to specialize in either Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management or Strategic Management/Entrepreneurship. Students do not need to declare a concentration prior to enrollment. Within the first year, students are exposed to a variety of micro (e.g., organizational behavior/human resource management) and macro (e.g., strategic management/entrepreneurship) topics and are encouraged to select a concentration prior to their second year.
The Ph.D. in Business - Management is a four year, full-time program. The bulk of coursework is completed in the first two years. At the end of the second year students will take a comprehensive qualifying exam. Once completed, the third and fourth years are spent on research projects, including dissertation research. Completion of the dissertation and its defense is the last requirement. More detailed information about the course sequence and the current policies and procedures manual can be found at the following links:
WHAT AUBURN IS LOOKING FOR IN DOCTORAL STUDENTS
Highly Motivated – We find that individuals who are highly motivated not only excel in the PhD program, but also form lasting friendships and research partnerships with the faculty at Auburn.
Hard Working – Perhaps the most important and defining quality in a prospective doctoral student is their work ethic. Being a PhD student is challenging, and we find that those students who are dedicated in their work efforts excel in our program.
Research Oriented – Our program is primarily research focused. While students gain experience teaching, those students with a strong interest in research are most likely to succeed in this program.
DOCTORAL STUDENT PLACEMENTS
Our goal is to place students at peer or aspirant institutions. Our alumni have held or currently hold faculty positions at California State University-Fullerton, Clemson University, Iowa State University, Louisiana State University (LSU), Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University (TCU), Texas Tech University, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of Missouri, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
We will begin evaluating applications on February 1. Application evaluation will continue until the student cohort has been filled.