PhD program in International Management & Organization


Program Description

PhD program in International Management & Organization

The Peter B. Gustavson School of Business' PhD program in International Management & Organization offers outstanding students the opportunity to develop the skills and capabilities to enable them to contribute to the cutting edge of management thought. Challenging and stimulating, the program is designed to develop an individual’s competence in research as well as in teaching to prepare candidates for a productive academic career.

Our PhD program in International Management and Organization is closely tied to the established vision and strategy of the Gustavson School of Business, which emphasizes an international, integrated, innovative, and socially responsible/sustainable approach to education. Graduates of our PhD program will be trained in management theory and methodology to create insights that are publishable in the world’s top academic management journals. PhD students will learn about the latest advances in the international business theory and practice through core courses and will also be able to tailor their education through electives.

We facilitate close relationships between PhD student and faculty to create an experiential mentorship that we believe is critical to academic success. In addition to providing rich opportunities for our PhD students to develop their research, and teaching skills to become confident and respected educators, our program also features opportunities to become closely involved with business leaders through our Industry Practicum and with a network of international business researchers through our International Research Exchange.

PhD Program Structure

Our goal is to develop candidates with an integrated perspective on management concerns that will help them address complex global issues. Our emphasis is on International Business, one of our core areas of specialization. In addition, PhD candidates can take content specific coursework to attain expertise in the traditional domains of particular interest to students and supervisors.

The doctoral program will require about four years to complete. PhD students should expect to do two years of formal coursework. Thesis preparation and defense usually occur in the subsequent two years.

PhD Program Stages

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • International Research Exchange/Industry Practicum Opportunities
  • Teacher Training

Admissions Process

PhD students are admitted each year, for September, by the PhD Program Committee.

Admission normally requires completion of a master’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited and recognized institution. In general, applicants to the program will be expected to have a Masters of Business Administration or another masters-level degree (e.g., in Economics or Sociology) and experience working within an organization.

Students without an MBA or significant experience within an organization may be required to take certain MBA courses prior to full admission into the PhD program. In addition, students who do not have the prerequisites to enter into Master’s level methodology courses may also be required to take extra coursework.

Assessment of candidates is based on their education, work, and life experiences, personal statement, references, and GMAT or GRE scores.

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

Founded in 1990, the Gustavson School of Business is well-known for its unique educational approach, inspired teaching and excellence in research. As a leader among the world’s 12,000 business schools ... Read More

Founded in 1990, the Gustavson School of Business is well-known for its unique educational approach, inspired teaching and excellence in research. As a leader among the world’s 12,000 business schools, we are one of just 97 to attain accreditation with both AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and the European Foundation for Management Development through its European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS). Read less