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Columbia Business School offers an intensive PhD program for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in research and/or teaching. Our rigorous program prepares students to move on to careers that help shape new business ideas and practices and influence future generations of business leaders.
The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is administered by the Business School. The PhD program is full-time only; there is no part-time course of study. The average program completion time is five years.
Throughout the program, students become familiar with research methods and the literature of their major fields through research projects and directed reading.
Doctoral candidates begin the program mastering basic research tools by studying subjects such as economics, behavioral science, and quantitative methods, in addition to completing coursework and examinations in their major field of study. The completion of coursework and qualifying examinations typically requires two to three years.
The research phase begins as early as the first year, when students serve as research assistants, and continues throughout their time at the School. Students gradually become more involved in the design and execution of research and, by the end of the second year, some have produced papers suitable for publication, often as coauthor with a faculty member.
The later years of the program are dedicated to original research and the creation of a dissertation.
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Top Ten Doctoral Program Questions
Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Doctoral Program.
The Program takes a minimum of four years to complete. Most students complete the process in five years.
We do not require a business undergraduate degree or masters to apply or be accepted to our Doctoral Program. We have had several students from degree programs including: Economics, Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, and Engineering, among others.
Unlike an undergraduate or master level program, where individual courses are incorporated with a highly structured learning experience, the doctoral education places an emphasis on self-directed learning and close relationships with a select few faculty in a particular area of specialization. Programs typically involve intense reading of academic journals and writing original research. Doctoral students usually grow close relationships with their faculty mentors. These advisors work closely with the students to define a course of research and help provide guidance in the dissertation process.
You can study in one of our five divisions: Accounting, Decision, Risk and Operations, Finance and Economics, Management, or Marketing. A more nuanced understanding of these fields can be seen in the areas of expertise of the Business School’s faculty research.
Unfortunately our Doctorate is available only as a full time, in residence program.
Apply using our online application. We ask that you do not send any documents directly to the School, all materials can be submitted online. Please comply with the posted application deadlines, being sure to include all required components of the application.
The aim of our Program is to accept 23 students per year (Accounting: 4, DRO: 4, Finance: 6, Management: 5, Marketing: 4).
While we have no prerequisites for application, students with limited quantitative backgrounds may benefit from taking accounting, mathematics, econometrics and statistics before enrolling. We encourage you to explore each Division’s requirements before applying the Analytical thinking and quantitative tools have a significant influence on success in the program.
No, the goal of the Doctoral Program is to place graduates in academic institutions as top researchers and instructors. If you have a different goal in mind we encourage you to investigate our MS Programs which combine the Doctoral level coursework in a masters package.
A full financial aid package is offered to most admitted students, this includes tuition, fees, and stipends. Our living stipend is provided in the form of a fellowship. Students are not required to secure jobs as teaching or research assistants. However, most students do during their careers as a way to supplement their funding package.
Profiles: PhD Students
When asked about why he chose Columbia Business School Matt says: “It’s easier to stand on the shoulders of giants if you’re passing them in the halls.”
When asked about the Program's sense of community Shiri says: “There is a tight-knit community amongst the marketing students, and the relationships I have formed have been both professionally and personally rewarding.
"I chose Columbia because I wanted to receive a state-of-the-art education from a renowned university."
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Doctoral Program News
Rivas Wins Fellowship
The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Eudcational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.Read More about Miguel Here
2013 Job Market Candidates Announced
We would like to introduce our PhD job market candidates for 2013 with a range of specialties including asset management, corporate liability, capital markets and performance optimization.See the full list of candidates
2014 PhD Application Now Available
The application for the PhD Program is now available online. Click on the link below to begin your application.Apply Now
The PhD Program Congratulates John YaoLearn More About John
Honigsberg Named Postdoctoral Fellow
The PhD program is proud to congratulate Colleen Honigsberg, who was named the Postdoctoral Fellow in Corporate Governance at the Millstein Center at Columbia Law School in October 2013Read More about Colleen Here