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The Doctoral Committee reviews each student’s performance every year and requires students to demonstrate a satisfactory rate of progress toward completion of the program requirements. Such progress is measured in terms of course work performance, completion of the qualifying exams, meeting specific requirements set by the faculty members in the student’s major field and proceeding steadily toward the completion of all other requirements for the PhD degree.
Among specific factors taken into account are the following:
Scores on the qualifying exam
Work in the major field
Evaluation of the student’s progress and potential (especially as it relates to the ability to perform independent, original research)
The student’s evaluation of his or her own progress, time in the program, and potential for completion of the program
Since a satisfactory rate of progress is required at all times, the Doctoral Committee has an absolute right to terminate a student’s candidacy at any time for academic reasons and/or to deny the student readmission to the program.
Delays in Completing Degree Requirements
Candidates who hold a master’s degree should plan to complete their work for the degree within a four-year period. Students entering with a bachelor’s degree should complete work for the degree within four and a half years.
A prospective candidate must complete the requirements, including the defense of the dissertation, within six years if courses of advanced standing have been granted and within seven years without advanced standing. Exceptions may be made on the recommendation of the School to the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences when special circumstances warrant. Exceptions are rare, far from automatic and place the burden of proof for the extension on the student. A student must satisfy the academic requirements in force at the time the degree is awarded. Accordingly, if more than the normal time to complete requirements has been taken, the student may have to satisfy increased or changed requirements.
A student whose studies must be interrupted for a compelling reason, such as maternity leave, military service, or sustained ill health, may be granted a leave of absence for a stated period, usually not to exceed one year. Forms requesting leaves of absence can be obtained from the Doctoral Office. The period of a leave of absence is not counted as part of the time allowed for the completion of degree requirements.
If a student leaves the University without obtaining a leave of absence, application must be made for readmission to candidacy. If readmitted, the student becomes subject to all current requirements.
If a student interrupts work and seeks readmission more than five years after his or her latest residence, all earlier academic work is reassessed and the dissertation subject is reconsidered, either before the student is formally readmitted or during the first term of renewed residence. The amount of course credit granted the student is determined by the Doctoral Office in consultation with members of the faculty.
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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