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Message from the Dean

A Columbia Business School PhD is an invaluable tool for those uniquely suited to a professional research career. Pursuing cutting-edge research in one of the most dynamic cities in the world, with all of the assets that Columbia Business School and the larger Columbia University have to offer, will give you a truly unrivaled academic experience. Our program’s rigorous curriculum provides ample training for an academic career and gives students the opportunity to make an indelible mark on the research activity of the School.

Choose from a doctoral education in one of our five field offerings: Accounting; Decision, Risk, and Operations; Finance and Economics; Management; and Marketing. I encourage you to take advantage of the resources you will find here to learn more about the program features and requirements and the dynamic learning environment you can expect to enjoy as a student at Columbia Business School. Our program staff is always available to assist you with any questions you may have about the program.

Thank you for your interest in Columbia Business School’s PhD program. I hope that you will join us.

With regards,

Glenn Hubbard
Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics

Doctoral Program News

Wazlawek featured in Ideas at Work

Abbie Wazlawek's joint research with Professor Daniel Ames is featured in the June 24th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Ethan Rouen featured in Ideas at Work

Ethan Rouen's joint research with Professor Dan Amiram is featured in the May 15th, 2014 edition of Ideas at Work

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Rivas Wins Fellowship

The PhD program is proud to congratulate Miguel Duro Rivas, who was awarded the Nasdaq Educational Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

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Wong wins Deloitte Fellowship

We are proud to announce that Yu Ting (Forester) Wong is one of the recipients of the 2014 Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting.

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The PhD Program Congratulates John Yao

PhD student John Yao was a finalist in the 2013 M&SOM (Manufacturing & Service Operations Management) student paper competition.

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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 2013

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Application Deadlines

Master of Science in Marketing >

For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 5, 2014
Regular Decision: Feb 2, 2014

 

Master of Science in Financial Economics

For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 5, 2014
Regular Decision: Feb 2, 2014

Master of Science in Management Science and Engineering

For Fall 2014 Entry:
Early Decision: Jan 6, 2014
Regular Decision: Feb 15, 2014

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Deadline: 01/05/14

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Deadline: 02/02/14

MS Financial Economics
Deadline: 02/02/14

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Top Ten Doctoral Program Questions

Here are the most frequently asked questions about the Doctoral Program.

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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.

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