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PhD Student and Alumni Profiles
Andy YapPhD alumnus, Management
Andy Yap studies the impact of power and status on organizational behavior. Although he credits faculty mentors as the main drivers of his success in the PhD program, Yap says several factors brought him to Columbia in the first place.
“First, the research environment is terrific. I get to exchange ideas with world-class researchers who often challenge and encourage me to cultivate new ways of thinking,” Yap says. “The School takes pride in being at the forefront of cutting-edge business research.
“Second, the School has a remarkable record of placing students in top-notch institutions when they graduate. This speaks well about the kind of training Columbia provides."
"And third, it’s New York City! I don’t think I need to elaborate on this.”
Liad WeissPhD alumnus, Marketing
Liad Weiss’s winding path toward a PhD started in Israel. He started a master’s degree there after completing his undergraduate studies, also keeping a part-time job as an IT security consultant. Through his master’s program, Weiss got involved in research and loved it. From there, earning a PhD was the obvious next step.
“Once I realized that research was what I wanted to do, I made up my mind to aim for the best possible training I could get. I applied to Columbia after learning that it is one of the best places to study for a behavioral PhD in marketing,” Weiss says.
“The School has an amazing group of professors in the Marketing Division, which is very in tune with students’ needs in developing independent research projects. The division gives outstanding support in training, classes, research discussions, and constructive feedback. And finally, the School’s location is definitely a deal-maker.”
Omar BesbesPhD ’08, assistant professor of Decision, Risk, and Operations
After a few years working in industry, Omar Besbes embarked on a career in academia and research. After earning his PhD at Columbia Business School, he joined the Wharton School before coming back to his alma mater. Today, he is an assistant professor in the Decision, Risk, and Operations Division at the School.
“When exploring PhD programs, the main attractions that drew me to Columbia and DRO Division at the Business School in particular were the cutting-edge research that faculty and PhD students engaged in, the breadth of topics their research covered, and the flexibility in defining one’s agenda,” Besbes says. “As a student, I took classes in a variety of departments within and outside the School, which allowed me to significantly broaden my horizons.
“This freedom, along with the openness of the faculty in helping PhD candidates explore new ideas, and the collaborative culture among students, has made for an extremely enriching experience from both an academic and personal perspective.”
Sharon KatzPhD ’06, assistant professor of Accounting
Now an assistant professor of accounting at Columbia Business School, Sharon Katz pursued a PhD after a career on Wall Street. He found that his real-world connections merged and grew at the School through his academic and research interests.
“Joining Columbia enabled me to continue my interactions with Wall-Street colleagues effortlessly, which has been key to connecting my research to real-world issues,” Katz says.
“Columbia gave me the opportunity to focus on topics that interest me like equity and debt valuation, tax avoidance, and earnings quality. I also appreciated the ability to interact with the top researchers in the field.”
Andy Yap"The research environment is terrific. I get to exchange ideas with world-class researchers."
Liad Weiss"The School has an amazing group of professors in the Marketing Division."
Omar Besbes"The main attractions that drew me to Columbia and DRO Division at the Business School in particular were the cutting-edge research that faculty and PhD students engaged in"
Sharon Katz“Joining Columbia enabled me to continue my interactions with Wall-Street colleagues effortlessly."
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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