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Given our school's prominent place in thought leadership, we take great care in training the next generation of influential business academics. Our renowned faculty members work closely with students in the Doctoral Program to instill the highest level of scholarship.
We prepare these candidates through coursework, directed reading, and research projects. Our location and prominent place in the business world don't hurt, either. Here, PhD students can consult countless industry leaders and access reams of corporate data to drive their work forward.

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Columbia PhD students benefit from being part of a research university renowned for its intellectual capital

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Columbia's PhD faculty is renowned for their diverse subject areas and holistic approach to teaching.

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Our Alumni continue to contribute cutting-edge research in their respected field.

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"Studying judgment and decision making is a great way to broaden my understanding of human behavior.”
~Nicholas Reinholtz, PhD student, Marketing

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Admissions

Like what you see? When you're ready to apply to the Doctoral Program, follow the guidelines in the pages ahead. Remember: applications are due January 5, 2015 for entry into the fall 2015 entering class.

Application Deadline

January 5, 2015 for Fall 2015 entry.

 

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Job Market

Once they complete the Doctoral Program, our PhDs tend to do quite well in academia. We take great pride in their success and we look forward to guiding the next generation of Columbia researchers through the placement process.

Doctoral Program News

Honigsberg featured in Ideas at Work

The August issue of Ideas at Work features research that doctoral candidate Colleen Honigsberg led in conjunction with Sharon Katz.

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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 2015 Entry:
Deadline: January 5th, 2014

 

Master of Science in Financial Economics

For Fall 2015 Entry:
Deadline: January 5th, 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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Sept 2015

Doctoral
Deadline: 01/05/15

MS Marketing
Deadline: 01/05/15

MS Financial Economics
Deadline: 01/05/15

 

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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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