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When judging a PhD program, a good measure of the program's standing is where it places its graduates. Columbia is proud to say its placement record is among the best in the world.

Recent Columbia PhD placements include the following:


Name Graduation Year Initial Placement
Shira Cohen 2014 Temple University, Fox School of Business and Management 
Beatrice Michaeli 2014 UCLA, Anderson School of Business
Hyung-Il Oh 2014 University of Washington, Bothell School of Business
Oded Rozenbaum 2014 The George Washington University School of Business
Jon Kerr 2013 City University of New York, Baruch, Zicklin School of Business
Meng Li 2013 George Mason University
Helen Hurwitz 2012 Saint Louis University, John Cook School of Business 
Hyun Ah Lee 2011 University of Maryland, Robert H. School of Business
Xiaojing Meng 2011 New York University Stern School of Business
Hagit Levy 2010 Zicklin School Of Business, Baruch College
Bugra Ozel 2010 University of California Los Angeles, Anderson School of Business
Divya Anantharaman 2009 Rutgers University
Woo-Jin Chang 2009 INSEAD
Jing Li 2009 Carnegie Mellon
Lei Zhu 2009 Rutgers University
Marc Badia 2008 Universidad Pompeu Fabra
Feng Chen 2008 University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business
Thomas Issaevitch 2008 Minnesota, Carlson School of Management
Jaewon Lee 2008 Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology
Yong Gyu Lee 2008 Baruch, Zicklin School of Business
Marcus Maedler 2008 IESE Business School
Mingcherng Deng 2007 University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business
Ron Shalev 2007 University of Washington, John M. Olin School of Business
Sharon Katz 2006 Harvard Business School

Decision, Risk, and Operations

Name Graduation Year Initial Placement
Yonatan Gur 2014 Stanford GSB
Caner Gocmen 2013 Nomis Solutions
Ahmet Serdar Simsek 2013 Visiting faculty, Cornell University, School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
Yina Lu 2013 Post doctoral position, the Wharton School
Sang Won Kim 2013 Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School
Santiago Balseiro 2013 Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Damla Gunes 2012 Morgan Stanley
Bar Ifrach 2012 Post Doctoral Position, Stanford University
Roger Lederman 2012 IBM Watson Research
Margaret Pierson 2012 Post Doctoral Position, Harvard Business School
Mehmet Saglam 2012 Bendheim Center for Finance & Economics, Princeton University
Denis Saure 2011 University of Pittsburgh
Mehmet Altug 2009 George Washington University
Wei Ke 2009 Novantas
Natalia Yankovic 2009 IESE Business School
Omar Besbes 2008 University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Serkan Eren 2008 Barclays Capital
Itai Gurvich 2008 Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
Kyoung-Kuk Kim 2008 Lehman Brothers
Sira Suchintabandid 2007 Chulalongkorn University
Wenqiang Xiao 2007 New York University, Stern School of Business
Nan Yang 2007 Johnson School at Cornell University

Finance and Economics

Name Graduation Year Initial Placement
Mattia Landoni  2014 Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business
Bronson Argyle 2014 Brigham Young University, Marriott School of Business
Jun Kyung Auh 2014 Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
Zhongjin Lu 2014 University of Georgia, Terry School of Business
Juanita Gonzalez-Uribe 2013 London School of Economics
Andres Liberman 2013 New York University, Stern School of Business
Olga Kuzmina 2012 New Economic School
Sergiy Gorovyy 2012 Morgan Stanley
Oliver Faltin-Traeger 2012 BlackRock Associates
Yiqun Mou 2011 Bank of America. Merrill Lynch
Ravindra Sastry 2011 Southern Methodist University, Cox School of Business
Bjarni Torfason 2011 Deutsche Bank
Vyacheslav Fos 2011 College of Business at Illinois
Andreas Stathopoulos 2010 University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business
Krista Schwarz 2010 University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Yongxiang Wang 2010 University of Southern California, Marshal School of Business
Margarita Tsoutsoura 2010 University of Chicago Booth School of Business
Yael Eisenthal-Berkovitz 2009 Goldman Sachs
Sudarshan Gururaj 2009 Lehman Brothers
Philippe Mueller 2009 London School of Economics
Xiaozheng Wang 2009 Criterion Economics
Binu Balachandran 2008 Lehman Brothers
Tomer Berkovitz 2008 J.P. Morgan
Sze Wah Cheung 2008 Deutsche Bank
Andrew Dubinsky 2008 Goldman Sachs
Siddhartha Ghosh Dastidar 2008 Lehman Brothers
Jorge Murillo Garza 2008 Goldman Sachs
Jeong Song 2008 Morgan Stanley
Vikrant Vig 2008 London Business School
Yu Zhang 2008 Citibank
Jing Chen 2007 Soros Fund Management
Chang Yong Ha 2007 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Paul Hsu 2007 University of Connecticut Business School
Stanley Peterbursky 2007 Polytechnic University, Brooklyn
Ru Zhao 2007 Blackrock, Inc.


Name Graduation Year Initial Placement
Alicja Reuben 2013 Manhattan College
Andy Yap 2013 Post Doctoral Position, MIT Sloan School of Business
Emily Bianchi 2012 Emory University, Goizueta School of Business
Aharon Cohen Mohliver          2012 London School of Business
Jiao Luo 2012 Carlson School of Management 
Shu Zhang 2012 Post Doctoral Position, Columbia University
Magnus Torfason 2011 Harvard Business School
Rebecca Levine 2010 Aon Hewitt Consulting
Aurelia Mok 2010 City University of Hong Kong, School of Business
Qingyuan Yue 2010 University of Southern California, Marshal School of Business
Lily Benjamin 2009 Mercer Development Group
Umit Ozmel Yavuz 2009 The University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School
Xi Zou 2009 London Business School
Yong Joo Chua 2008 Harvard Business School
Ariel Fishman 2008 Yeshiva University
Rachael Wells 2008 Fordham University
Emily Amanatullah 2007 University of Texas, Austin


Name Graduation
Initial Placement
 Liu (Cathy) Yang 2014 HEC, Paris 
Stephen Atlas 2013 University of Rhode Island 
Liad Weiss 2013 University of Wisconsin-Madison                   
Peter Jarnebrant 2012 ESMT European School of Management and Technology
Yang Li 2012 Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Isaac Dinner 2011 IE University (Spain)
Zaozao Zhang 2011 University of Washington (Seattle)
Jeffrey Parker 2011 Georgia State
Rom Schrift 2011 University of Pennsylvania Wharton School
Eric Hamerman 2010 Freeman School of Business, Tulane
Andrew Stephen 2009 INSEAD
Hannah Chang 2008 Singapore Management University
Ricardo Montoya 2008 Universidad de Chile
Cecile Cho 2007 University of California- Riverside
Anat Keinan 2007 Harvard Business School
Oleg Urminsky   2007 Chicago Booth


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Doctoral Program News

Young Alumni Balseiro wins George B. Dantzig Dissertation Award

At the 2014 Informs national meeting, Santiago Balseiro was honored for his work in "Competition and Yield Optimization in Ad Exchanges". We congratulate Santiago on his accomplishment.

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Ethan Rouen wins Deloitte Doctoral Fellowship in Accounting

The Deloitte Foundation has awarded $25,000 grants to 10 top accounting Ph.D. candidates through the Deloitte Foundation’s annual Doctoral Fellowship program. Given to students who plan to pursue academic careers upon graduation, the award will support the 2015 recipients’ final year of coursework and the subsequent year to complete their doctoral dissertation.

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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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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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