Doctoral Program

Management doctoral students

Meet Our Students 

Whether you're interested in learning if the Eller Management doctoral program is for you, or you'd like to recruit our top-notch Ph.D. candidates, you'll want to meet our students.

Meet Our Ph.D. Students! 

The Department of Management and Organizations (M&O) Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management prepares students for research and teaching positions at major universities.

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M&O Doctoral Program Facts

Facts about the M&O Ph.D. in Management:

  • Full-time program (normally 4-5 years)
  • Must be completed within 10 years (including master’s degree work)
  • Fields of study include organizational behavior, organizational theory, judgment/decision making, and strategic management*
  • Encompasses theories and methodologies from psychology, sociology, political science, management, and economics 

Only a small number of Ph.D. students are admitted each year, enabling students to work closely with faculty members and acquire a solid foundation in theory formulation, research design, and methodological skills.

Although a master's project is a requirement of the doctoral program, the Department of Management and Organizations does not offer a terminal master's degree. Only students interested in earning a doctoral degree should apply.

*Note: Management is the major of all Eller College Ph.D. students, with specialty defined by coursework in a major and minor field. For other specializations within Eller College, visit Eller College Doctoral Programs.

Why the Doctoral Program in M&O at Arizona?

Managing the modern organization requires an in-depth understanding of individual behavior, small group and team behavior, organizational structures and processes, and organizational strategy and performance. The Ph.D. program in M&O provides training and encourages research at all three levels of analysis. Management and Organizations faculty consistently publish in top-tier journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, and Management Science. Several faculty members are serving as editors of top journals and many serve on a multiple editorial boards.

Management and Organizations students are encouraged to participate in a variety of research topics and have access to a number of support tools, including the Decision Behavior Laboratory and an expansive subject pool. Students also enjoy a 1:2 student-to-faculty ratio, minimal teaching loads, small class sizes, a collegial atmosphere, and competitive funding. By focusing on research, doctoral students in M&O are able to successfully compete in the academic marketplace upon graduation. Finally, Tucson and the surrounding mountains provide a high quality of life for students and their families during their tenure here.

Top-Ranked Research

Based on a ranking of 2011 research productivity in top-tier management journals, the Department of Management and Organizations ranked in the top 5 schools worldwide — a notable accomplishment considering the ranking is based on total publications in top-tier journals and is not adjusted for department size.

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Stephen Robbins Doctoral Fellowships

Management and Organizations Department PhD Alumnus and best-selling management author, Stephen Robbins, funded two PhD student fellowships in organizational behavior.

Each of these $10,000 fellowships were used to attract and retain outstanding PhD students.