Doctorate in Business Administration option in Management
The management Ph.D. option in business administration has the flexibility to structure
programs based on your individual interests. You can choose organizational behavior
or strategic management. Training in research methods emphasizes research design and quantitative methods.
Our Ph.D. program offers the opportunity to work closely with faculty members who
are nationally and internationally recognized for professional and scholarly accomplishment.
The OSU Ph.D. program is rigorous and selection is limited to well-qualified individuals,
which allows us to create an environment necessary for the successful training of
our Ph.D. students.
Students take classes for the first two years of the program, followed by comprehensive
exams. In the third or fourth year, students prepare and defend a dissertation proposal.
The dissertation is typically defended in the fifth year of the program. Students
continue to work as research assistants throughout the program and will teach a small
number of classes.
15tenure track faculty members in the
Department of Management.
The Ph.D. program requires 60 credit hours of coursework.
15 hours of coursework will be chosen by the student, in conjunction with a faculty
committee, to support the individual student’s specific interests and needs.
Students may choose to focus on organizational behavior or strategic management.
This is typically a five-year program. You may finish in four years but we have found
that students are better prepared with a five year program. Students are fully funded for five years.
Research and Faculty
Recent OSU graduates are employed by the University of Florida, University of Georgia,
University of Mississippi, Texas Tech University, Baylor University, University of
Arkansas and Pennsylvania State University among others.
Spears Business offers the Ph.D. in Business for Executives program. Designed for the working professional to earn a doctorate in three years. This option
doesn't require you to move to Stillwater like the traditional Ph.D. program. You
can continue to work and live wherever and come to Stillwater monthly for in-person
The Department of Management has its own set of requirements for admittance, along
with requirements for the OSU Graduate College. We take a holistic approach to selection
whereby we look at your research statement, research experience, writing sample, transcripts,
GRE scores, and reference letters and rank order the candidates based on those criteria.
Find more information about your admissions criteria.
Please refer to requirements below:
GRE or GMAT score accepted.
Application deadline for prospective students both domestic and international is Jan.
1. Admission decisions are made by the third week of January.