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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.

Meet our Ph.D. faculty


Hybrid Ph.D. option 

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 residencies. 



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.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A writing sample

The Watson School of Management is available for application and requirement assistance.


Cost & Assistance

OSU is a Research-Extensive University, and graduate students play a vital role in its teaching, research and outreach missions. 


The management Ph.D. option in business administration offers:

  • Tuition and fees
  • > $30k stipend
  • Travel conference fees covered
  • Health insurance & relocation expense
  • Financial support for 5th year



Assistantships & Funding Opportunities

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