The PhD program in Business Administration prepares students for research and academic careers, typically as faculty in business schools. The degree requirements focus on training in the design and conduct of rigorous research. Students gain theoretical and methodological sophistication from coursework and research conducted both with faculty members and independently. Research ideas and implications are grounded in practice through interchanges with faculty, other graduate students, and business practitioners.
The Isenberg PhD consists of nine areas of specialization. These small, highly selective programs give students immediate individual attention and involvement in our faculty's research. Working with faculty, students explore the frontiers of research in business management at the intersection of basic social science disciplines and business practice.
We offer major concentrations in the following areas:
The PhD program in accounting rigorously trains students to engage in scholarly academic research and university-level teaching. Students are trained to think critically and creatively about real-world accounting problems, and tackle those problems with interesting and scientifically sound research. Our graduates go on to make outstanding contributions as professors at top universities.
The PhD program in finance offers students an opportunity to engage in scholarly academic research and graduate-level teaching. Using the latest tools of finance and Isenberg’s robust resources, students make significant contributions to the field of modern financial economics and position themselves to pursue successful careers in academia and industry.
Students in Isenberg’s PhD program in hospitality and tourism management engage in research that furthers society’s understanding of the unique industry. From uncovering the environmental, social and economic impacts of tourism to investigating theories and models of services marketing and management, students use their time at Isenberg to make powerful connections between ideas, introduce thoughtful and provoking analysis, and contribute scholarly research.
The PhD program in information systems (IS) prepares students for an academic career of scholarly research and university-level teaching. From studying human-computer interaction, online reviews and social media design, to IS implementations and strategy, doctoral students explore real-world IS problems using a variety of methods, including surveys, experiments, archival, and analytics.
Research in Management Science offers exciting opportunities to explore and enhance business processes in the fields of management science, operations management, logistics and transportation, using data analytics, statistics, mathematical modeling and optimization methods. Doctoral students in this concentration are rigorously trained to conduct scholarly research and to become outstanding teachers.
Students in Isenberg’s PhD program in marketing uncover insights that can be used to improve marketing practice and/or improve customer experiences. From unearthing the tactics that drive consumer behavior to understanding the implications of a company’s social media presence to determining how a public policy influences various stakeholders, students gain knowledge that increases understanding of the marketplace.
The PhD program in organization studies is designed for individuals who are interested in understanding and researching the changing dynamics of organizations in contemporary society. From studying the meanings and conditions of work and employment relations to exploring leadership, gender and diversity, students seek to understand the processes of organizational change.
Students in Isenberg’s PhD program in sport management are interested in the convergence of sport and business. From uncovering the unique characteristics of sport monopolies to understanding brand management as it relates to fan behavior, students find their research niche at Isenberg as they become leading academics and scholars the field.
The PhD program in strategic management allows students to make scholarly contributions to the field through research, and to prepare for a career in academia. From exploring strategic decision processes to resource allocation, students seek to understand the factors that make up a successful organization.