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Management Ph.D.

PROGRAM  OVERVIEW

The Management Ph.D. program is a high quality, full-time, residential program designed to prepare qualified individuals for a career in scholarly research and teaching at the university level. The faculty in the Department of Management is engaged in research covering a wide range of topics in strategy, organizational behavior, leadership, international business, and entrepreneurship. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty to develop strong knowledge and skills in management research and teaching. 

ADMISSION PROCESS

Students begin their graduate work in the fall semester. To be assured full consideration for August admission and/or financial aid, the department must have received completed applications by February 1. The department makes most admission decisions during February and March. Given application processing time, we encourage potential students to apply early to ensure all materials are received prior to the due date. 

Minimum application requirements include:

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA and 3.25 graduate GPA (US standards) 
  • 6 20 GMAT score (or GRE equivalent) 
  • 7.0 IELTS or 100 TOEFL-ibt (ESL students only) 
  • A résumé 
  • Three (3) letters of reference 
  • A statement of purpose

WVU offers generous 12-month graduate assistantships, including a $23,000 annual salary, medical insurance coverage, and tuition waivers. Additional funding opportunities can be awarded based on availability and applicant qualifications.
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PROGRAM MISSION

The mission of the program is to prepare students to excel in knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The goal is to strive for continuous improvement in training world-class researchers and college professors who are able to conduct independent, original academic research and teach university-level courses in their major areas of study. Throughout the Ph.D. program, students are expected to work with faculty on impactful research.

The Ph.D. program in Management is designed to provide students with enough flexibility to discover an intellectual niche while ensuring that all students acquire:

General research knowledge in the broader field of management

In-depth expertise in a selected area of specialization (i.e., strategic management or organizational behavior)

Competence in quantitative research methods.

Coursework will be tailored to students’ specific interests to provide depth in key areas most relevant to their planned research.

PROCESS OVERVIEW

During the first two years, students take a variety of courses and seminars, including:

Seminars in organizational behavior, group and team processes, strategic management, organization theory, and philosophy of science

Quantitative methods courses such as research methods, univariate statistics, multivariate statistics, and structural equation modeling

Independent study courses tailored to a student’s individual research interests

Following coursework and the successful completion of a qualifying paper, students take a comprehensive exam, which includes written and oral components. Upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam, students begin working on a dissertation. Although the length of the program varies, students should anticipate 4-5 years to complete the program.

Management Ph.D. Program 

The Management Ph.D. program is a small, high quality, full-time, residential program designed to prepare qualified individuals for careers in scholarly research and teaching at the university level. The Management Department faculty is engaged in research in a wide range of topics in strategic management, organizational behavior, international business, and entrepreneurship.

The program of study requires the satisfactory completion of coursework, a qualifying paper, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research. Students take courses in various management topics, research methods, and statistics. Small classes and an "open-door" policy allow for close interaction between students and faculty, with frequent opportunities to discuss ideas and collaborate on joint research projects.

Ph.D. students have ample opportunity to work closely with faculty on a one-on-one basis and become involved with their research activities. We strive for our students to gain experience presenting their work at academic conferences and publishing research articles in quality academic journals. Students also acquire teaching experience through teaching undergraduate management courses on several occasions during their time in the program.

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with enough flexibility to discover an intellectual niche while ensuring that all students acquire general research knowledge in the broader field of management, in-depth expertise in a selected area of specialization (i.e., strategic management or organizational behavior), and competence in quantitative research methods.

Management Journals

Potential applicants should read Management journals before applying to get a good grasp of the type of research we train our Ph.D. students to perform and to make sure this is the type of work they’d like to commit to doing, both in the Ph.D. program and throughout their careers.  The following is a partial list of quality journals:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Academy of Management Review
  • Journal of Management
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Journal of Organizational Behavior
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Organizational Research Methods
  • Strategic Management Journal
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • Organization Science
  • Leadership Quarterly
  • Journal of International Business Studies