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Ph.D. Programs

The Darla Moore School of Business currently offers two doctoral degree programs: the Ph.D. in Business Administration and the Ph.D. in Economics.

Ph.D. programs at the Darla Moore School of Business are full-time, and require residency on the Columbia campus. The intent of a residency requirement is to ensure that doctoral students benefit from and contribute to the full spectrum of educational and professional opportunities provided by our graduate faculty.

When establishing residency, students should interact with faculty and peers by regularly attending courses, conferences and seminars and using the library and other resources that support excellence in graduate education.

Both doctoral degree programs are designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide a thorough knowledge and deep insight into the main theoretical disciplines underlying the student’s fields of specialization built upon a basic understanding of business and its environment
  • Develop the skills, professional ethics and competence required to design, execute and evaluate creative and meaningful research in the student’s field of specialization
  • Promote individual programs of study that encourage students to customize their research and teaching interests and expertise, thereby better preparing them for successful roles as researchers, educators, business people and policy makers

Ph.D. in Business Administration

The Ph.D. in Business Administration degree program is designed for students wanting to pursue careers in university research and teaching, business, and government. To achieve this objective, the program provides an advanced, specialized education in a business administration discipline and intensive training in research methods applicable to business problems. The departments within the Ph.D. in Business Administration degree are:

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • International Finance
  • Management (Organizational Behavior and Human Resources)
  • Management Science (Production/Operations Management)
  • Marketing

Admitted students specialize in one of the above disciplines while also pursuing a cognate to further broaden their academic portfolio. The cognate area may include courses from the areas listed above or from other areas inside or outside the Moore School.

Ph.D. in Economics

The Ph.D. in Economics features a comprehensive yet flexible curriculum. The fields of labor economics, international economics and applied microeconomics are especially strong.

The doctoral program in economics provides thorough training in economic theory supplemented by knowledge of quantitative tools and understanding of modern economic institutions and policy problems. This program prepares candidates to pursue successfully careers as economists in academia, research, government and business.