PhD in Management

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Between academia and an academic career lies a Mizzou PhD. Students who complete the PhD concentration in organizational sciences program learn from a combination a research and teaching experiences that create a solid foundation for a productive career as an academic in management.

What to Expect

Students in this program learn from a comprehensive set of courses focused on organizational science and business acumen, research methods and statistics, seminars and support areas are tailored to the research and teaching goals of the PhD candidate. The program includes a business core of at least 15 hours, at least 15 hours of doctoral seminars in organizational sciences, one 12-hour or two 9-hour support areas, and a minimum of 12 hours in research methods and statistics (18 hours with one 12-hour support area).*

Management PhD candidates can work as research or teaching assistants, which enables them to receive direct support, including a full tuition waiver.

*All programs of study are subject to the approval of a student’s doctoral program committee.

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Students currently enrolled in this program
Graduates since 2010
Placements since 2010


Applications must be received by February 1 for full consideration for admission in the fall. Earlier applications are encouraged. Admission to the PhD programs in the Trulaske College of Business is selective. Strong applicants have a demonstrated record of academic accomplishment, intellectual curiosity and enthusiasm for discovery, and a general understanding of the demands of a doctoral program. Work experience in business, management, research, or similar endeavors is very welcome but not required.

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Degree Requirements

All PhD students in the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business must take 15 hours of general business courses to acquaint them with the functional areas of business.

  • ACCT 7310: Accounting for Managers
  • FIN 7440: Managerial Finance
  • MKT 7460: Managerial Marketing
  • ECON 7332: Microeconomics for Managers
  • One of the following:
    • MGMT 8310: Strategic Human Resource Management
    • MGMT 7380: Organizational Behavior and Management
    • MGMT 8340: Organizational Theory and Design

The PhD Program Coordinator can waive these courses for students who have satisfactorily completed equivalent course work.

Support areas are tailored to the research and teaching goals of the PhD candidate. The combination of support area(s), research methods and statistics will vary depending on the interests and needs of the student, but one of the following configurations must be achieved:

  • Two 9-hour support areas plus 12 hours in research methodology and statistics
  • One 12-hour support area plus 18 hours in research methodology and statistics

Typical support areas for management doctoral students include psychology, finance/economics, research methods and statistics, career development, sociology, marketing and communication.

Example Support Area I: Social Psychology

  • PSYCH 7340: Attitude Change
  • PSYCH 8310: Survey of Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 8610: Motivation
  • PSYCH 8620: Personality Psychology
  • PSYCH 9350: Studies in Social Psychology

Example Support Area II: Finance/Economics

  • FIN 8440: Financing Multinational Business
  • FIN 9100: Seminar in Corporate Finance
  • ECON 7355: Industrial Organization
  • ECON 8451: Advanced Microeconomic Theory I
  • LAW 5785: Mergers and Acquisitions

Example Support Area III: Research Methods and Statistics

  • MKT 9030: Multivariate Research Methods in Marketing
  • PSYCH 9330: Applied Research Methodology
  • PSYCH 9725: The Literature Review
  • SOC 8120: Research Methodology 
  • SOC 9287: Seminar in Qualitative Methods in Sociology
  • STAT 7310: Sampling Techniques
  • STAT 7830: Categorical Data Analysis 
  • STAT 7870: Time Series Analysis

Example Support Area IV: Communication

  • COM 8410: Organizational Communication Theory
  • COM 8420: Seminar in Group Communication
  • COM 9830: Topics in Organizational Communication - Socialization
  • COM 9830: Topics in Organizational Communication - Power

Example Support Area V: Career Development

  • ECP 7250: Foundations of Career Psychology
  • ECP 7990: Career Development Theory for Women
  • ECP 7995: Analysis of Research in Career Psychology

PhD students are required to take a minimum of 12 hours (or 18 hours with one support area) of courses in research methods and statistics. These courses will provide students with the tools and techniques necessary for conducting empirical research.

Example Courses:

  • PSYCH 8710: General Linear Models in Psychology I
  • PSYCH 8720: General Linear Models in Psychology II
  • PSYCH 9320: Social Psychology Methodology
  • PSYCH 9520: Psychometrics
  • PSYCH 9710: Multivariate Stat Psych
  • PSYCH 9720: Latent Variable Models in Statistical Analysis
  • STAT 7210: Applied Nonparametric Methods
  • STAT 7510: Regression and Correlation Analysis
  • STAT 7530: Analysis of Variance

PhD students in the organizational sciences track are required to take four core seminars, and 3 credits of additional seminars that will be offered to match the needs and interests of current students. The four core seminars are:

  • Seminar in Human Resource Management
  • Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • Seminar in Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Entrepreneurship

Topics Seminar in Management (MGMT 9101)

This seminar (1 hour each semester of residency until comprehensive examination is completed) is intended to provide an open forum for the discussion of topics pertinent to personal development as a doctoral student and future faculty member that are not explicitly addressed by other seminars (e.g., managing research productivity, contributing in service).


The final requirement of the PhD program in management is the research dissertation. Students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of MGMT 9090.

Each student, working under the supervision of the doctoral committee chair, completes an original dissertation. The student proposes a scholarly research project and formally presents this proposal to the dissertation committee around the end of the third year of study. After the committee approves the proposal, the student completes the dissertation and makes an oral defense.

Management PhD Coordinator

By the numbers

Academic Year Enrollment Graduated Placed
2020-2021 5 1 1
2019-2020 7 1 1
2018-2019 6 1 1
2017-2018 5 2 2
2016-2017 7 3 3
2015-2016 11 3 3
2014-2015 9 0 0
2013-2014 8 1 1
2012-2013 8 3 3
2011-2012 10 2 2
2010-2011 9 1 1

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