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The mission of the Ph.D. program in Management is to produce individuals who shape both the academic profession and the practice of management through their excellence in research, teaching, and service.

The program involves the study of organizations, the roles of individuals and groups who participate in them, and the larger social and economic context in which organizations operate. With a wide range of rich topics, research in these fields frequently builds on contributions of diverse disciplines from sociology, psychology, and communications, to economics, political science, anthropology, and decision theory.

The program focuses on establishing a solid conceptual and methodological foundation that graduates can build on throughout their careers and give you the foundation you will need to be well-positioned in the global marketplace. The vast majority of the program experiences are designed to develop the students' research abilities, and to prepare them to communicate that research to a variety of audiences.

The demand for skilled educators is strong, and doctoral graduates from The University of Texas at Austin have enjoyed considerable placement success over the years.

If you aspire to a career as a management educator and researcher, a doctoral degree from the Texas McCombs Department of Management will give you the foundation for success.

Exclamation point inside a word bubbleOur application deadline for Management is December 15th.



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Areas of Specialization

The doctoral program in Management provides an opportunity for specialized study in one or more of the following areas:

Organization Science

Encompasses a wide variety of topics at the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. Current faculty research interests include but are not limited to:

  • individual and group responses to ethical dilemmas in organizations
  • gender wage gap
  • cultures in organizations and work/family issues
  • psychological attachments between individuals and organizations
  • organizational adaptability and learning

Strategic Management

Concerned with the role and problems of general managers, studied from the perspective of those managers. General managers are, in turn, those individuals responsible for entire businesses or multifunctional business units. Examples of major topics studied in this area include but are not limited to:

  • strategy formulation and implementation
  • strategic decision processes
  • competitive strategy
  • industry analysis
  • selection and behavior of general managers
  • the composition and processes of top management teams

Research Methodologies

Because of the wide range of rich topics pursued in both the Organization Science and the Strategic Management areas, research in this field frequently builds on contributions from diverse disciplines, including sociology, psychology, communications, industrial organization economics, political science, anthropology, and decision theory. In addition, a wide variety of research designs are used and mastery of both quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques is essential. The formal training program begins with coursework. However, the program emphasizes early and continued involvement in collaborative research projects with faculty.

Preparation and Qualifications

The Texas McCombs Management doctoral program assumes that students have a taken advanced courses to establish a reasonable mathematical, statistics and economics background. Adequate computer programming skills are necessary in coursework.

Prospective applicants are required to hold a four-year bachelor’s degree (does not require a formal degree in the area of study) or equivalent prior to starting the program.

There are no additional prerequisites or requirements for the Marketing department.

See Admissions for further information.


 We prepare you to become an intellectual leader. The primary goal of the Texas McCombs Ph.D. program is to prepare students for exceptional academic careers. Over the last five years, McCombs Management Ph.D. alumni have gone on to excel at:

Suho Han 2018 Syracuse University
Niranjan Janardhanan 2018 London School of Economics
Seung-Hwan Jeong 2018 Georgia State University
Yurianna Kimmons 2018 Oklahoma State University
Christina Kyprianou 2016 Clemson University
Taeya Howell 2014 New York University
Jonathan Sims 2013 Babson College, MA
Matthew Theeke 2012 George Mason University
David Chandler 2011 University of Colorado, Denver
Ben Herndon 2009 Georgia Institute of Technology
Michael Bednar 2008 University of Illinois, Urban-Champaign


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Are You Ready to Change the World?

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Texas McCombs Doctoral Program is seeking individuals who are interested in transforming the global marketplace. Are you one of these future thought leaders?