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Business-Management, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #501 (ARWU) Auburn, AL, United States
The Doctor of Philosophy in Business-Management at the Auburn University prepares students for careers in academia. It provides the depth of knowledge and skills required to conduct quality research and disseminate those findings at scholarly conferences and in top-tier journals.
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The Business-Management at the Auburn University is a four year, full-time program. The bulk of coursework is completed in the first two years. At the end of the second year students will take a comprehensive qualifying exam. Once completed, the third and fourth years are spent on research projects, including dissertation research.  Completion of the dissertation and its defense is the last requirement. 

Our faculty publish in top-tier management journals such Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Journal of Management. Our goal is to prepare doctoral students to also contribute to the management field by conducting high-quality research.

Doctoral students serve as teaching assistants in their first year of the program before moving into their own classroom. Each doctoral student gains experience teaching in the area that best aligns with their research content area (e.g., Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Strategic Management).

We strive to provide a collaborative environment, and faculty frequently partner with doctoral students on research. Recent collaborations with doctoral students have resulted in publications in journals such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management, and Journal of Operations Management.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundations of Stat or equivalent
  • Foundations of Strategic Mgt
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Foundations of OB
  • Qualitative Design & Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Organization Theory
  • Special Topics in OB
  • Special topics in Strategy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Applicants submit their application online
  • Three letters of recommendation 
  • Submit a Personal Statement  
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15271 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15271 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    5641 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5641 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Auburn

  • 850 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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