• Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #78 (BCR) Irvine, CA, United States
The Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Management that will prepare you for a career in teaching and scholarly research at the university level. Highly individualized, the doctoral program allows students to pursue their own areas of interest.
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This full-time program emphasizes a strong foundation in both methodological and theoretical training. Candidates are expected to work closely with the Merage faculty members and, when appropriate, with faculty from other academic units on campus. A teaching requirement, supported by an ongoing seminar in pedagogy, will give you valuable experience in the classroom.

The doctoral program reflects the School's philosophy that a broad and cross-functional orientation is necessary to appreciate complex business problems that extend beyond the narrow confines of a particular discipline. Students planning academic careers can take advantage of teaching opportunities, along with instruction in teaching techniques that are especially effective in management education.

Within the general field of management, many disciplines and technologies are appropriate for advanced study. Because you work closely with the Merage School faculty, areas of concentration often parallel the strengths of faculty members. These areas include accounting, finance, information systems, marketing, operations and decision technologies, and organization and management, and strategy. The doctoral program is divided into two phases, qualification and dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Area Courses:

  • Capital Markets Research in Accounting
  • Theoretical & Empirical Research in Managerial Accounting
  • Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
  • Advanced Topics in Investments
 Information Systems
  •  Governance, Management & Impact 
  •  Seminar on Digital Business 
  •  PhD Seminar in Marketing Models 
  •  PhD Seminar in Marketing Management and Strategy 

 Operations and Decision Technologies

  • Stochastic Models in Operations & Decisions 
  •  Research Seminars in Supply Chain Management
Organization and Management
  • Foundations of Organizational Theory
  •  Current Debates in Organizational Behavior 


  •   PhD Seminar in Strategy Process 
  • PhD Seminar in 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.

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    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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    Schedule GRE®

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent.
  • Official GRE/GMAT test scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • One set of official original transcripts from all schools attended after high school. International applicants may have additional requirements such as English language proficiency tests.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    31152 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31152 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    16050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16050 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Qualified students admitted to the Doctoral Program may be offered a four year support package covering tuition, fees and a living stipend. This support is provided through a combination of scholarships, teaching assistantships and research assistantships, subject to terms described in the acceptance letter.

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