36 months
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Columbia University offers an intensive Business PhD program for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in research and/or teaching. Our rigorous program prepares students to move on to careers that help shape new business ideas and practices and influence future generations of business leaders.


The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business is offered at Columbia University.

Throughout the program, students become familiar with research methods and the literature of their major fields through research projects and directed reading.

Doctoral candidates begin the program mastering basic research tools by studying subjects such as economics, behavioral science, and quantitative methods, in addition to completing coursework and examinations in their major field of study. The completion of coursework and qualifying examinations typically requires two to three years.

Teaching methods

The research phase begins as early as the first year, when students serve as research assistants, and continues throughout their time at the School. Students gradually become more involved in the design and execution of research and, by the end of the second year, some have produced papers suitable for publication, often as coauthor with a faculty member.

The later years of the program are dedicated to original research and the creation of a dissertation.

Programme Structure

Specializations include:
  • Accounting
  • Finance and Economics
  • Management
  • Marketing

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Transcripts
  • Application Fee
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • TOEFL scores (International Applicants Only)
  • References
  • Essay
  • Resume or CV

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Manhattan

2638 - 5751 USD /month
Living costs

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


  • All applicants who apply to the Columbia Business School Doctoral Program are considered for merit-based fellowships and tuition. There is no separate financial aid application. Candidates selected for the Doctoral Program in most cases receive merit-based fellowships covering tuition and school expenses, including a stipend for living expenses.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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