Ph.D. in business, concentration in management

Prepare for research and teaching positions in business schools by earning a Ph.D. with a concentration in management. You’ll benefit from our small class size and close faculty-student collaboration on research projects. Faculty publications with doctoral students have appeared in some of our field’s top journals, and we have a record of placing doctoral students in top-tier research universities.


Our Ph.D. program reflects two complementary and overlapping content areas: organizational behavior and human resource management.

Small, research-oriented doctoral seminars form the core of the academic program. To round out your studies, you can select from a variety elective seminars and courses offered by other VCU academic departments, including psychology and health administration.

Ph.D. in business, concentration in management overview brochure

Program and degree requirements


Accepted students are automatically considered for a Ph.D. assistantship. If awarded, this appointment covers all required tuition and fees, and pays a biweekly stipend. This stipend is compensation for 20 hours per week of teaching and/or research performed for the department. Ph.D. assistantships are one-year appointments, renewable up to a total of four years.

Graduate research and teaching assistantships are typically available to support full-time students. A limited number of full-time students may also be admitted without assistantship support.

To be considered for an assistantship, applications must be received by the posted application deadline.

Career opportunities

Alumni employers include:

  • Indiana University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • West Virginia University
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  • It was important for me to find a Ph.D. program that focused on understanding and choosing the best research methodologies. VCU allowed me to have a specific faculty mentor while also encouraging me to work with other faculty. This provided me with exposure to a variety of research methods, including more collaborative approaches.
    George Banks
    Assistant professor of management, UNC Charlotte