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.

Program and degree requirements
Curriculum summary



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