Ph.D. in Business

The doctoral program in business at Rice is intended for those of you aspiring to become faculty members at business schools in prestigious research universities. You will engage in both coursework and research as part of your doctoral training. As you approach graduation, you will interview for faculty positions, hoping to start your career as an assistant professors at business schools around the world. The career of an assistant professor involves conducting research that is eventually published in well-respected, peer-reviewed academic journals, imparting management wisdom (informed by research) in the classroom.

Ph.D. Program Guidebook (PDF)

Area Advisors 

A prospective student chooses an area of study when applying to the doctoral program. Areas of study include: (1) Accounting, (2) Finance, (3) Marketing, (4) Organizational Behavior, and (5) Strategic Management. Each of these areas is supervised by a faculty advisor, a member of the faculty specializing in that area. These area advisors supervise the evaluation of applications to their respective areas, counsel new students on the curriculum in that area and how to plan their course of study, and serve as advisors to all the students in their respective areas throughout their course of study. The current area advisors are listed below.

Application Deadline 

The business school accepts students for full-time study beginning in the fall semester each year. Selected candidates will be notified of admission decisions via e-mail no later than April 15. Rice University is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). Rice abides by the CGS Resolution, "Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees and Assistants,". Candidates who submitted an application to the doctoral program and were not offered admission may re-apply for a later year.

Applications are currently closed and will reopen on September 1, 2020.