Ph.D. in Business
The doctoral program in business at Rice is intended for those aspiring to become faculty members at business schools in prestigious research universities. Students engage in both coursework and research as part of their doctoral training. As graduation approaches, students interview for faculty positions hoping to start a career as an assistant professor 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.
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.
Areas of Study
The Ph.D. in Finance at Rice University prepares doctoral graduates to be superior classroom instructors and research scholars in financial economics upon graduation. Our emphasis on research productivity, collaboration and collegiality is reflected in the students’ high completion rate in the program and the faculty’s commitment to the success of their students.
Research in marketing encompasses three broad overlapping areas: quantitative modeling, consumer behavior, and strategy. The quantitative modeling area is rooted in microeconomics, econometrics, psychometrics, sociometrics, statistics and industrial organization.
Accounting Research involves the systematic and scientific study of accounting systems, institutions, standards and regulations for the purpose of understanding and characterizing their decision-facilitating and decision-influencing roles within organizations, in product and capital markets, and across economies. For instance, financial reporting systems play many roles in publicly held organizations characterized by separation of ownership from control.
The Ph.D. program in strategic management provides course work in the base theories in strategic management. The field of strategic management studies big picture issues facing managers of firms, such as deciding what markets and industries to enter, how to enter and exit various markets, how to position the firm in the market in order to gain competitive advantage, and the timing, sequencing, and orchestration of competitive initiatives.
I have learned how to shift my mindset from consumer to producer of research in the field of financial intermediation and banking. The faculty and my Ph.D. colleagues have always encouraged me to be an independent and critical thinker.
Ph.D. in Finance
A student is expected to be in residence throughout the calendar year (exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the student's dissertation chairperson, area advsior, and the director of the JGS Ph.D. program).
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