Ph.D. in Business
Our Ph.D. Programs Are For Those Who Aspire To Be Professors At Top Business Schools
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 Ph.D. application deadline for Fall 2023 admissions has passed (January 13, 2023). We will be accepting applications in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Strategic Management, and Organizational Behavior in September for Fall 2024 admissions.
The Ph.D. application deadline for Fall 2023 admissions has passed. We will be accepting applications in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Strategic Management, and Organizational Behavior in September for Fall 2024 admissions.
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.
Areas of Study
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. 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.
The Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior prepares students to research fundamental questions about complex organizations as well as the groups and individuals that behave within them, drawing from both psychological and sociological perspectives. Students pursue high-quality research to advance theoretical understanding of the interdisciplinary behavior of organizations, the environments that shape their behaviors, and the mechanisms that explain them.
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 advisor, and the director of the JGS Ph.D. program).
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