PhD in Business Administration

Preparing students for successful academic careers at research-intensive universities.

We are currently seeking applicants for Fall 2019.

Our doctoral students work closely with our world-class faculty on cutting-edge research. What sets the Gatton Management Area doctoral program apart? World-Class Faculty. We've assembled a productive and cohesive group of management scholars who are exceptionally committed to the development and success of doctoral students. Members of the faculty are engaged in research in a range of domains, including business strategy, social networks (including online social networks), decision support systems and information systems, human resource management, and organizational behavior and theory. Most of the faculty members are currently serving or have recently served as editors and editorial board members of some of the most influential research journals in organizational studies and information systems research. Faculty and doctoral students collaborate on conducting and publishing cutting-edge research, and they regularly connect with the "real-world" by working on various collaborations with partners in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Our doctoral graduates have become business school faculty at major research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, Emory University, Tulane University, Penn State, Michigan State, University of Missouri, Clemson, the University of Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Queen's University, University of Illinois-Chicago, William & Mary, and Boston College.

Admission Guidelines

To be considered for the PhD in Business Administration Concentration in Management, the applicant must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School and Gatton College of Business and Economics.

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Degree Requirements

To obtain a PhD, doctoral students must

  • complete all prerequisite coursework,
  • complete all PhD coursework (minimum of 40 hours) while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 on all graduate work attempted at UK,
  • pass the qualifying examination in the major area,*
  • develop and orally defend a dissertation proposal,
  • complete a dissertation based on the approved proposal, and
  • successfully defend the dissertation in an oral presentation.

* Candidates who fail to complete all requirements for the doctorate within five years (beginning with the next full semester, fall or spring) following the original successful completion of the qualifying examination must repeat successfully the entire qualifying examination process (both written and oral) before the Director of Graduates Studies may ask the Graduate Council to extend the time.

The minimum coursework required is 40 hours. Exceptions to the 40-hour program may be made for students who have taken courses above a master's degree, with the advice of the student's advisory committee and DGS approval.

The program is designed to provide specialization study beyond the master's level. All students are expected to have at least minimal training in the common body of knowledge in the functional areas of business.

Management Doctoral Program Structure

Contact Us

If you are interested in challenging yourself intellectually and becoming a professor in a major research university,contact us to get more information about applying to our PhD program in Management. Contact Huiwen Lian if you have questions or would like to discuss the program in greater depth.

Huiwen Lian
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Management
Gatton College of Business and Economics
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0034

For questions about the graduate school application process contact:

Jeannie Graves
Asst. Director for Graduate Programs