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Walden’s Ph.D. in Management program offers you a new level of expertise, credibility, and influence as part of your successful company. Prepare for more professional opportunities while examining in depth the latest management concepts and theories. In addition, learners are asked to consider new and alternative forms of management and leadership that might be applicable to the digital world.

Learners will be encouraged to pose deeper questions, think critically, and challenge conventional methods as they explore the possibilities of managerial innovations. By being actively challenged, students will go beyond passive learning to become modern leaders and active creators of knowledge.

Through a choice of specializations, you can prepare to meet the continuing challenges and opportunities that exist within your profession while conducting original research in an area that complements your interests.

Participate in residencies that give you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with Walden faculty and staff; network with peers; and enhance your research skills.


  • Accounting
  • Engineering Management
  • Finance
  • Finance - Course-based
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Change
  • Leadership & Organizational Change - Course-based
  • Learning Management
  • Operations Research
  • Self-Designed

Why choose the Finance Specialization?

The Finance Specialization offers an opportunity to develop and use financial models and theoretical knowledge to understand challenging financial problems on a national and international level. Conduct research and gain advanced knowledge in areas of corporate finance and financial management. Analyse case studies, incorporate principles of social and behavioral research, and expand your expertise in financial theories and practices. Learn how to maximize firm value through valuation, capital budgeting, working capital management, multinational concepts and many advanced theories in finance.

Learning outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  • Get accustomed to the evolution of management in history and its relationship to human development.
  • Analyse various theories, concepts, and tools to provide the basis for management decision-making.
  • Evaluate management and systems-thinking principles of organizational systems.
  • Assess gaps in the current research literature in the field of management.
  • Design research that addresses gaps in the field of management.
  • Conduct original research through a variety of methodology, design, and analysis.
  • Career Options

    As a Ph.D. in Management graduate, you will be prepared to bring fresh knowledge, ideas, and perspectives to your field through a variety of careers such as:

    • Collegiate teaching
    • Consulting
    • Upper-level public policy or corporate policymaking
    • Leadership
    • Organizational innovation and change


    Completion Requirements

    • 102 total quarter credits
      • Foundation course (6 cr.)
      • Core Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs I, II, III) (36 cr.)
      • Specialized Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs V or VI, and VII) (24 cr.)*
      • Foundation research sequence (12 cr.)
      • Advanced research course (4 cr.)
      • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (20 cr.)
    • Professional Development Plan
    • Four Ph.D. residencies to equal a minimum of 16 days

    *Students may substitute three graduate-level courses or two graduate-level courses and an independent study for KAM VII with the approval of their faculty mentor and the program chair, provided that they complete a minimum of two KAMs.

    Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


    In our Ph.D. in Management program, you will work with expert faculty members who are scholars and leaders in their fields.


    Admission requirements for Walden’s programs vary but generally include the following:

    • Official transcript(s)
    • A master’s degree or higher
    • Applicable test scores
    • Completed online application
    • Employment history
    • List of transfer credits

    Applicants must have successfully completed a higher education/ university-level degree or a comparable university degree. Additional academic qualifications may also be considered.

    Transfer of credits based on a course-by-course evaluation of relevant transcripts.

    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band: 6.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 550 TOEFL iBT® test: 79

    Work Experience

    At least 3 year(s) of work experience is required.

    Three years of related professional or academic experience.

    Technological Requirements

    Access to a computer and the Internet



    Walden University’s B.S. in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.), and Ph.D. in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

    This accreditation reaffirms the quality of Walden’s programs and support services, as well as our commitment to continuous assessment and improvement. Earning an ACBSP-accredited degree can better prepare you to compete and succeed in the global marketplace. Employers recognize the value of graduates of a program with educational standards modelled on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, used by businesses, government, and other organizations as a measure of quality.

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