StudyQA — PhD: Management — Harvard University



Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Deadline: Dec 28, 2022
3 place StudyQA ranking:1942 Duration:60 months

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Students in Management focus on research creating management theory and knowledge that is relevant to business practice. Key research themes include:

  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • General management
  • Organizational learning
  • Leadership
  • Networks and strategic alliances
  • Social enterprises
  • Senior teams
  • Globalization
  • Globally distributed teams

Through a curriculum covering multiple disciplines and functional perspectives and through thesis work that typically includes field-based research, students in Management master concepts and research skills that enable them to do rigorous research that is directly relevant to business problems.

Examples of recent doctoral thesis research include:

  • The role of social networks in promoting coordination and innovation within large, complex firms
  • The process through which professionals manage the boundaries between their work and non-work lives
  • How a firm can be systematic in achieving a sustainable competitive advantage by leveraging its employees



Each of the five DBA programs require a minimum of 13 semester long doctoral courses. Students in the Management program are required to complete a year-long discipline sequence typically in microeconomics, psychology, or sociology. Students also complete courses in the areas of business management theory, research methods, academic field seminars, and the Business Education for Scholars and Teachers (BEST) Series. In addition to HBS courses, students may take courses at other Harvard Schools and MIT.

Our programs are full-time degree programs which officially begin in September. Many incoming students choose to join us in July to conduct research with an HBS faculty member. Students are expected to complete their program in five years. Students typically spend their first two years on course work, at the end of which they take a field exam, and then another two years on dissertation research and writing.


  • Completed online application form
  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts for all college/university degrees and courses:
Self-reported transcripts are accepted for both DBA programsand PhD programs. Applicants must upload copies of his/her transcripts to the online application system. Hard copy transcripts will only be required if admitted to a program, prior to enrollment. GSAS no longer requires hard copy transcripts to be submitted for PhD Programs (Business Economics, Health Policy Management, and Organizational Behavior) at the application stage. Similarly, DBA programs only require electronic copies at the application stage.
  • Current GMAT or GRE scores (see details below)
  • TOEFL scores (non-native English speakers see details below)
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one from an academic source). Recommendation letters must be submitted online through the online application system. Hard copy recommendation letters will not be accepted.
  • $105 application fee via credit card


All incoming students, regardless of need and background, are awarded a fellowship which includes tuition, single-person health fees, and a living stipend ($39,600 for 2014-2015).

Although there is no formal commitment, it is expected that a similar level of financial aid will be awarded for up to five years. All financial aid awards are contingent upon a student's satisfactory academic progress.

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