Columbia Business School offers an intensive PhD program for those individuals interested in pursuing a career in research and/or teaching. Our rigorous program prepares students to move on to careers that help shape new business ideas and practices and influence future generations of business leaders.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and is administered by the Business School. The PhD program is full-time only; there is no part-time course of study. The average program completion time is five years.

Throughout the program, students become familiar with research methods and the literature of their major fields through research projects and directed reading.

Doctoral candidates begin the program mastering basic research tools by studying subjects such as economics, behavioral science, and quantitative methods, in addition to completing coursework and examinations in their major field of study. The completion of coursework and qualifying examinations typically requires two to three years.

The research phase begins as early as the first year, when students serve as research assistants, and continues throughout their time at the School. Students gradually become more involved in the design and execution of research and, by the end of the second year, some have produced papers suitable for publication, often as coauthor with a faculty member.

The later years of the program are dedicated to original research and the creation of a dissertation.