Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. How many students are currently in the program?
A. OBHR: 10; SM&E: 12
2. What is the average time taken by your students to complete the program?
A. The average time taken by students to complete the program is 5 years.
3. What is the average age of your students?
A. Average age of students is: OBHR: 27; SM&E: 25
4. How many PhD students enter academia after their PhD?
A. Almost everyone takes up an academic position after completing their PhD.
5. Does our PhD training equip students for careers in business (consulting, HR professional etc)?
A. The PhD program is designed to develop world class researchers for suitable position in academia only.
6. I am a consultant, but would really like to do my PhD part-time. Is that possible?
How many students do you admit?
A. The PhD program is a full time program.
7. What criteria are used in selecting PhD students?
A. A wide variety of criteria are looked at by the faculty committee while selecting PhD students. Some of these criteria include academic history and performance, Statement of purpose, recommendation letters, test scores, fit with the program etc.
8. Will I be rejected if I do not have any prior research experience?
A. Most incoming candidates do not have a prior research experience. The faculty committee looks primarily for potential to do research while in the program.
9. What is the typical selection procedure (i.e., steps)?
A. The faculty evaluates all the applications after the deadline date on criteria but not limited to details above. Out of all the applications, the faculty selects a few for interviews before the final offers are rolled out.
10. When will I be informed of the decision?
A. Typically decisions are made by February/March and communicated to the candidates.
11. Whom will I be working with during my PhD? Do I have a choice in deciding this?
A. Students work with a variety of faculty during their PhD program. The PhD program is designed to allow students to work with 2 faculties each semester. The process of choosing a faculty is a two-way street where both a student and a faculty select each other.
12. Is there a Master’s thesis at the end of 2 years?
There is no Masters’s thesis at the end of 2 years. Students instead are expected to write a 2nd year paper at the end of two years which is one of the requirements for advancing to candidacy.
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13. Who will be my dissertation advisor? Can I choose my advisor?
Dissertation advisors are not decided at the time of the application. The process of choosing dissertation advisors typically happens during the first two years of the program when students are encouraged to work with different faculty so that both the student and faculty have time and chance to choose each other and settle down to a faculty whom they want as a dissertation advisor.
14. Can I start working on my thesis when I start the program?
A. In order to advance to candidacy during which a student works on his/her thesis the student has to complete a number of milestones which are provided in the program details.
15. What are the typical milestones in the program?
A. Please refer to the program details for this.
16. Will I get feedback regarding my performance in the program?
A. The faculty accords high importance to feedback and takes effort to provide continuous feedback to the student on their performance.
17. What are the repercussions if I am not doing well?
A. In case the faculty feels that the student is not performing according to expectations, the faculty typically offers help, advice and resources for improvement failing which the student might be asked to leave the program.
18. What are the opportunities to take courses, work and collaborate with students / faculty in adjoining disciplines?
A. Students are encouraged to collaborate with students and faculty in other disciplines while adhering to the requirements of the program and milestones.
For general questions about the Ph.D. program, please see the Ph.D. office FAQs:
Regarding the general Ph.D. program (stipend, requirements, admission process) please contact the Ph.D. programs office:
PhD Program Office
The Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
3330 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742-1815
For more specific information regarding your area of concentration or
program, please contact the faculty member listed below: (Please note that we are unable to provide feedback on fit, CVs or provide evaluations for candidates’ profile. Please refrain from sending such requests. All completed applications will be given full consideration by the admission committee and faculty.)
Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
Dr. Hui Liao
Associate Professor of Management and Organization
Dr. Rajshree Agarwal Tronetti
Chaired Professor in Entrepreneurship and Strategy