PhD Program

Shaping the Future of Business Scholarship

In an international economy driven by accelerating change, the business world needs cutting-edge scholarship that probes the complexity of the marketplace and gives practitioners, policymakers and thinkers evidence-based tools and strategies to transform our models for managing, leading, innovating and succeeding.

Community Scholars Influencing Business World Through Research

The PhD program at the Robert H. Smith School of Business is a collaborative, research-oriented community of scholars with the breadth of business knowledge to help launch your career as an academic leader. We inspire contributions to the discovery and dissemination of scientific knowledge through careers in research and teaching at top universities around the world. Students benefit from a diverse, world-class experience, and collaborate with faculty on relevant, groundbreaking research long after graduation. On average, students typically complete this full-time program in five years, spending two years on coursework and three years on their dissertation, working papers and other requirements.

Welcome from the Director

Rebecca HannWelcome! Our doctoral programs at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business are a collaborative, research-oriented community of scholars. While the purpose of our website is to provide a convenient summary of our program requirements, admissions and application, we hope that you also get a glimpse at our amazing students and supportive expert faculty.

Our ultimate goal is to train and develop students to become thought leaders! The coursework, research papers, and assistantship collaboration all contribute to preparing students for the tenure-track faculty positions at highly research-active universities. The hallmark of our program is our mentoring. Our students work with junior and senior faculty to advance their novel ideas into published research in top field journals and learn to be innovative in the classroom. Our faculty are highly invested in the promotion of our students throughout the program and even throughout their careers as faculty at other universities. Our alumni are generous with their time, expertise, and collaboration as they often co-author publications, present at our speaker series, and support and network at the major conferences. Our faculty, doctoral alumni and doctoral students collectively contribute to the discovery and dissemination of scientific knowledge in academics.

While the program is small relative to the size of the Smith School as a whole, our faculty, doctoral students, and doctoral alumni form a community. We are proud to have a very strong Association of Doctoral Students (ADS), which provides a variety of social opportunities for doctoral students, faculty and doctoral alumni to interact and build relationships. This supportive community of Smith scholars creates an environment of curiosity, passion, inspiration and boldness which is conducive to high levels of quality research. Smith PhD believes in fearless ideas!

Dr. Rebecca Hann
Assistant Dean of Smith Doctoral Programs
Dean’s Professor of Accounting & KPMGT Term Professor

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