PhD Program

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.

PhD Programs for Aspiring Thought Leaders

The Robert H. Smith School of Business PhD program is designed for individuals who wish to become thought leaders and business faculty at elite research institutions worldwide. Students benefit from a diverse, world-class experience, and collaborate with faculty on relevant, groundbreaking research long after graduation. Our faculty supports PhD students with extensive mentorship and collaboration, including pursuing the publication of papers in top business journals. Doctoral alumni also generously contribute to our research enterprise as they often co-author publications, present at our speaker series and show their support at major conferences. If you aspire to this kind of collective contribution to the discovery and dissemination of business knowledge, Smith is a wonderful place to further your career in academia. 

Application Deadline

We begin accepting applications for the Fall 2024 term for all specializations in August 2024. The application deadline is December 19, 2024. 

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Areas of Specialization

The Smith PhD Program is known for the highest quality research, led by our internationally acclaimed faculty. The program is intellectually stimulating, uniquely collaborative, and research-intensive. The Smith PhD Program offers nine areas of specialization across six academic departments. To learn more about the research and how our expertise can align with your research interests, explore the areas of specializations we offer:

Program Benefits


Every student admitted to the PhD program typically receives full financial support in the form of a graduate assistantship or fellowship for all five years, pending satisfactory progress. Each student also receives a $1,500 research stipend per year that may be used for research-related expenses such as conference attendance. The research stipend depends on satisfactory progress in the program.


Each student is provided with a carrel and computer in the PhD program suite, funded by alumnus William A. Longbrake, PhD '76. In the suite, students have access to team conference areas and study rooms to encourage collaboration and community.

Faculty-Colleague Relationship

A close working relationship between faculty and PhD students is a hallmark of the program.

Recognizable Research

Students regularly present papers at national as well as regional conferences and have papers accented in major academic journals.

Fellowships and Gifts

The Smith PhD Program draws its support from many generous gifts given by distinguished alums and scholars alike. These transformative gifts allow our PhD candidates to receive the well-rounded, involved education that makes Smith PhDs so sought-after in both industry and academia.

Long Jiang Endowed Graduate Fellowship in Business

Alumnus and Donor Long Jiang with Dean Prabudev Konana and professorsThis endowed fellowship is one of four gifts provided by Long Jiang, PhD ’06, in support of faculty and doctoral students collaborative business-related research and thought leadership at the Smith School. Jiang’s gift is the largest in the history of the Smith PhD Program.

As an accomplished business leader in both the U.S. and China, Jiang founded and served in various roles with Goertek, Inc., which develops and manufactures audio equipment, smart devices using virtual and augmented reality, wireless equipment and optical components for notable clients such as Apple, Samsung, Sony, Lenovo, and Meta.

Ritu Agarwal Distinguished PhD Fellowship

Ritu AgarwalProviding financial support for doctoral students studying in the Information Systems (“IS”) area of specialization, these funds are used by the IS faculty for outstanding IS doctoral applicants and doctoral students. This award was established by former Interim Dean Ritu Agarwal, PhD, in celebration of her 23 years of exceptional contributions to teaching and research at the Smith School.

Agarwal brought significant contributions to the Smith School, and specifically the PhD Program, in her various roles: distinguished teacher-scholar, distinguished university professor, founding director of the Center for Health Information and Decision Systems (CHIDS), senior associate dean of faculty and research, and interim dean. She currently serves as the Wm. Polk Carey Distinguished Professor in Information Systems and Health at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, and co-founder of the Center for Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence.

Michael Ball Endowed PhD Fellowship

Michael BallThis fellowship is meant to provide financial support for doctoral students studying in the Operations Management/Management Science area of specialization at the Smith School. This award is named for Michael O. Ball, PhD, Professor Emeritus at the Smith School.

Ball began his academic career as an assistant professor in 1984 and served in various administrative roles at the Smith School, including senior associate dean and associate dean for research. Additionally, Ball held joint appointments with the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. External to UMD, Ball was co-founder of Distinct Management Consultants and its subsidiary Routesmart Technologies.

Other Financial Awards

  • Gerald and Deana Stempler Award for Leadership and Management
  • Story Phillips Scholarships
  • Abraham Golub Dissertation Proposal Memorial Award
  • H. Kent Baker Graduate Fund
  • Nancy S. and Edward F. Ebert Graduate Award in Free Enterprise

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PhD Program Office

The Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
3330 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742-1815

For GPS, please use the following address:
7621 Mowatt Lane, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-2214

Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

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