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Specialization & Course Work

All doctoral students will take a three course seminar series in their first year that provides a foundation in the primary intellectual disciplines that inform management scholars. These courses -- organizational behavior, organizational theory, and strategy -- provide a strong theoretical grounding.

Beyond the core doctoral seminars, students are expected to take a number of advanced seminars in their area of specialization. Strategy students take doctoral level seminars in microeconomics and industrial organization, organizational behavior students take doctoral level seminars in psychology and organizational theory students take these seminars in sociology.


All students are required to take four courses in graduate-level research methods, including a research methods survey course that covers a variety of methodologies commonly deployed in management studies.  In addition, students attend a professional development seminar in their first and second years and a research design and development seminar in their second and third years. 

The doctoral program allows a student to complete all course work in two years of full-time study, requiring 36 credits for those entering with a Master’s Degree and 54 for those with a Bachelor’s Degree. While credit may be granted for courses taken at other institutions, students must complete at least 15 points of course work at NYU. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a grade point average of at least a 3.0.