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Doctoral Program

Program Requirements

Management & Organizations Doctoral Program Requirements

The primary requirements for graduation are the completion of a thorough course of study, minor and major comprehensive examinations, a second year research paper, and a dissertation that covers a management topic based on a strong theoretical and methodological approach.

The doctoral program in management is a full-time program. Doctoral students are expected to have full-time status, to participate in research projects conducted by management faculty, to participate in the department's research seminars, and to present research seminars. Students will receive full funding for five years guaranteed.

Comprehensive Exams

Students exhibit their mastery of the three core areas of OB, OT and Strategy in minor exams held at the end of each core course in the first year.  Upon completing their coursework at the end of the second year, students take both a written and an oral comprehensive examination. The written examination is focused on the student’s choice of subfield.  It tests a student's knowledge of the field, and offers a student opportunities to critique and integrate current developments, generate research questions, devise effective research designs, and derive practical implications.  The oral examination is focused on clarifying the written answers and the discussion is intended to help students to develop dissertation ideas.

Research Practica

Students are required to complete five annual research practica in the course of the program. The practicum is an apprenticeship in which the student jointly participates in a research project with a faculty member in order to develop hands-on research skills and learn how to produce high quality research suitable for publication.  These projects continue over 2-3 years so the research practica requirement typically entails two or three different collaborations with faculty members.

Second Year Paper

Students write an original paper during the second year of their program that is of publishable quality. It is read and evaluated by a three-member committee of faculty from the department. Students will be required to present their second year papers in a department seminar in the fall of their third year.


After passing the comprehensive examination and completing the second-year paper, a student chooses a dissertation committee and prepares a written dissertation proposal. A dissertation committee consists of at least members: typically at least two members are faculty from the management department.  The student designates one member of the dissertation committee as chairperson (typically this is their advisor).

A dissertation committee can include persons who are not affiliated with New York University, but the chairperson must be a member of the Stern School's faculty.

By the end of the fall semester of their fourth year, the student presents a dissertation proposal. If the committee accepts the proposal, the student prepares a memorandum that summarizes the discussion and specifies how the proposal is being revised to meet major criticisms.

Students present their completed dissertation at a public seminar that is attended by the dissertation committee and other interested people. The written dissertation must satisfy the members of the dissertation committee.

Advising and Policies

The Management Department has a Doctoral Committee that meets regularly to evaluate student progress, advise the Coordinator on admissions decisions, consider policy changes, etc. Each year students prepare a Progress Report and Plan which is the basis of an annual evaluation and feedback process involving advisors, faculty for whom students work in research practica, and the Management Doctoral Committee. We have found this process to be a valuable way to provide our students with guidance when it is most useful.