Ph.D. in Organization Studies

Designed to prepare students for academic careers, the Ph.D. Program in Organization Studies at Boston College is recognized worldwide for its rigorous curriculum and exceptional faculty who are leaders in their fields.

The program emphasizes a strong foundation in organizational theory, research methods, and statistics. Students begin the program with a set of complementary courses in micro- and macro-organizational theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, and teaching skills. In the third year, students complete a major empirical research project and teach a course of their own.

Throughout the Ph.D. program, students pursue research on their own and in collaboration with faculty. All students are encouraged to deliver papers at national and international professional conferences, as well as to submit articles for publication in top-tier research journals. Our graduates emerge as creative, independent scholars who can craft and pursue their own research agendas.

Ph.D. in Organization Studies Application Deadline

Note: The application deadline for Fall 2021 will be announced in mid-August.

Questions? Email Graduate Admissions.

COURSEWORK

Ph.D. students who have previous education in management take a total of 15 credit hours during the program that includes both 7- and 14-week courses. All students begin the organization studies program with a set of foundational courses in organizational behavior and organizational theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, research, and teaching skills.

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The comprehensive examination is given at the end of the second year. To pass the exam, students must demonstrate a substantial knowledge of theory and methods involved in the study of organizational behavior and theory.

RESEARCH PROJECT AND DISSERTATION

By the end of the third year, students complete a research paper demonstrating the ability to conduct innovative research in organizational studies. The culmination of the program is the dissertation: a substantial, significant, and original contribution to the body of knowledge in organizational studies that is prepared under the guidance of a dissertation committee of three faculty members.

ASSISTANTSHIP REQUIREMENT

Doctoral students at the Carroll School are expected to serve as research or teaching assistants throughout their studies. Typically, students work as research assistants for 15 hours a week during the first year of the program, serve as teaching assistants during both semesters of the second year, teach their own courses for one semester in the third year, and serve as research assistants for the remaining third through fifth years. In exchange, the Carroll School provides financial support for doctoral students in the form of a stipend and tuition remission.

Sample Schedule

 YEAR 1: FALL
 Organizational Behavior
 Statistics I
 Quantitative Research Methods
 Research in the Community
 YEAR 1: SPRING
 Statistics II
 Flexible Core
 Elective
 YEAR 1: SUMMER
 Independent Research
 YEAR 2: FALL
 Organizational Theory
 Qualitative Research Methods
 Flexible Core
 Elective
 YEAR 2: SPRING
 Skills Core (Research I)*
 Skills Core (Teaching)*
 Elective
 YEAR 2: SUMMER
 Independent Research
 YEAR 3: FALL
 Independent Research
 Flexible Core or Elective*
 YEAR 3: SPRING
 Skills Core (Research II)*
 YEAR 3: SUMMER
 Dissertation Research
 YEARS 4 & 5
 Dissertation Research and Defense

*Refers to courses typically taught in 7 weeks.

Electives may be taken from other departments and universities, subject to approval.

Note: With the expection of class size, the following information reflects data for the entering classes of 2016–2019.

CLASS SIZE

2015 Class Size
2
2016 Class Size 4
2017 Class Size 1
2018 Class Size 3
2019 Class Size 3
Overall Selectivity 9.6%


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

 Average GMAT Score
685
 GMAT 80th Percentile Range
670-704
 Average GRE Score 325
 GRE 80th Percentile Range
322-327
 Average Undergraduate GPA 3.69
 Average Full-Time Work Experience
2.75 years
 Students Holding Master's Degree
54.5%

Diversity

Average Age 28
Age Range 25-33
Women 27.3%
International Students
18.2%

International Enrollments

Canada South Korea
France Pakistan
Italy P.R. of China

When it comes to career advancement, graduates of Boston College’s Ph.D. Program in Organization Studies have several distinct advantages.

Not only does the Ph.D. program instill the knowledge and skills required to conduct high-quality research and teaching in the field, the Management and Organization Department takes an active role in connecting students with exceptional academic career opportunities.

Our students and recent graduates are prolific scholars and writers, publishing regularly in top management and organization outlets such as Academy of Management Annals, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administrative Science Quarterly, Advances in Strategic Management, Human Relations, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organization Science, Organizational Psychology Review, Strategy Science, Research in the Sociology of Work, and Research in the Sociology of Organizations. They also have contributed articles to numerous other publications and chapters to books.

 

Meet Our Students

Learn more about current Ph.D. in Organization Studies candidates. 

Where do our graduates work?


Babson College

Boston University

EDHEC Business School (France)

Harvard University

IESE Business School (Spain)

Kookmin University (South Korea)

Loyola University New Orleans

New York University

Northeastern University

United States Coast Guard Academy

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Michigan

University of Western Ontario (Canada)

University of Virginia

Western Michigan University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 

Yonsei University (South Korea)  

Management & Organization Faculty