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The Management Ph.D. program is a small, high quality, full-time, residential program designed to prepare qualified individuals for careers in scholarly research and teaching at the university level. The Management Department faculty is engaged in research in a wide range of topics in strategic management, organizational behavior, international business, and entrepreneurship.

The program of study requires the satisfactory completion of coursework, a qualifying paper, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research. Students take courses in various management topics, research methods, and statistics. Small classes and an "open-door" policy allow for close interaction between students and faculty, with frequent opportunities to discuss ideas and collaborate on joint research projects.

Ph.D. students have ample opportunity to work closely with faculty on a one-on-one basis and become involved with their research activities. We strive for our students to gain experience presenting their work at academic conferences and publishing research articles in quality academic journals. Students also acquire teaching experience through teaching undergraduate management courses on several occasions during their time in the program.

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide students with enough flexibility to discover an intellectual niche while ensuring that all students acquire general research knowledge in the broader field of management, in-depth expertise in a selected area of specialization (i.e., strategic management or organizational behavior), and competence in quantitative research methods.

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose, 3 Letters of recommendation, Supplemental Application / Portfolio

Program Application Test Requirements


Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

February 1

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The College of Business and Economics is AACSB accredited, and has been for over 60 years. Only 5% of business schools globally receive this distinction.

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