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.

We invite you to learn more about earning your Ph.D. in Organization Studies at Boston College. Request informationschedule a visit to campus, or apply today. If you have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions.

COURSEWORK

PhD students who have previous education in management take a total of 19 courses during the program; students without management education take two additional MBA courses, for a total of 21 courses. All students begin the organization studies program with a set of complementary courses in micro- and macro-organizational theory, qualitative and quantitative research methods, statistics, 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, a student works as a research assistant for 15 hours a week during the first two years of the program, then teaches one course per semester or acts as a research assistant in the third and fourth 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
 Special Topics Course
 Research in the Community

 YEAR 1: SPRING
 Statistics II
 Special Topics Course
 Elective
 YEAR 1: SUMMER
 Independent Research
 YEAR 2: FALL
 Macro-Organizational Theory
 Qualitative Research Methods
 Special Topics Course
 Elective
 YEAR 2: SPRING
 Research Seminar
 Teaching Seminar
 Special Topics Course
 Elective
 YEAR 2: SUMMER
 Independent Research
 YEAR 3: FALL
 Independent Research
 YEAR 3: SPRING
 Research Seminar
 YEAR 3: SUMMER
 Dissertation Research
 YEARS 4 & 5
 Dissertation Research and Defense

Electives may be taken from other departments and universities, subject to approval. Prior graduate-level coursework in research methods may be submitted for consideration toward fulfillment of some requirements.

CLASS SIZE

2015 Class Size
2
2016 Class Size 4
2017 Class Size 1
Overall Selectivity 7%


ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

 Average GMAT Score
688
 GMAT 80th Percentile Range
710-744
 Average GRE Score 325
 GRE 80th Percentile Range
304-332
 Average Undergraduate GPA 3.58
 Average Full-Time Work Experience
2 years
 Students Holding Master's Degree
 88%

Diversity

Average Age 29
Age Range 26-31
Women 15%
International Students
62%

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.

 

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

University of Kentucky

University of Maryland

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Michigan

University of Western Ontario (Canada)

Western Michigan University

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania 

Management & Organization Faculty