Commencement Spring 2022

PhD in Business Administration

The PhD program in Business Administration is a research-based program designed to train students to contribute to scientific discovery in their disciplines and to the dissemination of knowledge relevant to business education and practice. In our program you will engage with diverse students and faculty, connect with a vibrant business community, and get access to financial support, technology resources, and research opportunities.

The Carlson School Advantage

The Carlson School of Management is transforming what it means to be a world-class business school. We insist on experiencing what we teach. Instead of just connecting with companies, we help them grow. We don't simply master traditional fields of study, we create new knowledge and theory.

Students in the Business Administration PhD degree program receive generous financial support and benefit from distinguished faculty, technology resources, and field-leading research opportunities. The program is designed for students to focus on one of seven concentration areas:

In addition, students receive a solid foundation in the fundamentals of teaching and the opportunity to take advantage of nationally-ranked University of Minnesota programs in computer science, economics, applied economics, sociology, and psychology

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Whether you are currently a student in our program, a prospective student, or an alumni, we strive to make the Carlson PhD Program a welcoming and inclusive space. We aim to provide a challenging and supportive community that fosters the academic and personal growth of students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds. We seek to provide a community of learning and inclusion where all students feel respected and have a sense of connection.

As a program, we are specifically committed to:

  • Honoring diverse perspectives

  • Eliminating barriers associated with systemic racism and bias, particularly in the recruitment and success of a diverse scholarly community.

  • Elevating the voices of diverse scholars, particularly those from B.I.P.O.C. communities.

  • Providing opportunities to learn from people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

  • Promoting a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment

Resources available:

We recognize that commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion requires both education and action. The University of Minnesota provides many opportunities to help students, faculty, and staff to achieve this commitment.

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Disability Resource Center

Gender and Sexuality Center

Women’s Center


areas of concentration to focus your studies


U.S. public university business faculty for intellectual contributions


current students