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.

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The Carlson School Advantage

The PhD program at the Carlson School of Management is a research-oriented program committed to fostering your personal and professional growth as an academic leader in your chosen area of specialization. In our program, you will develop close collaborations with our award-winning faculty as you develop the skills and expertise needed to launch your career.

Our faculty values rigorous and engaged scholarship and a commitment to education. We are situated in the heart of the Twin Cities—a thriving metropolitan community offering numerous cultural and recreational opportunities and headquarters for 16 Fortune 500 companies. 

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