The Carlson PhD in Business Administration is a research-based program designed to train students to contribute to scientific discovery in one of seven concentrations. Our program emphasizes engaged scholarship in which our students consider ways to both advance science and inform important applied and societal questions.

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As a PhD student at Carlson School of Management, you'll be part of a vibrant community of scholars and professionals, where diversity is celebrated and collaboration is encouraged. With access to top-notch resources and nationally-ranked programs in computer science, economics, applied economics, sociology, and psychology at the University of Minnesota, you'll have the opportunity to develop expertise in your field and conduct cutting-edge research. Situated in the heart of the Twin Cities, with its thriving metropolitan community and headquarters for 16 Fortune 500 companies, Carlson provides a dynamic and stimulating environment for your academic and personal growth.


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Message from the Director

Michelle Duffy
Dr. Michelle Duffy Professor, Vernon Heath Chair Department of Work and Organizations

The Carlson School’s PhD program in business administration prepares students for careers as faculty members at universities worldwide and for research positions in the industry. Students gain experience conducting basic and applied research, skills for continued professional and scholarship growth, and grounding in the fundamentals of good teaching. Graduates attend faculty positions at top research institutions prepared to teach and mentor future business leaders. Having gained mastery of a discipline within business administration, they have the tools to contribute to the field’s future development.

Students in our program have the opportunity to develop close collaborations with world-renowned faculty across seven disciplines. Our faculty are well-known scholars who regularly publish in top journals, have won distinguished academic awards, are editors of leading journals, and receive prestigious grants. We encourage a collaborative, supportive environment among students who bring diverse perspectives, outstanding academic records, and varied work experience.

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2023 PhD Program Brochure