Message from the Director

A great place to learn business

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.

In our program, you will choose one of seven concentration areas in business administration: Accounting, Finance, Information and Decision Sciences, Marketing, Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain and Operations, and Work and Organizations. Students take two years of coursework within their field of specialty as well as supporting field coursework outside of Carlson in fields such as economics, psychology, sociology, computer science, statistics, and public policy. We offer generous financial support for five years, including stipends, conference travel, research support, tuition coverage, fees, and insurance.

The Carlson School is located in the Twin Cities—headquarters for eighteen Fortune 500 companies and a thriving metropolitan community that provides numerous cultural and recreational opportunities. The school’s unique combination of resources makes it a great place to live and a premier place to gain a relevant, cutting-edge PhD. Join us for a world-class experience!

Michelle Duffy

Dr. Michelle Duffy

Department of Work and Organizations