PhD in Organization Management

The doctoral program in Organization Management offers preparation for research and teaching careers in five major areas: organizational behavior, organization theory, strategic management, management of technology and innovation, and entrepreneurship. In addition to formal course work, students engage in independent study and research with faculty and other graduate students. The program has a strong record of publication by students and alumni, often in collaboration with faculty members.

The program is managed by the Department of Management and Global Business. Students who emphasize the management of technology and innovation work closely with the Technology Management Research Center. Click here for information on the department's strengths in the management of technology and innovation. Those working in the area of entrepreneurship have the opportunity to work with the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.



Course work, the qualifying examination, and the dissertation

A total of 72 credits is required for the doctoral degree. These must include:

  • at least 18 credits in dissertation research.
  • at least 36 credits in degree courses. (This can be reduced only if some course requirements are transferred.)
  • 6 credits in the early research requirements.


Additional enrollments may also be required:

  • Students are sometimes required to enroll in non-degree courses to improve their English or their writing. They may also need to enroll in the non-degree course Teacher Training Seminar as part of their preparation for teaching.  These enrollments require payment of tuition, but they do not count towards the 72 credits required for the degree.
  • Students must enroll in 26:620:689 every semester until they have defended a dissertation proposal. This registration requires their attendance in the Management & Global Business department's weekly seminar. A grade is given, but the enrollment is for zero credits and no tuition is charged.


Full-time students are expected to take at least three courses for degree credit each semester during the first two years. They must then take the qualifying examination at the end of their second academic year. During the last two years, they work mainly on their dissertation, but they may wish to take additional methodology courses during their third and fourth years and may be asked to do so by their adviser and doctoral coordinator.

Within a year after passing the qualifying examination, the student should defend a dissertation proposal.


Foundation/methodology requirement (4 courses)

Students should take these two courses in the first year:

  • 26:620:557 Social Science Research Methods
  • 26:960:577 Statistical Linear Models


In addition, they should take at least two other doctoral level methodology or statistics courses. Students may consider the following and can consider other potential options with the approval of their adviser:

  • 26:620:660 Qualitative Research Methods
  • 26:830:545 Behavioral Science Research Design
  • 26:620:685 Survey Research
  • 26:223:554 Econometrics - Cross Sectional
  • 26:223:655 Econometrics - Time Series
  • 26:960:575 Probability
  • 16:300:685 Causal Modeling
  • 16:545:614 Multivariate Analysis


Excellent statistics and methodology courses (including alternate versions of the above) are also available to our students in Statistics, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Education, SMLR, and SCILS at Rutgers-New Brunswick, in SPAA, Criminal Justice, and Psychology at Rutgers-Newark, and in Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science at NJIT.


Major (5 courses)

  • 26:620:555 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • 26:620:556 Seminar in Organization Theory
  • 26:620:558 Seminar in Strategic Management


And two of the following courses:

  • 26:620:685 Business Ethics
  • 26:620:671 Management of Innovation and Technology
  • 26:620:675 Topics in Business Strategy
  • 26:620:677 Culture and Organizations
  • 26:620:685 Entrepreneurship


Minor (3 courses): Three courses approved by the adviser, the doctoral coordinator, and the doctoral director.


Teaching Requirement: Each student must teach at least one course at RBS in the area in which he or she is earning a doctoral degree. Before doing so, the student is expected to enroll in 26:620:701 Teacher Training Seminar (taught in the spring semester each year) unless this requirement is waived by the program director and the department chair. Students who enter with financial support may need to take this course during the Spring in order to be sure of having an employment opportunity from RBS during the Summer.


First early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Full-time students should prepare for the early research requirement by taking Statistical Linear Models and Research Methods in the first year. Then they write a paper (usually a literature review) with a faculty member.


Second early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Write a paper (ideally a dissertation proposal) with a faculty member.


Other rules and requirements: For details of rules and requirements that apply to all doctoral students in RBS, see Policies and Procedures.