PhD in Science, Technology, and Management

Business is increasingly dependent on the development and management of new technologies, and the development of new technologies is increasingly guided by the needs of business. A new generation of scholars is needed to investigate and create new knowledge at the interface of science, technology, and management. Students in the doctoral program in Science, Technology, and Management draw on the strengths of Rutgers University in science and technology and on the expertise of the Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick (RBS) to conduct original research that explores this interface.

According to a 2005 study published in The Journal of Product Innovation Management, RBS ranks among the top five business schools in Technology and Innovation Management. The ranking is based on an assessment of the nature and quality of management of technology research activities. RBS shares the first tier with Georgia Tech, MIT, Rensselaer and Stanford. Although the study did not rank schools within the top tier, Rutgers finished first on 9 of 21 metrics of quality. A total of 120 schools worldwide were ranked in the study.

This doctoral program is supervised by the RBS's Department of Management and Global Business (MGB). Students attend a weekly research seminar in the department and have support available from the Technology Management Research Center. View a partial list of publications by students and recent graduates.



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 waived.)
  • 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.


Students are expected to take three courses for degree credit each semester during the first two years. They 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 often take an additional methodology course during their third and fourth year 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:

  • 26:960:577 Statistical Linear Models (Fall)
  • 26:620:557 Social Science Research Methods (Spring)


In addition, they should take at least two other doctoral level methodology or statistics courses.


Major (5 courses)

The student's five major courses must be selected from courses the department offers for its majors in Organization Management and International Business. Courses regularly offered in recent years include:

  • 26:620:555 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  • 26:620:556 Seminar in Organization Theory
  • 26:620:558 Seminar in Strategic Management
  • 26:620:671 Management of Innovation and Technology
  • 26:620:677 Culture and Organizations
  • 26:553:501 Cross-Border Management: Institutions, Firms, and Industry Value Chains
  • 26:553:601 Theory of International Business
  • 26:553:602 History of International Business
  • 26:553:604 Corporate Innovation and International Business
  • 26:553:605 National Innovation Policies and International Business


Minor (3 or 4 courses)

The minor consists of at least three doctoral courses approved by the adviser, the doctoral coordinator, and the doctoral director. In the case of students interested in the management of a particular area of technology, such as biomedical engineering or transportation and infrastructure, the courses may be in that technical area; in this case, the minor must consist of four courses, and an additional technical adviser will be appointed to approve them. Students who enter the program with a master's degree in a relevant scientific or engineering field may be allowed to transfer courses to satisfy the minor requirement.


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, which is taught in the spring semester each year.


First early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Students write a paper with a faculty member, to be presented to the department during the fall semester.


Second early research requirement (equivalent to one course): Write a paper (ideally a dissertation proposal) with a faculty member, to be presented to the department during the fall semester.


Writing proficiency requirement: In late May or early June at the end of the first year, students participate in the program-wide Intensive Writing Seminar.


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