Ph.D. Program

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The Ph.D. program in Business Administration with a major in Management in the Pamplin College of Business is dedicated to developing the next generation of research faculties at top academic institutions. Our core mission is to produce doctoral graduates who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to function as independent researchers and teachers who are capable of earning tenure as faculty members at research institutions.

Our curriculum emphasizes a solid foundation in strategic management, organization theory, organizational behavior, human resources management, and ethics and social responsibility. Students develop a solid understanding of management through four core management courses, and then they specialize in any of these areas based on their research interests. In addition, students acquire and develop skills in research design, measurement, and statistical analysis that will allow them to be effective, independent researchers for their academic careers. Our doctoral students engage in close and collegial research collaboration with our faculty who are highly respected nationally and internationally based on their research excellence. The student-faculty research collaborations continue years after the students’ graduation from the program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to teaching and Ph.D. mentoring. That commitment is shown in a vibrant curriculum and steady increases in the productivity of our graduate students.  We view a doctoral education as the foundation for lifelong learning.  We develop excellence in our students so that they can make significant scholarly contributions throughout their careers.

Our doctoral students engage in close and collegial research collaboration with our faculty who are highly respected nationally and internationally based on their research excellence. The student-faculty research collaborations continue years after the students’ graduation from the program. Our faculty has a strong commitment to teaching and Ph.D. mentoring. That commitment is shown in a vibrant curriculum and steady increases in the productivity of our graduate students. We view a doctoral education as the foundation for lifelong learning. We develop excellence in our students so that they can make significant scholarly contributions throughout their careers.

If you have a passion for research and want to become a management scholar, a strong interest in joining a rigorous doctoral program, strong academic credentials; and like the thought of spending the next 4-5 years in the quiet, pastoral beauty of southwest Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains, then we encourage you to apply to our doctoral program.

The timeline for applications is as follows:

  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2019
  • Screening Applications: February & Early March
  • Decisions Made: Mid to Late March

To apply, click on the link below and follow the instructions. If you have any further questions not addressed at our website, please feel free to email them to the Director of Graduate Studies: mgtdept@vt.edu

Featured Research:

Student-Faculty Research collaboration is the keystone of our Ph.D. program in Management. Doctoral students have the opportunity to work with the renowned researchers in the areas of Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, International Business, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resources Management. Below are some recent publications of our faculty members:

  • Song, Y., Gnyawali, D. R., Srivastava, M. K., & Asgari, E. (2018). In Search of Precision in Absorptive Capacity Research: A Synthesis of the Literature and Consolidation of Findings. Journal of Management, 44(6), 2343-2374.
  • Townsend, D. M., Hunt, R. A., McMullen, J. S., & Sarasvathy, S. D. (2018). Uncertainty, Knowledge Problems, and Entrepreneurial Action. Academy of Management Annals12(2), 659-687.
  • Hunt, R.A. and M.L.A. Hayward. (2018). "Value Creation through Employer Loans: Evidence of Informal Lending to Employees at Small, Labor-Intensive Firms." Organization Science. 29(2), 284–303
  • Ward, A. K., Ravlin, E. C., Klaas, B. S., Ployhart, R. E., & Buchan, N. R. (2016). When do high-context communicators speak up? Exploring contextual communication orientation and employee voice. Journal of Applied Psychology101(10), 1498.

Details of Ph.D. application

  • Application portal for Fall 2019 is now OPEN!

  • Criteria for Admission: All applicants are evaluated after the application deadline using a very rigorous process. The evaluation criteria include a statement of academic interests and goals, standardized test scores, prior academic performance including GPA, letters of recommendation, and prior work experience. Applicants are encouraged to visit the department and meet with the faculty and doctoral students.
    • While we require GMAT scores, we may consider applicants with high GRE scores. Applicants without GMAT or GRE will not be considered. Students recently admitted to the program have an average GMAT of 680 and a GPA of 3.6. With all applications, official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended and at least two letters of recommendation are required. 
    • Chances of admission are low if the GMAT score is below 650 and GPA is below 3.50.

  • Overview of requirements for international students: Students whose native language is not English are required to take the TOEFL. We expect TOEFL scores to be in the range of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or 100 (internet-based). The TOEFL requirement may be waived if an international student has graduated from an accredited university where the medium of instruction is English. Official copies of all scores (GMAT/GRE/TOEFL) must be sent directly to Virginia Tech. 
    • Virginia Tech’s institution code is 5859 (there is no departmental code).

  • Reviewing Process: Admission decisions are made by a committee of faculty. The committee will begin reviewing the applications in February. After all the applications are screened, we conduct interviews with select applicants via telephone and/or Skype, typically in late February and early March. The program is a full-time program and applicants are admitted for the Fall semester. 
    • Since all applications are evaluated after the application deadline of January 15, it is not possible to evaluate any single applicant prior to that deadline. 

  • Financial support: Students admitted to our program receive graduate assistantship support and tuition waiver. Assistantship and tuition waivers continue for four years as long as the student makes a satisfactory progress in the Ph.D. program. We also offer various competitive scholarships, awards, and grants to our students.

For more information:

Email: mgtdept@vt.edu
Phone: 540-231-5250

Dr. Daniel J. Beal
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Management (0233)
2007 Pamplin Hall
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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