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 approach to doctoral education is unique in that we emphasize on the preparing students in ways that allow them to understand and address the “whole” organization i.e. from the study of individuals and groups within organizations to how they operate strategically in the larger business environment. Our program allows our students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to address critical and complex questions faced by organizations today—those that require expertise that cuts across the boundaries of current organizational research disciplines. One of the core strengths of our program is the possibility for the students to integrate micro and macro literature to examine the phenomena of their research interest.

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.

  • Application portal for Fall 2019 is now OPEN!

  • 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 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. 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).
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. Chances of admission are low if the GMAT score is below 650 and GPA is below 3.50.

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: Middle to Late March

For more information:

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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