Program Overview

Our program is an ideal destination for anyone interested in a Management PhD, for three reasons:

  • Research Productivity. We rank 15th in the Texas A&M/University of Georgia Rankings of management department productivity for 2012-2016. When adjusting for faculty size, we rank 3rd. We therefore stand as one of the most productive groups in the country.
  • Editorial Experience. Our faculty includes the former editors-in-chief of Academy of Management Journal and Organizational Research Methods — the flagship empirical and methodological journals in the field. It also includes current associate editors of Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, and Personnel Psychology and a recent Associate Editor of Academy of Management Journal​.
  • Student Focus. Our faculty publishes with our students. If you look at our vitas, you'll see that almost all of our work is being done with our PhD students.

PhD students work with faculty on all phases of the research process—from idea generation and study design to data analysis and writing. The culture is collegial and informal, with students viewed as colleagues and coauthors. Moreover, students are encouraged to work with multiple faculty, not just their chosen advisor or dissertation chair.


Our program has placed students at a number of top universities in recent years, including:

  • University of Nebraska (Rob Campbell, 2019 Strategic Management graduate)
  • University of Oregon (Kate Zipay, 2018 OB graduate)
  • University of Notre Dame (Tim Hubbard, 2017 Strategic Management graduate)
  • Indiana University (Ryan Outlaw, 2016 OB graduate)
  • University of Illinois-Chicago (John Lynch, 2016 OB graduate)
  • Arizona State University (Michael Baer, 2015 OB graduate)
  • Oklahoma State University (Jason Kiley, 2015 Strategic Management graduate)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Jonathan Bundy, 2014 Strategic Management graduate)

These students received offers and/or pending site visits from a number of schools, including University of North Carolina, University of Virginia (Darden), University of Virginia (McIntire), University of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, Indiana University, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis, London Business School, and Imperial College London.​ Read more about UGA's placement successes in Terry Magazine.


Management PhDs choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Organizational behavior (OB)
  • Strategic Management

OB research focuses on understanding employee attitudes, emotions, and behaviors, in an effort to improve the work experience. This research draws largely from industrial, organizational, and social psychology. Strategic Management research focuses on the relationships between top managers' decisions, firm performance, firm governance, and stakeholder perceptions. This research builds on work in sociology, social psychology, and economics.

Typical Course Sequence

  Fall Spring
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3 Assuming the passing of comprehensive exams, acceptable departmental evaluations, and the approval of the Associate Dean, PhD students are put on a five year track. Year 3 is then focused on continuing to make progress on existing research projects while beginning lead-authored work.
Year 4 Year 4 is then focused on existing research projects before turning attention to the Dissertation Proposal.
Year 5 Year 5 is then focused on interviews in the academic job market before completing the final Dissertation Defense.