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

  • Research Productivity. We ranked 17th in the Texas A&M Rankings of management department productivity for the 2010-2014 time period. We ranked 26th in the University of Texas-Dallas rankings for the same time period. With only 10 faculty, those rankings make us one of the most productive groups in the country on a per capita basis.
  • Editorial Experience. Our faculty includes the former editors-in-chief of Academy of Management Journal, Organizational Research Methods, and Journal of Management. It also includes current associate editors of Academy of Management Journal and Academy of Management Review.
  • 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:

  • Arizona State University (Michael Baer, 2015 OB graduate)
  • Oklahoma State University (Jason Kiley, 2015 Strategy graduate)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Jonathan Bundy, 2014 Strategy 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, Indiana University, University of Oregon, University of Arizona, Washington University in St. Louis, and London Business School. Read more about UGA's placement successes in Terry Magazine.


Management PhDs choose one of the following concentrations:

  • Organizational behavior (OB)
  • Strategy

OB research focuses on understanding employee attitudes, emotions, and behaviors in organizational settings. OB students typically minor in industrial/organizational or social psychology. Strategy research focuses on understanding how organizational, CEO, and board decisions or characteristics influence firm profitability. Strategy students typically minor in sociology, economics, or finance.

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.