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Business Administration PhD Management Concentration

After a very successful recruiting year in 2015 (we added three brilliant new PhD students to our group), our department has decided that we will not accept new students in 2016. We do expect to bring in several new students in 2017.

The Gatton College's doctoral program in management prepares students for successful academic careers at research-intensive universities. Our doctoral students work closely with the world-class faculty on cutting-edge research.

Admission is competitive. We typically accept around 10% of applicants. Successful applicants tend to have competitive GMAT scores (the average for the incoming class of 2013 is above 720), but GMAT scores are not the only factor we consider: We also pay close attention to letters of recommendation, past academic achievement, and the statement of purpose (which should clearly convey why the applicant thinks our program is the right fit given her/his research interests).

What sets the Gatton Management Area doctoral program apart?

World-Class Faculty

The Gatton College has assembled a productive and cohesive group of management scholars who are exceptionally committed to the development and success of doctoral students.  Members of the faculty are engaged in research in a range of domains, including business strategy, social networks (including online social networks), decision support systems and information systems, human resource management, and organizational behavior and theory. Most of the faculty members are currently serving or have recently served as editors and editorial board members of some of the most influential research journals in organizational studies and information systems research. Faculty and doctoral students collaborate on conducting and publishing cutting-edge research, and they regularly connect with the "real-world" by working on various collaborations with partners in for-profit and non-profit organizations. 

Our doctoral graduates have become business school faculty at major research universities such as the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton, Emory University, Tulane University, Penn State, Michigan State, University of Missouri, Clemson, the University of Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, Queen's University, University of Illinois-Chicago, William & Mary, and Boston College.

LINKS Center for Social Network Analysis

The study of social and organizational networks has grown spectacularly over the past decade, especially in business and management. Daniel J. Brass, director of the Links Center, is a pioneer in the study of organizational social networks. Read about the center and its activities (which include regular academic conferences and workshops that enhance the development of our doctoral students and win them wide exposure to leading scholars in social network analysis from around the world) here:


Part of a Comprehensive Major Research University

As a doctoral student in a major comprehensive research university, you will collaborate with scholars in related fields including public policy, economics, psychology, and sociology. This contact will allow you to develop research questions that are interesting and important to a variety of fields of study.

Intensive, Personal Attention

We pride ourselves on providing close individualized attention to our doctoral students through an apprenticeship model designed to nurture future thought leaders. Doctoral students work on projects they initiate and design as well as projects initiated by professors. Our students have published articles in the best research journals in our field and have won research awards at annual research conferences of the Academy of Management and the Strategic Management Society. 

Lexington, Kentucky, is One of the Best Places to Live in the United States

Lexington is a small, interesting, urban/suburban locale with ready access to exciting urban areas and beautiful rural areas. Its cost-of-living and crime rates are low, and its schools are terrific. Forbes magazine has consistently listed Lexington as one of the top 20 places to live in the United States.


If you are interested in challenging yourself intellectually and becoming a professor in a major research university, click here to get more information about applying to our Ph.D. program in Business Administration. Contact Ajay Mehra (ajay.mehra@uky.edu) if you have questions or would like to discuss the program in greater depth. We encourage minority and international students to apply.

Please note:

We accept both the GMAT and the GRE scores.

Students with a college degree from the United States do not have to submit a TOEFL score.

We currently only accept students on a full-time on-site basis.

All students receive a full tuition waiver and a modest stipend.


The deadline for submitting your application is February 1 of the year for which you are applying.



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