Research Activities

An integral part of the student's doctoral education is sustained training in the processes of academic research.

This is achieved by two primary means: research apprenticeships and active participation in doctoral seminars.

Research Apprenticeships

Research apprenticeships with faculty are a key component of a student's preparation for a career in research, and the importance of the apprenticeship period in its impact on a student's subsequent successes cannot be overestimated. For this reason, doctoral students engage in apprenticeships beginning their first year of study. The time investment in research apprenticeship begins at one-sixth time appointments for first-year students, increases to one-quarter time appointments for second-years and, finally, to one-half time appointments for students in the fourth year and beyond. Apprenticeships also may involve teaching assistantships in the Graduate School of Business MBA Program, but training in research remains the primary form of apprenticeship.

Seminars and Research Colloquia

A second important method for students to cultivate research skills is by engaging in doctoral seminars and research colloquia. Faculty members and doctoral students jointly conduct these sessions, which consist of an interchange of research ideas and progress reports. The sessions assist students in mastering in depth the advanced methodology of the field and also provide a sounding board for students' own research plans. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to discuss, informally, the latest research of the GSB faculty.


Degree Requirements

  • Annual Evaluations

Years 1 and 2

  • Coursework
  • Field Examination
  • Research Papers
  • Research Activities
  • Completion of Other Requirements by Field

Year 3

  • Directed Reading & Research
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Formulation of Research Topic

Year 4

  • Continued Research
  • Oral Examination
  • Dissertation