Darden Ph.D. Program

The Darden Ph.D. Program

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business offers an intellectually demanding doctoral program for a select group of high-potential applicants. Distinguished by its top-ranked faculty and world-class research centers, the doctoral program will train you as an academic researcher capable of contributing to the cutting edge research in business and management and provide you with the skills you will need for a successful career as a professor.

Now accepting applications for Fall 2023

Ed Freeman

Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

Darden's Strategy, Ethics, and Entrepreneurship (SEE) Ph.D. Program is unique in its integration of these three fields of study. While students will focus on one of the three tracks (either Strategy, Ethics, or Entrepreneurship), we place emphasis on the intersection of these topics. We bring a unique Darden perspective to creating and sustaining value -- not only for the firm, but for the stakeholders involved and for the society within which the firm operates.

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Quantitative Analysis

Quantitative Analysis

Darden's Quantitative Analysis (QA) Ph.D. Program is focused on mathematical methodology with business applications and includes dynamic programming, game theory, mechanism design, machine learning, optimization, search theory, wisdom of crowds, forecasting, decision analysis, pricing and revenue management, and behavioral models of human decision making.

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What Our Ph.D. Graduates Say About the Program

Doing a Ph.D. at Darden has many unmatched benefits - focus on ethics, scientific freedom, friendly and productive relationships with faculty, individual approach to Ph.D. students, unconditional support, a very diverse student cohort and more. 

Darden faculty are always open to collaborate on research projects with Ph.D. students, and the limits are only your own interest and time. I really enjoyed my close collaboration with many Darden prominent faculty such as Ed Freeman, Andy Wicks, Bobby Parmar, Mark Haskins, and Jared Harris, as well as with professors who have strong ties with Darden such as Patricia Werhane and Rob Phillips. All the faculty are very friendly and often the relationships extend beyond the classroom and beyond the graduation.

Sergiy Dmytriyev, Assistant Professor, Business Management at James Madison University
P.h.D. in Business Administration, 2019

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Where the Brightest Minds Converge

Jeanne Liedtka

The Darden doctoral faculty includes an unparalleled collection of penetrating business minds. With a longstanding combination of academic excellence and real-world experience, professors introduce Ph.D. candidates to research and publishing opportunities that aim to push candidates' purpose toward professional reward.