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PHD - About the Program

About the 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: men and women who already have a breadth of knowledge in the functional areas of business and who have a strong interest in academic research. 


Program Overview

Darden's doctoral program is designed to provide you with the learning experiences and methodological training needed to do academic work at the highest level. Our program is distinctive in its cross-disciplinary curriculum and our diverse cohort of students who have interests that span multiple areas within business and business management. We compliment a rigorous exploration of one's focal area with a broader enterprise perspective on business and markets. 

Programs of Study

  • Strategy, Ethics & Entrepreneurship

  • Data Analytics and Decision Science


First & Second Year of the Program Credit Hours
Doctoral Level Major Field Courses 12
Pedagogy 3
Research Methodology 9
Other Customized Coursework 24
Total 48


Darden Doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded to students showing significant academic promise.  Our aim is to make the program accessible for talented Ph.D. students from all parts of the globe and walks of life help Darden create an inclusive and diverse community that is critical to the School’s mission. Major elements of a fellowship includes:


Full Tuition and Fee Scholarship

Ph.D. students receive full tuition and fee support for four years of full-time study, conditional on satisfactory progress in the program. 

Health Insurance

A subsidy to pay for the University’s student health insurance. 


Teaching and Research Assistantships

Students are expected to complete a research assistantship for Darden faculty for the duration of the program.



  • Employment


    Our doctoral graduates serve as faculty at some of the leading universities and business schools in the world, including:

    • University of Pennsylvania
    • Dartmouth
    • INSEAD (France)
    • IESE (Spain)
    • IMD (Switzerland)
    • CEIBS (China)
    • Yonsei University (South Korea)
    • University of Virginia
    • William & Mary
    • University of Colorado
    • University of Missouri
    • Texas A&M University
    • Lehigh University
    • Iowa State University
    • Washington & Lee
    • University of Richmond
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    • James Madison University
  • Publications


    Our doctoral graduates publish in leading academic journals, such as:

    • Academy of Management Journal
    • Academy of Management Perspectives
    • Academy of Management Review
    • Business Ethics Quarterly
    • Business and Professional Ethics Journal
    • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
    • Harvard Business Review
    • International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Education
    • International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
    • Journal of Business Ethics
    • Journal of Business Venturing
    • Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures
    • Journal of Management Development
    • Journal of Marketing Research
    • Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice
    • Journal of Operations Management
    • Journal of Strategic Marketing
    • Organization Science
    • Organization Studies
    • Strategic Management Journal
    • The Journal of New Business Venturing