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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. 

Please note: The Ph.D. program is not accepting new applications. Check here for updated information on when the program will accept new applications.

Program Overview

The primary aim of the doctoral program is to train you to become an academic researcher capable of contributing on the cutting edge of research in management, particularly within your area of expertise. We will provide you with the learning experiences, readings and methodological training needed to do academic work at the highest level. Our program is distinctive in that it has a cross-disciplinary curriculum and cohort of students who have interests that span multiple areas within management — Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Leadership in Organizations.

Programs of Study

  • Ethics

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Leadership in Organizations


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


  • Employment


    One measure of success is job placement. Listed below are where some of our graduates are now employed:

    Academic Institutions (In-state)

    • University of Richmond
    • University of Virginia
    • Washington & Lee
    • Darden School of Business
    • Virginia Polytechnic Institute
    • James Madison University
    • William & Mary

    Academic Institutions (Out-of-state)

    • University of Pennsylvania
    • University of Missouri
    • Texas A&M University
    • Lehigh University
    • Iowa State University
    • University of Colorado-Boulder
    • Dartmouth College

    International Academic Institutions

    • IESE
    • CEIBS
    • IMD
    • INSEAD
    • Yonsei University

    Public Sector

    • CIO – AHA Multimedia
    • Principal – Archstone Consulting LLC
    • Managing Director – CFA Institute
    • Chairman – Karl-Adam Bonnier Foundation
  • Publications


    Publications are also an important factor in measuring success. Our graduates have published in 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