Ph.D. Program in Management

The mission of the doctoral program in Management is to advance the careers of students with research and teaching skills who can continue the creation, verification, application and dissemination of knowledge to academic colleagues, future generations of students and business professionals.

This degree is granted on the basis of scholarly proficiency, distinctive achievement in a specialized field and capacity for independent, original investigation. For most students, it is a four-year program. However, we strongly encourage students to stay for a fifth year and try to provide funding for that fifth year whenever possible.

As the flagship campus in Alabama, we place students in research-intensive universities of similar stature. As one of the oldest Management Ph.D. programs in the South, Manderson has had great success placing students in teaching and research positions in some of the country's most revered academic institutions.

An excellent prior record from accredited universities is required and should include:

- High GPA (in excess of 3.5), and a positive trend in grades.

- High verbal and quantitative GMAT scores (recommended > 650, minimum = 600) or GRE (recommended combined >1300, minimum = 1200), taken within the past three years. The GMAT is preferred, but students may choose to take either the GMAT or the GRE.

- Three letters of reference that speak to the ability of the applicant to successfully complete the Ph.D. program and his or her potential for teaching and research.

- A current résumé.

- Applicant's statement of purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. program (1-2 pages).

- A writing sample (solely authored by the applicant; for example, a paper from a graduate course).

Note that a master’s degree is not required for our program. While there may be some advantages to having a master’s degree (particularly one that has already covered statistics and research methods), it is not a requirement for admission. Furthermore, because the goals of a PhD and master’s program (particularly an MBA) are very different, working on them at the same time will not be beneficial and thus is discouraged. Only in very rare cases do we allow transfer of MBA courses or PhD courses from other programs for credit in our program.

We encourage prospective students to get their applications to us by January 1 of the year they would like to be considered for admission. Applications are accepted after this date, but those submitted on or before January 1 will be given first priority.

 We only accept students to start in the Fall semester due to the structure of our coursework.

After an initial screening of applications for minimum admission requirements, we conduct phone or videoconference interviews with a select group of candidates in January. From there, invitations are given to a small number of potential students for spring visits to interview and meet the faculty during February and early March. Most acceptance decisions are made by March 15. We will accept applications into the summer only if we have yet to fill our available positions.

All applications must be completed through The University of Alabama Graduate School website. To apply, go to

Program Coordinator
Dr. Peter Harms
131 Alston Hall
Box 870225