Students selected for Walton College PhD programs are supported with strong financial, physical and intellectual resources in an unparalleled collegial atmosphere.
Collaboration and Support for Academic Careers
Walton PhD programs are designed to prepare selected students for careers in academia or government/industry research. Only a small number of students are admitted each year, encouraging a supportive environment where faculty are actively committed to student success.
Our faculty are committed to moving your career forward immediately, with opportunities for collaborative research available the first day you arrive on campus. Small teaching loads create an environment that encourages you to focus on perfecting your research skills.
Financial Aid for PhD Students
Students admitted to a Walton College PhD program may receive graduate assistantship funding which includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of $17,800.
Highly qualified students may be nominated for fellowship funding up to $22,000 per year in addition to the assistantship award.PhD Assistantships
Focused on Research and Teaching
The doctoral programs in Walton College focus on developing the student as a professional with emphasis on research and teaching. Developing the skills to conduct superior research is of paramount importance.
Our goal is for each doctoral student to have multiple publications and professional conference presentations completed at graduation. Walton College provides travel funding, eighteen hours of coursework related to research methods and analysis, and compelling faculty mentors.
Your teaching assignment begins after you have established your research base. Prior to asking you to step into the classroom, we prepare you to teach effectively by requiring participation in our Doctoral Teaching Seminar. This seminar, along with support from our Center for Teaching Effectiveness and Faculty Development, provides the resources you need to excel.
Behavioral Research Lab
The Behavioral Business Research Laboratory (BBRL) at Sam M. Walton College of Business is a resource for studying decision making in a controlled and replicable environment. The mission of the BBRL is to enhance the research capabilities of the Walton College by providing a nourishing environment to foster innovative behavioral research across business disciplines. The physical space in the Laboratory consists of a retail staging area, a computer lab, a series of breakout rooms, a conference room and a control room. Each of these spaces is outfitted with appropriate technology and sufficiently flexible to serve a wide array of research needs.
The BBRL uses a SONA system for its subject pool of 3,400 people. Most people in the pool are students along with some non-student local residents and staff at the university. Researchers can utilize the subject pool for their research studies.
Available physiological equipment in the BBRL includes Biopac MP150 data acquisition system that can be used to capture measures like galvanic skin response, ECG and heart rate. The MP150 can perform complex data acquisition, stimulation, triggering and analyses. New technologies are being added every year and we are constantly updating current equipment to ensure that our lab remains among the best in the nation.
Travel Grants to Advance Your Career
Attending conferences allows doctoral students to network within the academic community, to gain experience presenting at conferences, and to begin developing an academic identity. The Walton College provides travel grants to doctoral students to present papers at professional conferences.
Our Corporate Partners: An Unparalleled Resource
Northwest Arkansas is home to the corporate headquarters of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Tyson Foods, Inc., and J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Additionally, over 300 Fortune 500 companies have offices close to the University. This extraordinary corporate environment gives the Walton College unrivaled access to innovative research opportunities and data sets that exist nowhere else. Walton College faculty are valuable partners in moving our corporate partners forward with fresh ideas and academic inquiry.