University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Management Ph.D.

The primary objective of the Ph.D. program in Management is to prepare candidates for careers in university research and teaching. The program of study is designed to ensure that students receive an exposure to the broad areas of Management, develop the conceptual skills and methodological tools necessary to design and conduct independent research, and develop the skills and experience necessary to teach at all levels of higher education.

Program Structure

The Ph.D. program in Management usually takes four to five years. Students work on courses for the first two years, while simultaneously working with faculty on research projects. A comprehensive exam is administered at the end of the second year. This program only admits every other year.

Subsequently they work on their dissertations. Students are encouraged to work on research leading to publication in scholarly journals and most of our students have co-authored publications by the time they graduate.

Management Faculty

Management faculty work closely with doctoral students and mentor them to become excellent researchers and educators. The faculty are actively involved in research on diverse topics such as:

  • corporate governance
  • employee stress
  • strategic human resource management
  • business ethics and social responsibility
  • employee pay systems
  • psychological contracts
  • knowledge management
  • organizational politics

Several faculty hold leadership positions at the Academy of Management and serve on the editorial boards of key research journals.


Management Ph.D. Degree

Management Ph.D.

Management Faculty
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Duration of Program: 4-5 years

Program Start Date: Fall

Application Deadline:
December 15

Curriculum Overview
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Admissions Information
Management Ph.D. only admits every other year.
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Required Test: GMAT or GRE

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Curriculum Overview

Management Content Core Requirements 
Supporting Fields 
  • Courses for the supporting fields requirement must be at the graduate level and/or taken for graduate credit. Statistics and methods classes cannot be used to fulfill the Supporting Fields requirement. A minimum of 6 hours of the Supporting Fields are to be taken in Management. Students may consider selecting graduate courses from the following departments (although, not limited to these departments) in completing their Supporting Fields requirements:

    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Public Administration
    • Political Science
    • Marketing
    • Information Systems
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics

    In addition, students should give careful consideration to designing directed reading classes under MGMT 636V – Special Problems. Students will arrange these courses with Management faculty. A directed readings course may focus on any topic agreed upon by the student and faculty member. Course requirements generally include completion of readings and a research paper.

    On occasion, the Management Department will offer special courses under MGMT 6223 Special Topics in Management. Students will be notified about the nature and availability of these courses which may be used to fulfill the Supporting Fields requirement.

Research Tools 
  • A dissertation will be written under the guidance of the Management Faculty.



Admissions Requirements for the Ph.D. Programs

The final decision about admission is made by the departmental doctoral committee. There are no minimum requirements for the GMAT/GRE or for the GPA – we take a holistic view of the applicant and a poor score on any one component can be compensated by excellence on other components.

In the past few years, the GMATs of accepted students have fallen within a range of 630 to 780 and the GPA range between 3.50 and 4.00. If you have scored less than 630 on your GMAT or less than a 85 percentile on the GRE, please try to provide evidence of excellence on other criteria (for instance a strong set of letters of recommendation or a very high GPA).