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Darla Moore School of Business


Ph.D. Programs

The Darla Moore School of Business currently offers two doctoral degree programs: the Ph.D. in Business Administration and the Ph.D. in Economics.

Ph.D. programs at the Moore School are full-time, and require residency on the Columbia campus. The intent of a residency requirement is to ensure that doctoral students benefit from and contribute to the full spectrum of educational and professional opportunities provided by our graduate faculty.

When establishing residency, students should interact with faculty and peers by regularly attending courses, conferences and seminars and using the library and other resources that support excellence in graduate education.

Both doctoral degree programs are designed to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Provide a thorough knowledge and deep insight into the main theoretical disciplines underlying the student’s fields of specialization built upon a basic understanding of business and its environment
  • Develop the skills, professional ethics and competence required to design, execute and evaluate creative and meaningful research in the student’s field of specialization
  • Promote individual programs of study that encourage students to customize their research and teaching interests and expertise, thereby better preparing them for successful roles as researchers, educators, business people and policy makers

Ph.D. in Business Administration: Accounting

The School of Accounting in the Moore School has established a national reputation for academic research. Doctoral students are able to investigate financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, auditing and information systems topics using this new and promising research approach.  

Ph.D. in Business Administration: Finance

The finance department at theMoore School is composed of outstanding teachers and researchers whose interests include such areas as bank management, corporate restructuring, investment management, risk management, employee benefits and real estate finance. The finance emphasis provides an advanced, integrated education in business administration with intensive training in research methods and theory applicable to finance problems.

Ph.D. in Business Administration: International Business

The objective of the doctoral program with emphasis in international business is to prepare students for academic careers. Students often select cognate course work in areas such as sociology, psychology, anthropology, international studies and management. Students are encouraged to use the cognate to develop a program of study that establishes a strong multidisciplinary foundation supporting their functional specialization and individual research interests.

Ph.D. in Business Administration: International Finance

The international finance program is housed within the Sonoco Department of International Business. We are interested in equipping students who have strong interest in international finance to become leading scholars in this field. We encourage students to pursue research topics applying core finance concepts to the international arena. We also encourage interdisciplinary research with a focus on global finance.

Ph.D. in Business Administration: Marketing

The marketing doctoral concentration program’s primary objective is to provide doctoral students with the best training possible to maximize career opportunities in university teaching and research. This concentration offers intensive training in research methodology and theory applicable to scholarly marketing and buyer behavior issues. The marketing concentration places heavy emphasis on research methodology and critical thinking skills. The primary goal of this program is to prepare students for active academic research careers.

Ph.D. in Business Administration: Production/Operations Management

The production/operations management doctoral concentration prepares students for careers in university teaching and research. Production/operations management includes the design, planning, organization and control of activities involved in the transformation of resources into goods and services. At a more strategic level, the focus is on matching supply with demand. Our program specializes in research that builds on academic theory and is relevant to practice.

Ph.D. in Economics

The Department of Economics at the Moore School has a well-established doctoral program featuring a comprehensive yet flexible curriculum. Graduates have been placed in leading academic institutions, prominent corporations and numerous governmental agencies.

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