Top Business PhD Programs

Read about three of the top business schools with Ph.D. programs in the US, and check the national ranking info for each school. Explore the types of business doctorate programs that these schools offer. Get general info about choosing a good business school for your doctoral studies. Schools offering Business degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Should I Look for in a Top Business Ph.D. Program?

Many doctoral programs focus on a specific area of business, like accounting or operations management. You'll want to study with a faculty who have experience in your chosen specialization. You should consider business schools that have earned recognition from organizations like U.S. News & World Report or Princeton Review. Some programs offer a significant amount of educational funding to doctoral candidates.

What Are Three Schools Offering Top Business Ph.D. Programs?

Duke University in Durham, NC

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke's Fuqua School of Business 13th among graduate business schools (www.usnews.com). During that year, Duke was ranked eighth among national universities by the same organization. Students in Duke's Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs may take classes at other institutions, including The University of North Carolina and North Carolina State. In many cases, doctoral candidates receive tuition reimbursement and stipend support. The following programs are available:

  • Ph.D. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Decision Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Finance
  • Ph.D. in Management and Organizations
  • Ph.D. in Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Operations Management
  • Ph.D. in Strategy

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

In 2015, Stanford was ranked first among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report and fourth among national universities. Princeton Review listed Stanford as #4 for 'Top 50--Colleges That Pay You Back' in 2015. The faculty at Stanford's Graduate School of Business includes three Nobel laureates. Relevant research institutes include the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Center for Global Business and the Economy. You might pursue one of the following:

  • Ph.D. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Economic Analysis and Policy
  • Ph.D. in Finance
  • Ph.D. in Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Operations, Information and Technology
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior
  • Ph.D. in Political Economics

University of Wisconsin - Madison

In 2015, UW's School of Business was ranked 33rd among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report and 41st among national universities. Some UW faculty members serve on the editorial boards of leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Financial Management and Real Estate Economics. Research centers affiliated with the School of Business include the Center for International Business Education and Research and the Arthur Andersen Center for Financial Reporting and Control. Available degrees include:

  • Ph.D. in Accounting
  • Ph.D. in Actuarial Science, Risk Management and Insurance
  • Ph.D. in Finance, Investment, and Banking
  • Ph.D. in Management and Human Resources
  • Ph.D. in Marketing
  • Ph.D. in Operations and Information Management
  • Ph.D. in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics

Ten Top Business Ph.D. Schools

College/UniversityInstitution TypeLocation
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA
University of Chicago (Booth)4-year, PrivateChicago, IL
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA
Northwestern University (Kellogg)4-year, PrivateEvanston, IL
Columbia University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY
Dartmouth College (Tuck)4-year, PrivateHanover, NH
University of Virginia (Darden)4-year, PublicCharlottesville, VA
New York University (Stern)4-year, PublicNew York, NY
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ross)4-year, PublicAnn Arbor, MI

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

  • 1. Degree Options:
The schools in the listing below are not free and may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users. Tuition and costs will vary across programs and locations. Be sure to always request tuition information before starting a program.

Popular Schools

  • Capella University

    Capella University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Capella University:

    • Doctoral

    Online Programs Available

  • Grand Canyon University

    Grand Canyon University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Grand Canyon University:

    • Doctoral
      • DBA in Management

    Online Programs Available

  • Abilene Christian University

    Abilene Christian University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Abilene Christian University:

    • Doctoral

    Online Programs Available

  • Indiana Wesleyan University

    Indiana Wesleyan University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Indiana Wesleyan University:

    • Doctoral

    Online Programs Available

  • Colorado Technical University

    Colorado Technical University responds quickly to information requests through this website.

    Popular programs at Colorado Technical University:

    Online Programs Available

  • Michigan State University

    Campus Locations:

    • Michigan: East Lansing
  • Northwestern University

    Campus Locations:

    • Illinois: Evanston
  • University of Connecticut

    Campus Locations:

    • Connecticut: Storrs
  • Harvard University

    Campus Locations:

    • Massachusetts: Cambridge
  • University of Utah

    Campus Locations:

    • Utah: Salt Lake City