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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.

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 2019, U.S. News & World Report ranked Duke's Fuqua School of Business 10th 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 2019, Stanford was ranked second among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report and seventh among national universities. Princeton Review listed Stanford as #2 among ''Best Value Colleges'' in 2019. 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 2019, UW's School of Business was ranked 35th among graduate business schools by U.S. News & World Report and 49th 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 TypeLocationEstimated Graduate In-State Tuition*
Harvard University4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$47,000
University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)4-year, PrivatePhiladelphia, PA$39,000
University of Chicago (Booth)4-year, PrivateChicago, IL$59,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)4-year, PrivateCambridge, MA$55,000
Northwestern University (Kellogg)4-year, PrivateEvanston, IL$55,000
Columbia University4-year, PrivateNew York, NY$48,000
Dartmouth College (Tuck)4-year, PrivateHanover, NH$54,000
University of Virginia (Darden)4-year, PublicCharlottesville, VA$19,000
New York University (Stern)4-year, PublicNew York, NY$45,000
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ross)4-year, PublicAnn Arbor, MI$23,000

*Source: NCES, U.S. Department of Education