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Curriculum

A typical course sequence is outlined below, but you should refer to the PhD Handbook for complete information on all program requirements. All students must take an independent study every semester for the first two years.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • MGB 702 Organizational Behavior I
  • SOC 607 Statistics I
  • MGM 700 Core Methods (Research Design)

Spring Semester

  • MGB 702 Organizational Behavior II
  • CEP 523 Statistics II    
  • PSY 704 Research Methods I

First-Year Paper

Your required research paper must be completed by the end of the first semester of your second year of study. This paper will preferably be developed into a dissertation or a co-authored paper submitted to a top journal.

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • MGB 702 Organizational Behavior Special Topics I
  • SOC 606 Research Methods II
  • CEP 509 Measurement

Spring Semester

  • MGB 702 Organizational Behavior Special Topics II
  • Minor Course 1
  • Minor Course 2

Second-Year Paper

Your required research paper must be completed by the end of the first semester of your third year of study. This paper will preferably be developed into a dissertation or a co-authored paper submitted to a top journal.

Third and Fourth Years


Students are required to take a series of seminars that include the professional development series and brown bag presentations.



Comprehensive examination

OHR majors must successfully pass the comprehensive examination in OHR. You will be expected to take the exam during your third year in the program.

Dissertation

The dissertation is the final step toward graduation. It's expected to lead to at least one publication in a top organizational behavior journal.

Research Resources

The Academy of Management Journal ranks our faculty among the most productive nationwide in the creation of real-world research. Our faculty publishes in top organizational behavior journals, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organization Science.

Our faculty actively engage with their students, often working together on various research projects. In our colloquium and professional development series, leading researchers discuss their work with faculty and doctoral students. You will meet with the speakers and have the opportunity to present your own research. In addition, the department will provide funding to facilitate your participation in conferences., and you can work as a teaching assistant, recitation instructor and independent instructor to hone your teaching skills.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid is primarily available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition waiver. In addition, a limited number of fellowships are available for exceptionally qualified students.