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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



 Alumni Testimonial 

“The Ph.D. program at UB translated my aspiration
 into reality. The program embeds a systematic
 curriculum that helped instill in me high expectations
 for myself for conducting high quality of research and
 scholarship. My years of experience at UB became a
 solid foundation and provided me the confidence
 for conducting cutting-edge research in the fields of
 Organizational Behavior and Leadership.”

 Jeewon Cho, PhD ‘07
 Assistant Professor
 College of Business
 Oregon State University

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Second Year



Fall Semester

Spring Semester

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 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. Students are expected to take the exam during their third year of study.



Dissertation

The dissertation is the final step to successful graduation. It is 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 Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology and Organization Science. They actively engage with their students, often working jointly with them on various research projects. In our colloquium and professional development series, leading OB researchers discuss their work with faculty and doctoral students. You will meet with the speakers, and also have the opportunity to present your own research. In addition, the department will provide you with funding to facilitate your participation in conferences.
Our students have opportunities to work as a teaching assistant, recitation instructor and independent instructor in the classroom to hone their 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 well-qualified students.