• PhD in Strategic Management

    A program grounded in research methods and strategies, with a mentorship model, that gives students an esteemed personal foundation.

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  • DESIGNED FOR SUCCESS

    At Katz, we prepare our students to become productive and discerning research-oriented faculty members. See our sample schedule below.

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    Term 1

    Fall Term

    An exploration of critical thinking.

    Sample Courses

    • BSPP 3013 Foundations of Strategy Research

      3 CREDITS

      BSPP 3013 Foundations of Strategy Research

      Course Description

      Examines various streams of research which have contributed to our understanding of competitive behavior at both the business unit and corporate levels of diversified organizations.  Prior studies are critiqued as a means of developing proposals for improved research designs.

    • BSPP 3019 PhD Seminar in Entrepreneurship

      BSPP 3019 PhD Seminar in Entrepreneurship

      Course Description

      Students will develop a mental model of the entrepreneurship research literature, and show an understanding of and appreciation for the key concepts, theories, issues, debates, contributions, and research streams in this literature. They will be able to evaluate and critically review academic writings in this research literature and develop new ideas and/or approaches that advance some portion of this research literature and that could be turned into publishable research papers.

    • PSYED 2410 Applied Regression Analysis

      PSYED 2410 Applied Regression Analysis

      Course Description

      Study of topics related to simple and multiple linear regression, including model specification and assumptions, methods of estimation, significance tests of model parameters and various types of multiple regression and predictor-selection techniques. The relationship of partial and semi partial correlation to regression is covered as well as the use of interaction terms and dummy variables in regression.  SPSS and SAS are used to illustrate the correct interpretation of regression results.

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    Spring Term

    A thorough examination of research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BSPP 3012 Competitive Strategy

      BSPP 3012 Competitive Strategy

      Course Description

      This course draws on a growing body of theoretical and empirical research which examines relationships between an organization's environment, its strategy, and performance outcomes. Topics include theoretical concepts of the environment and their empirical counterparts, market definitions, strategic alliances, competitive information flows, competitive interactions and responses, industry evolution, and the role of environmental analysts. Special attention is given to competitive intelligence processes. There is an explicit balance of theoretical and practitioner material. The course complements the research in corporate strategy seminar by focusing on business level competitive dynamics.

    • BSPP 3014 Research in Corporate Strategy

      BSPP 3014 Research in Corporate Strategy

      Course Description

      In this course we will focus on a core sub-field of strategy, corporate strategy, which has the following defining question:  "what businesses should the firm compete in, and how should resources be allocated across those businesses?"  Corporate strategy comprises an inter-related set of three key phenomena and associated research; value creation (e.G., Diversification and vertical integration), scope (e.G., Mergers and acquisitions), and execution (e.G., Role of the corporate office).  While corporate strategy is often studied purely as a "content" field, we will adopt an integrative content-process orientation in this course. Our approach will also be evidence-based, in that we'll make a conscious attempt to understand and use systematic review tools, such as meta-analyses, to arrive at a sophisticated understanding of the corporate strategy literature.

    • PSYED 3406 Hierarchical Linear Modeling

      PSYED 3406 Hierarchical Linear Modeling

      Course Description

      This course is on hierarchical models for continuous and discrete outcomes.  Hierarchical models are used when the units of observation are grouped within clusters. Observations in a cluster typically are not mutually independent for given covariate values as required by conventional linear and logistic regression models. Longitudinal or repeated measures data can also be thought of as clustered data with measurement occasions clustered within subjects. The focus of the course is on hierarchical linear models and their assumptions, as well as practical aspects of developing models to address research questions and interpreting the findings.

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • BSPP 3011 Strategic Planning Systems

      BSPP 3011 Strategic Planning Systems

      Course Description

      Analyzes the strategic planning process in terms of the varying combinations of subsystems which may be required for different organizational purposes.  Research regarding both the design and evaluation of planning systems will be studied with the objective of developing improved models of the underlying processes.

    • BSPP 3015 Workshop in Strategy - Summer Paper

      BSPP 3015 Workshop in Strategy - Summer Paper

      Course Description

      Students develop a research paper with guidance from a faculty member. 

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    Term 2

    Fall Term

    A continued study in critical thinking and research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BSPP 3099 Readings in Strategic Planning

      BSPP 3099 Readings in Strategic Planning

      Course Description

      Independent work with faculty on student chosen topic within the discipline.

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

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    Spring Term

    A further dive into major concentrations, critical thinking, and research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • BSPP 3018 Theory Building in Management

      BSPP 3018 Theory Building in Management

      Course Description

      The development and analysis of theory is a critical skill for academic scholars.  In this seminar we explore the components of a theory, discuss the latest developments in theory development, examine the implications of alternative epistemologies and apply theory analysis to the field of management.  The course is designed to complement research design and statistics courses.

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • Research Methods Choice

      3 CREDITS

      Research Methods Choice

      Course Description

      *Research methods can include statistics, microeconomics, or experimental design classes.  While all students are required to complete a microeconomics course, there is flexibility in how it is classified in their program of study (i.e. toward their major or minor). 

    • BACC 2401 Financial Accounting

      3 CREDITS

      BACC 2401 Financial Accounting

      Course Description

      This course enables students to understand the basic financial accounting model, as well as the structure and substance of a firm's financial reports from a user's point of view. This includes what is (and what is not) included in financial statements, how and when events affect the statements, and what users can infer from these reports. When they finish the course, students should be able to examine a set of financial statements and effectively analyze the firm's financial position, profitability, and cash generating ability. Prerequisites: None.

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    Summer Term

    A comprehensive independent study.

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    Term 3

    Fall, Spring, & Summer

    Fully concentrated work on dissertation and service as teaching assistant.

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    Terms 4 & 5

    All Terms

    Teach and enter the job market to defend your dissertation.

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    Academics

  • STUDENTS

    Our mission is to produce internationally renowned experts in the business disciplines and place our graduates at leading research universities worldwide.

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    Students

  • RESEARCH

    By reading highlights of their research you will see why Katz faculty is internationally recognized as experts in their fields and have published in prestigious academic journals such as Accounting Review and the Review of Financial Economics.

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  • TAKE THE FIRST STEP

    We are here to offer you support through the admissions process. Below, find all of the information, requirements, and key dates you’ll need to submit your application.

    The Application

    Getting Started

    Required Components

    • Online Application

      Create your personal application account where you can start and save your work as needed. You will also submit the following:

    • Application Fee

    • Three Recommendations

    • Unofficial Transcripts

      Official transcripts will only be needed if the doctoral committee is interested in admitting you.

    • Official GMAT or GRE and TOEFL scores

    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores

      The school codes you must provide are DPZ-M5-90 for the GMAT and 2998-(major code) for the GRE. If the TOEFL applies to you, please provide the code 2998-02.

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    Interview Process

    Evaluative Interview

    Meeting with the committee

    Interviews are conducted on campus, off campus, or via Skype if is not possible to meet in person. We regret that we cannot conduct telephone interviews.

    Applicants may be asked to participate in our evaluative interview process upon initial review by the MBA admissions committee. A requirement for all Full-Time MBA admitted applicants, evaluative interviews are conducted by a variety of Katz personnel from our local MBA Admissions office in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

     

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    Additional Information

    Need To Know

    Frequently Asked Questions

     

    • What are the major areas of study offered through the Katz PhD Program at the University of Pittsburgh?
      Learn more about the seven areas of study.
    • How long will it take to complete the PhD program?
      Most students complete the program in four years. It typically takes two years to complete course work and comprehensive examinations followed by dissertation research, overview, and defense.
    • How should I choose an area of study? A PhD Program?
      We recommend you do two things:

      Examine the descriptive information under "Areas of Study" and browse to see if it interests you in general.

      Browse the faculty and research pages using the small "Faculty & Research" link at the very top of this page, just to the right of the Katz logo. Examine the titles of the papers of the faculty in the areas that you think are interesting. You might even look up some of the papers on Google Scholar and see if you can retrieve them through your school library. If you do not have access to an academic library, you might be able to obtain copies of some papers directly from the faculty members themselves. Read the papers and imagine yourself being involved in similar work. A scholarly career in research is full of rewarding and engaging work, but there should be a good fit between your interests and the specialties of the faculty in the program and university you are considering.

    • What is the financial aid package offered by the Katz PhD Program?
      The Katz Doctoral Program provides a five-year financial aid package to admitted doctoral students. The stipend is currently $26,900 annually. Katz also provides full tuition remission for five years and comprehensive health insurance for their students, both domestic and international.
    • I will be taking the GMAT/TOEFL Test in January. Should I submit the application to the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program without these scores?
      Yes, please submit as much of the application as possible before the January 1 deadline. It is best to submit your application with all official documentation. However, you may indicate that the GMAT/TOEFL score will be forwarded to the University of Pittsburgh (DPZ-M5-90 for GMAT and 2998-02 for GRE and TOEFL) and indicate the date you are taking the exam. We can begin to process the application if necessary without all of the information. However, please note that no official action can be taken on an incomplete application. If you have a copy of a score that you want to submit while waiting for an official score to arrive, please feel free to do so. Again, remember that no final action can be taken on your application until official documents are received.
    • What are the GMAT, GRE, and TOEFL Institution Reporting Codes for the University of Pittsburgh PhD Program in Business?
      Our GMAT reporting code is DPZ-M5-90 and the GRE and TOEFL reporting code is 2998-02. Please be sure to use the University of Pittsburgh PhD code and not the Master's program codes you might find elsewhere.
    • I have not received all letters of recommendation back from recommenders. Should I send my application without a complete set?
      Yes, it is important to get your application into the University of Pittsburgh Doctoral Program by January 1. If you are waiting for another letter of recommendation, please submit your application with a note informing us of the approximate date we will receive it.
    • It is a financial hardship for me to pay the application fee. Can the University of Pittsburgh waive the fee?
      We know the importance of applying to a doctoral program for our applicants and wish that we could help with this burden. Unfortunately, it is a University policy that an application fee must be charged. We have made every effort to keep the fee as low as possible and will continue to be sensitive to this need in the future.
    • When will I know the result of the application process?
      We know the importance of applying to a doctoral program for our applicants and wish that we could help with this burden. Unfortunately, it is a University policy that an application fee must be charged. We have made every effort to keep the fee as low as possible and will continue to be sensitive to this need in the future.
    • When will I know the result of the application process?
      Typically, the Katz Doctoral Committee will review applications during January and make initial offers in February and March. Depending on where a student may be as a backup, it is possible for a student to hear of a positive admission decision as late as the third week of April. The Doctoral Office will attempt to telephone and email accepted applicants as soon as a decision is made.
    • Where do you place your graduates?
      The purpose of the Katz Doctoral Program is to develop professional scholars who will excel in research and teaching for placement at leading business schools. The Katz School has an outstanding placement record with graduates.
    • What are the requirements for the PhD at Katz Graduate School?

      Visit the requirements section to learn more.

    • What is the minimum GMAT/TOEFL score accepted by the University of Pittsburgh Katz PhD Program?
      The University of Pittsburgh Katz Doctoral Program does not publish a minimum score. However, it may be helpful for you to know that the average GMAT score of admitted students each year is between 720 and 730. Few admitted applicants report TOEFL scores below 100.
    • Can I ask for a waiver of the TOEFL test?
      The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required if the applicant's native language is not English. Exemption for this test may be permitted when an applicant has attended a college or university in the United States for a minimum of four years as a full-time student and has earned at least a Bachelor's degree, or when an applicant has earned a Master's degree from a college or university in a country that considers its native language to be English (the USA, UK, Australia, and Canada are examples). Even if English is the medium of instruction, the school needs to be in a country with English as its native language.
    • How do I arrange to take the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL tests?
      The GMAT test is administered by the Graduate Admission Council.
      The GRE and TOEFL tests are administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, 08541, USA. Further information may also be obtained from the nearest United States Embassy, Consulate, or Information Service.
      GMAT - See www.mba.com/the-gmat.aspx
      GRE - See www.ets.org/gre
      TOEFL - See www.ets.org/toefl
    • How do I arrange a visit to the Katz Graduate School?
      We are happy to arrange visits for prospective students to meet the Katz faculty, staff, and students. If your schedule permits arranging a visit during the fall term (October through December), please contact the Katz Doctoral Office.
    • What is the size of the Katz PhD Program?
      There are currently 47 doctoral students, from 9 different countries, across 7 different majors. This number includes students at the course work, comprehensive exam, and dissertation stages of the program.
    • What is the application deadline?
      The deadline for applying for September is January 1. However, it is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.
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    APPLICATION DEADLINES

    The deadline for applying for September is January 1. However, it is advantageous to have your completed application submitted earlier to facilitate the review process.

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