• PhD in Organizational Behavior & Human Resource 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

    • BOAH 3002 Foundations of Organizational Behavior

      BOAH 3002 Foundations of Organizational Behavior

      Course Description

      This seminar focuses on individual and group behavior in organizations.  We will be exploring the primary topics in organizational behavior, including person-organization interactions, motivation, employment relationships, leader-member influences, and group processes.  Each week we will cover an area in depth, explore major theories, review a selected set of readings, and discuss some of the critical issues that the readings raise with regard to both theory and research methods.

    • PSYED 2019 STAT 2 Analysis of Variance

      PSYED 2019 STAT 2 Analysis of Variance

      Course Description

      Topics include one- and two-way analysis of variance, multiple comparisons for main effects and interactions, analysis of covariance, multiple comparisons for adjusted means, randomized block designs, nested designs, repeated measures designs, non-orthogonal designs and linear regression.  SPSS for Windows will be used.

    • 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

    • BUSADM 3013 Work and Organizations

      BUSADM 3013 Work and Organizations

      Course Description

      This seminar is intended for Ph.D. students who wish to develop an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of research on the management of knowledge and work in organizations. It reviews the major theoretical perspectives, but places a particular emphasis on the current empirical literature related to human resource management. Because of the multi-disciplinary nature of this research space, readings draw on a broad range of material including studies from sociology, organization theory, strategy, economics, and policy. These are used to develop an integrative understanding of the underpinnings of work and employment-related research published in top tier management journals.

    • PSY 2155 Psychology of Small Groups

      PSY 2155 Psychology of Small Groups

      Course Description

      This course surveys theory and research dealing with small group processes.  Topics include formation and development of groups, group composition effects, social influence in groups, group structure and group performance.  This course is useful for students in various areas of psychology and such related disciplines as sociology, social work, business and health-related professions.

    • PSYED 2030 Experimental Design

      PSYED 2030 Experimental Design

      Course Description

      Topics include characteristics of experimental research, steps for implementing an experiment, internal and external validity, classification of experimental designs, and design techniques such as random sampling, random assignment, blocking, analysis of covariance, and gain scores.

    • PSYED 2416 Applied Multivariate Analysis

      PSYED 2416 Applied Multivariate Analysis

      Course Description

      This course will emphasize understanding, implementation, and interpretation of multivariate statistical methods.  The course will involve both lecture and lab work. These methods are manova, mancova, profile analysis, doubly manova, discriminant function analysis, logistic regression, principal components and factor analysis. SPSS will be emphasized with an introduction to SAS.

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    Summer Term

    Research paper with faculty guidance.

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    Term 2

    Fall Term

    A continued study in critical thinking and research methods.

    Sample Courses

    • CMU 0894 Research Methods Behavioral Science

      CMU 0894 Research Methods Behavioral Science

    • BORG 3005 Innovation in Organizational Change

      BORG 3005 Innovation in Organizational Change

      Course Description

      This seminar focuses on individual-level and team-level behaviors aimed at innovation and change in organizations.  We will be exploring topics such as employee voice and proactive behaviors, team diversity and innovation, innovation implementation, creativity, and barriers to change in organizations.  The purpose of this course is to examine theory and empirical research in these areas in order to help you to develop skills in developing conceptual models and research questions, as well as understanding, critiquing, and extending theory and research published in top academic journals.  Each week we will cover a topic in depth, review a selected set of readings, discuss critical issues relating to theory and research methods, and discuss ways to extend conceptual and empirical models.

    • CMU 0702 Behavioral Economics

      CMU 0702 Behavioral Economics

      Course Description

      This is a PhD-level course on behavioral economics – the application of psychological research and theory to economic analysis. The course focuses exclusively on aspects of behavioral economics involving choice/utility and not on phenomena relating to judgment such as probability judgments, Bayesian updating, and so on.

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    Spring Term

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

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    • BUSADM 3021 Behavioral Science Research Practicum

      BUSADM 3021 Behavioral Science Research Practicum

      Course Description

      The primary objective of this course is to provide a hands-on experience in the development, design and execution of rigorous behavioral science research. Students will be asked to design and execute a theory-based research project.  We will explore a variety of different methodological approaches and discuss the fit between students' specific research questions and different techniques. Our goal is two-fold: (1) to help students develop a sophisticated understanding for what constitutes rigorous research within the field; and (2) to coach students through the research process in order to create a high-quality empirical paper for publication.

    • PSYED 3417 Structural Equation Modeling

      PSYED 3417 Structural Equation Modeling

      Course Description

      This course will introduce structural equation modeling (SEM).  Some fundamental materials necessary for SEM will be reviewed; i.e. Matrix algebra, covariance algebra, multiple regression; and factor analysis.  SEM is a family of techniques.  Some of the different SEM techniques that will be discussed include path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, general SEM, and mediation/moderation models.  Advance SEM techniques will also be discussed, e.g. Mean and covariance SEM, latent growth curve models, multi-sample/multi-group SEM, dealing with missing and non-normal data, and mixture modeling.

    • CMU 0891 Special Topics in Organizational Behavior Theory

      CMU 0891 Special Topics in Organizational Behavior Theory

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    Summer Term

    A comprehensive independent study.

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    Term 3

    Fall, Spring, & Summer

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    Credits

    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 Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Organization Science.

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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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