Management PhD Program

Application deadline for Fall 2017: February 15, 2017

The internationally-recognized Department of Management at New Mexico State University offers a rigorous, research-focused Ph.D. program in management with specializations in organizational behavior, human resource management, strategy and policy, and operations management.

Our program – designed for individuals interested in pursuing academic careers in research and teaching – provides students with exceptional opportunities to collaborate with professors to produce cutting-edge research articles and presentations, gain classroom and online teaching experience, and develop expertise in their chosen interest areas through challenging coursework and mentorship from faculty experts.

NMSU’s management doctoral program prepares graduates to obtain top-quality faculty positions. Our students have received appointments at such institutions as the US Air Force Academy, University of Akron, University of Arkansas-Little Rock, Kent State University, Creighton University, East Carolina University, Western Michigan University, University of South Dakota, several of the California State University campuses, Texas Southern University, and Washington State University, among many others.

Our program requires full-time residential study and typically takes four years to complete. Program requirements include approximately 2.5 years of coursework, a qualifying examination, a comprehensive examination, and the successful completion of a doctoral dissertation. As with all research-based doctoral programs in management, admission to the NMSU management Ph.D. program is extremely competitive.

We typically admit anywhere from 1-3 students each year. Admission decisions take a number of factors into consideration, including GMAT or GRE scores (cannot be waived under any circumstance) and quality of and performance in prior undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as one’s motivation for management doctoral study, writing and critical thinking ability as demonstrated through a writing sample, and other personal and professional background experiences.

An especially important consideration in our admissions process is the fit between applicant research interests and the current work being done by our faculty members.

Otherwise very highly qualified applicants who do not share research interests with our management department faculty are unlikely to be admitted to the NMSU management doctoral program.

As such, it is highly recommended that applicants proactively reach out to prospective faculty mentors and discuss the potential for collaboration PRIOR TO APPLYING.

Admitted students are eligible to apply for graduate assistantship funding. Funded students serve as a teaching/research assistant to professors all 4 years of the program, and teach their own classes in years 2-4.

Please visit the links in the sidebar for more information, or feel free to contact me directly with inquiries or to express your interest in the NMSU Ph.D. in management program. The downloadable MGT PhD Recruitment Info document contains detailed program information and application instructions. We are excited about the possibility of you joining our learning community, and pursuing your dreams of becoming a business school professor!

William L. Smith, CPA, CGMA, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & MGT Ph.D. Program Director