University of California, Riverside

Anderson Graduate School of Management

Management Concentration

Management Concentration

(Currently admitting applicants to the Management PhD program for Fall 2019.)

The Ph. D. program in Management prepares students for an academic career researching and teaching in organization behavior and strategy. As a Ph. D. student in Management, you will be working with faculty who are outstanding researchers publishing in the very best journals in the field, and who have considerable experience successfully advising doctoral students.

Our faculty in Management conduct research on a wide variety of management topics, at the macro, meso, and micro levels, from organizational behavior, judgment and decision-making, human resource management, behavioral strategy, corporate strategy, and organization theory. We conduct our research using diverse methodologies: statistical and econometric analyses of large-sample datasets; machine learning models on big data; laboratory experiments and surveys; and agent-based modeling. More information on our Management faculty, their research, and publications can be found here. Applications to the Ph.D. program in Management are now being accepted for the 2019/20 academic year: Apply Here. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019.

See the following links for the admissions requirements for the School of Business: Ph.D. Admissions; and for general UCR admissions requirements: domestic applicants and international applicants. For the Ph.D. program in Management we expect a GMAT score of at least 650.

Program Outline

The following is a brief overview of the Ph.D. program in Management and its requirements. More details can be found in the Ph.D. handbook. The expected time to completion of the program is four years. A student’s duration in the program will be devoted to research, core curriculum coursework, and teaching assistantships, if applicable, in roughly the following sequence of three phases:
  1. Beginning research with supervision, core curriculum coursework, and teaching assistantship, if applicable.
  2. Continuing research, qualifying examination, and advancement to candidacy.
  3. Final dissertation research, including data collection and write up, and defense of the dissertation.


Research is an integral part of the entire Ph.D. program. All students are required to begin research in Year 1 by writing a first-year research paper, and are expected to be engaged in research throughout the program culminating in the dissertation research. In addition, what distinguishes our PhD program is that students collaborate on research with faculty right from the beginning of the program.

Course Work

In your first two years in the program, students are required to complete five research methods courses from the list below, four field seminars in Management and field colloquia as offered, before taking a comprehensive exam during the spring quarter of their second year in the program. In addition, students are required to complete three basic discipline courses from outside the business school and four elective courses from a list of approved elective courses. Students also attend and interact with top professors in the field of management presenting during our weekly research seminars (field colloquia).

Dissertation Research

When all requirements are completed, students take their oral qualifying exam, which is a defense of the dissertation proposal. The dissertation culminates the student’s academic endeavors. Of substantial magnitude, the dissertation should make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge in management. It should be of sufficient originality and quality to merit publication, either in whole or in part, in top-tier professional journals. A candidate for the Ph.D. degree will defend his or her dissertation in a public, oral presentation at a time announced to members of the University community. Upon the candidate’s successful defense of the dissertation, the Ph.D. Dissertation Committee will make a recommendation to the Graduate Division that the Ph.D. degree be conferred.

Teaching Experience

Students are requested to serve as Teaching Assistants (TAs) for 1-2 quarters each year starting with Year 2. They work with faculty members in the undergraduate classes by reading and grading assignments, preparing examinations, and conducting laboratory sessions. Students are usually not assigned TA duties during Year 1. Students supported by fellowships are not assigned TA duties until they terminate their fellowship.

Management Field Seminars

  • MGT 289A Micro Organizational Theory
  • MGT 289B Macro Organizational Theory
  • MGT 289C Strategic Management
  • MGT 289D Designing Organizational Theory

List of Research Methods Courses

  • ECON 205A Econometric Methods I
  • ECON 205B Econometric Methods II
  • ECON 205C Econometric Methods III
  • ECON 244 Empirical Research Methods
  • PSYC 211 Statistical Inference
  • PSYC 212 Multiple Regression and Correlation Analysis
  • PSYC 213 Experimental Design and Analysis of Variance
  • PSYC 243 Multivariate Statistics
  • PSYC 259 Topics in Quantitative Methods
  • SOC 201A Research Perspectives: Quantitative Methods
  • SOC 201B Research Perspectives: Qualitative Methods
  • SOC 203A Descriptive and Multivariate Statistics
  • SOC 205 Categorical and Survival Data Analysis
  • SOC 203B Multi-equation and Measurement models
  • STAT 203A Bayesian Statistics I
  • STAT 203B Bayesian Statistics II
  • STAT 205 Discrete Data Analysis
  • STAT 206 Statistical Computing
  • STAT 207 Advanced Statistical Computing
  • STAT 208 Statistical Data Mining Methods
  • STAT 204A Advanced Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • STAT 204B Advanced Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • STAT 220A Multivariate Analysis
  • STAT 220B Multivariate Analysis
  • STAT 230 Sampling Theory
  • CS 235 Data Mining Techniques
  • CS 229 Machine Learning

For More Information

Please contact Dr. Marlo Raveendran
Anderson Hall 0233
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
(951) 827‑6192

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

The A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management

Graduate Programs Office
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Tel: (951) 827-6200
Fax: (951) 827-2055