Advance as a researcher, educator, or executive leader with Walden’s management PhD program.

Chart your own path to a management PhD with Walden, the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees.1  Conduct original research in your area of interest to generate bold new insights, strategies, and best practices in the field. Build the next-level expertise, portfolio, and credentials you need to deepen your impact and drive your career further.

Why Pursue Your Online PhD in Management With Walden?

  • Learn from the No. 1 granter of doctoral research degrees:1 Our program is also one of only a few PhD-level programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
  • Choose a research topic that’s meaningful to you: With six specializations, this management PhD program allows you to conduct original research on issues you’re passionate about—not an assigned topic.
  • Receive dissertation guidance from day one: Develop essential research and writing skills. Benefit from integrated support during your program—so you’re well prepared to complete your dissertation.

PhD in Management Completion Option

If you have achieved all-but-dissertation (ABD) status in another institution of higher education’s PhD in Management program, there’s no need to start from scratch. Our program offers a completion option that allows you to pick up where you left off. You’ll benefit from integrated dissertation support to help ensure you reach the finish line. Learn more about this option now.

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This specialization is ideal for those who want to pursue original research and advanced knowledge in areas such as risk management, corporate social responsibility, and ethics in finance. Explore changing organizational structures, alternative financial currencies, mergers and acquisitions, and more.

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Shape Innovative Solutions Through Research

Immerse yourself in an exhilarating, self-directed learning experience with Walden’s PhD in Management program. Hone valuable critical thinking and research skills that empower you to shape real solutions to problems in the field. You’ll not only gain an elite career credential; you’ll build sought-after expertise that qualifies you for advanced career roles in teaching, R&D, and C-suite leadership.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of Walden’s online PhD in Management program, you will be prepared to:

  • Evaluate the evolution of the field of management and organizations and its influence on human and societal development.
  • Analyze key theories, concepts, and tools as they relate to the functioning of leadership and organizations.
  • Evaluate management and systems thinking principles that have influenced the development of organizations and societal systems.
  • Evaluate the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management and organizational change theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  • Demonstrate the skills needed to conduct research that contributes to positive social change.

What’s the Career Impact of Earning a PhD in Management?

Earning your doctorate is the ultimate intellectual achievement, elevating you to the highest level of proficiency in your field. PhDs are highly valued in teaching at the university level, and organizations seek candidates with advanced critical thinking and research skills for executive leadership positions.

Walden’s online PhD in Management program equips you with a solid foundation in research as well as contemporary knowledge of key management topics. Enhance your résumé with relevant expertise and hands-on experience that pave the way to new career opportunities—and a competitive salary.

What Can I Do With a Management PhD?

A PhD in Management degree can prepare you to work as a researcher, teacher, or high-level leader in a variety of organizations across all types of industries. Career options include:

  • College faculty
  • Chief people officer (CPO)
  • Chief research and development officer (CR&D)
  • Chief innovation officer (CIO)
  • Chief knowledge officer (CKO)
  • Information technology specialist
  • Artificial intelligence researcher specialist
  • Organizational research analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Business development manager
  • Competitive intelligence analyst
  • Quantitative financial analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Product manager
  • Management consultant

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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Become a Business Change Agent

Imagine the feeling when someone addresses you as “Dr.” for the first time. With Walden’s PhD in Management program, you can earn a distinctive credential that puts you in an elite group of business leaders, educators, and innovators. We’re here to support your success every step of the way. Get started today and find out how Walden can help you achieve your career goals.

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Testimonials

Denise Brewer

Denise Brewer

PhD in Management Graduate
Walden University has played a key role in my career by, first, really opening my eyes to the social responsibility that we have as human beings to make a difference.This mental shift has caused me to dig deeper within myself to find ways that I can be a champion for social change.
I am retired Army, but I hope my DBA will allow me a degree of leverage where employment will be feasible.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden was the opportunity to change my doctoral topic and delve deeper into the research previously conducted by scholars.
Alvin S. Perry DBA Graduate
Alvin Perry
Eric Sewell DBA Student
Eric Sewell
Ingrid M. Hayes-Burrell DBA Graduate
Ingrid Hayes-Burrell

1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Integrated Postsecondary Education Database (IPEDS). Retrieved July 2018; includes 2017 preliminary data and all classifications of instructional programs (CIP) codes. A doctoral research degree is a PhD or other doctoral degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include EdD, DMA, DBA, DSc, DA, DM, or others, as designated by the awarding institution.

2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.

Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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