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A PhD in Management Program Designed to Facilitate Your Success

Whether you want to teach in academia or help companies solve critical management problems, our online PhD in Management program offers a path to greater credibility, influence, and impact.

Walden’s management PhD is designed with the dissertation process in mind. This program includes five distinct phases, each grounded in preparing you with the skills and confidence you need to successfully complete your dissertation.

A PhD in Management degree empowers working professionals to excel as researchers, leaders, and change-makers in both business and higher education settings.

Structured Support at Each Step

Get the tools and support you need to execute your dissertation with confidence and determination.

Two Degrees, One Program

Earn a second credential, a Master of Philosophy in Management (MPhil) degree, once you finish the required courses.

Personalize Your Research

Tailor the exploration and research in your specialization to your personal interests and passions.

Choose an Accredited Program

Our management PhD program is among the few accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Program Savings

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Specializations

21st Century Finance

Pursue original research and advanced knowledge in areas such as corporate finance and financial management.

Completion Program

Get one-on-one faculty support when you transfer eligible academic credits into our PhD in Management program.

Human Resource Management

Learn how to create solutions-oriented strategies for human resource initiatives across a variety of settings.

Information Systems Management

Explore an integrative approach to all aspects of organizations, including people, processes, technology, systems, and management.

Leadership and Organizational Strategy

Explore management theory as you develop alternative conceptualizations of management and create 21st-century leadership practices.

Organizational Design and Innovation

Explore the changes in organizational innovation agility and develop leadership strategies informed by design thinking.

Self-Designed

Choose courses from other specializations to create a path of study based on your individual goals and interests in management.

Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

An Online Management PhD Program That Prepares You to Make an Impact

In our PhD in Management program, you’ll not only learn how to consume knowledge more effectively but also how to create knowledge. Evolve beyond passive learning to achieve new levels of critical thinking that you can apply in your organization and field of interest. Become a scholar practitioner with the power to drive transformative change as a leader, educator, or consultant.

Meet Your Academic Team

  • Raghu Korrapati

    Raghu Korrapati

    Senior Core Faculty

    Dr. Korrapati, who joined the Walden faculty in 2000, has extensive academic and industrial experience leading the design, development, and implementation of business technology solutions. He is an elected fellow of the Institution of Engineers (FIE) and the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunications.

    Read Raghu's Bio

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this PhD in Management program 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.

Career Outlook

Whether you want to pursue a career in teaching, consulting, research, or executive leadership, a PhD in Management helps you achieve increased credibility. Earning this terminal degree demonstrates expertise in your field of interest as well as a lifelong commitment to learning.

The PhD in Management is a career differentiator in organizational consulting as well as in higher education, which often requires candidates to hold doctorates for credentialing and promotion. Business organizations continue to look for PhD-level critical thinking, conceptual framing, and research skills in candidates for executive leadership positions.

A PhD in Management can prepare you to pursue career options such as:2

  • College professor/instructor
  • Data scientist
  • Chief executive officer
  • Public administrator
Overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 

9%

through 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

A PhD in Management can prepare you to work in settings such as:

  • Colleges and universities
  • “Think tank” organizations
  • Research facilities
  • Entrepreneurial settings (e.g., consulting or brokered contract consulting)

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

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