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PhD in Management


The purpose of this posting is to set forth and explain the policies and procedures followed by the Rucks Department of Management in admitting and serving graduate students. It also includes certain Graduate School requirements which apply to all departments. The information D3A_3827_web.jpgcontained here is not designed to supplant the LSU Graduate Catalog, and students are responsible for knowing current Catalog rules and regulations, especially various calendar deadlines.

The following has been written for the benefit of those desiring either a minor or major in management. As departmental requirements and practices change, this posting will be revised periodically to reflect those changes.

The program’s many strengths include:
  • A limited and selective enrollment that provides students opportunities to develop personal and professional ties with faculty and fellow students;
  • Opportunities to work with faculty actively engaged in a wide range of on-going research projects, the results of which are regularly reported in leading social science journals;
  • Competitive funding for research and teaching assistantships. Students are also eligible for fellowships and other awards offered by the LSU Graduate school. To better develop research skills, students typically work with faculty as research assistants the first several years of the program. More senior students may also be given teaching responsibilities to develop their teaching skills. Financial support for research and travel to professional conferences;
    A culture of collegiality that encourages students to work with multiple faculty across fields;
  • Access to an extensive range of library resources, computerized and on-line databases, and statistical software for classroom applications and research;
  • Access to the cultural riches of Baton Rouge (the state capital) and nearby New Orleans;
  • Graduates typically accept employment at major colleges and universities in the US and abroad. Recent graduates have held positions at Auburn University, University of Alabama, Florida State University, Texas Tech University, Mississippi State University, the University of Wyoming, City University of Hong Kong, and Makerere University (Uganda), among others.

View PhD Program brochure here​​.

Philosophy and Intent

The PhD is the terminal degree awarded in business administration at Louisiana State University. As such, it is the highest degree that can be earned within the Rucks Department of Management. Consequently, individuals must demonstrate an extraordinary devotion to scholarship and exhibit a mastery of management concepts and theories to be considered candidates for the PhD. The application deadline is January 15.
The primary mission of the PhD in Business Administration with a major in management is to ​develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. All candidates are required to demonstrateManagement PhD students with Graduate Director, Jean McGuire, PhD, right
knowledge in the broad domain of management and in a focused area of concentration within management. The broad domain is represented by the management core. The focused area of concentration can be selected from either 1) organizational behavior/human resource management or 2) strategic management. 

Application and Additional Information A detailed description of the program, admission procedures, departmental faculty’s publications and interests, as well as core and elective coursework are available online at​. Inquiries and applications are welcome from individuals with a strong desire to excel in academic research and teaching; desired qualifications include a GMAT score of 600 or higher and strong academic credentials from previous courses of study. Applications received by January 15 will be given priority; consideration for available program spaces is on a rolling basis thereafter. 

Admission requirements are high achievement in prior degree programs (typically a 3.5 GPA or greater), a GMAT score of at least 600, and strong letters of recommendation and statement of purpose. Given the limited number of students admitted, meeting these requirements does not guarantee admission.

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