Management (PhD)

Program Overview

Binghamton University’s School of Management (SOM) doctoral program is a unique, interdisciplinary course of study that emphasizes theory and research methodology to prepare students for careers in academia as well as the public and private sectors.

The program boasts an intimate, collaborative 1:1 student-faculty ratio. Students work closely with faculty and have opportunities to co-author articles for leading academic journals and present research findings at professional conferences.

Students admitted to the doctoral program receive funding, in the combination of a full tuition scholarship and a teaching or research assistantship for a full academic year.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in Management

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

The PhD program is designed for full-time students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the non-departmentalized nature of the program and explore disciplines outside the School of Management. Depending on the individual specialization, students may take courses in economics, psychology, mathematics, sociology or other disciplines.

Students work with faculty to tailor their course of study to their specific interests. The dynamic curriculum includes courses in advanced quantitative and qualitative research methods, concentration areas, specialization electives, independent study credits and a pedagogy seminar.

After You Graduate

Ranked among the best business schools in the nation, Binghamton University's School of Management holds a strong reputation that continues to grow. Students are recruited by acclaimed companies in the industry, and doctoral alumni start their post-graduate careers in positions in academic institutions all over the world, including Rutgers University, Korea National Defense University, Ohio Northern University, Temple University, Warwick University (United Kingdom), San Diego State University, Lahore University (Pakistan), University of Illinois - Chicago, and Ithaca College.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

Please note that applications are not accepted in every concentration for every year. Before preparing your application, please contact the School of Management to ensure that your application is matched with your concentration of interest.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
    • An MBA or MS Accounting is desirable, but degrees in other fields do not preclude admission for exceptional applicants.
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale; minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Personal statement of 2 to 3 pages describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GMAT scores
    • Management PhD minimum score: 600

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • Management PhD minimum TOEFL iBT score: 100
    • Management PhD minimum TOEFL Essentials score: 10.5
    • Management PhD minimum IELTS score: 7.0
    • Management PhD minimum PTE Academic score: 68
    • Management PhD minimum Duolingo score: 120
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2023 application cycle.

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.


Degree Fall Spring
Management (PhD)February 1N/A

For more information, visit the Management website.