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Chicago's Public Research University in the Heart of a World-Class Business City

The doctoral programs at UIC Liautaud build upon our stature as a Research 1 institution. Each day, our faculty researchers produce new knowledge for the global economy. Doctoral candidates have the opportunity to study with renowned experts in the fields of accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, information and decision sciences, management, marketing and strategy. 

 

Important Dates

International Applicants

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Funding

PhD students receive a tuition waiver and stipend for four years in exchange for work as a graduate research or teaching assistant provided they are making satisfactory progress towards obtaining their degree as determined by the Coordinator for their Area of Emphasis.

PhD in Business Administration

The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting allows for in-depth study of a variety of areas such as financial markets, auditing, executive compensation etc.  Students will work closely with faculty mentors and develop their own research program to better understand the role of accounting in firm decision making and in financial markets. The training will involve learning and using of state-of-the-art analytical and empirical/ archival approaches to understanding the informational role of accounting both within and outside a business entity. Students will actively engage in using such approaches to explore questions relating to the internal and external role of accounting information in different types of organizations. 

The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in HRM emphasizes organizational behavior through an examination of the psychological and sociological determinants of employee behavior in public and private sector organizational settings around the world. Students actively engage in empirical research designed to make theoretical advancements in the understanding of human behavior in organizations.

The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) is an advanced program in business analytics, business statistics, operations research or operations management. Students may combine study within these sub-areas.  Students are encouraged to take training in a second field, such as accounting, economics, finance, marketing, or MIS.  Students are trained in the use of state-of-the art computer software and, depending on individual interest, a combination of applied statistics, data analysis, econometrics, finance, operations management, and predictive analytics/data mining.

The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing allows for in-depth study of a variety of areas, including consumer behavior, international marketing, entrepreneurship, innovation and product development, interorganizational relationships, digital marketing, and  marketing strategy. Students work closely with faculty mentors and develop their own research program to better understand marketplace phenomena and generate new knowledge about marketing processes and buyer/seller behavior.

PhD in Management Information Systems

The PhD in Management Information Systems focuses on an interdisciplinary business understanding of the inter-relationship of technology and the behavior, structure, and function of the organization, as well as the effective use and control of information and computer systems by management. Both the technical aspects and the organizational impact of information management are assessed. Students work closely with faculty members with expertise at the cutting edge of modern MIS practices to ensure dynamic research and teaching possibilities in this field.