PhD in Strategic Management

Mentorship, Research, and Publications

We have an excellent history of doctoral student/faculty collaboration, which often results in articles published in top journals. Our faculty members develop relationships with our students that result in a research collaboration that often lasts well beyond the doctoral program experience. Visit our list of collaborative student/faculty published articles.


We are one of the best programs in the country with respect to our placements. We usually accept two new students per year so that we are able to give them a great deal of one-on-one faculty attention. Some of our alumni are now chaired professors at top schools including:  
  • Boston University
  • University of Southern California
  • Indiana University
  • Penn State Erie
  • Georgia Tech
  • Woodbury University
  • Babson College
  • Virginia Tech
  • Bucknell University


Year 1 Curriculum: Fall Term

An exploration of critical thinking.

BSPP 3013 Foundations of Strategy Research
BSPP 3019 PhD Seminar in Entrepreneurship
PSYED 2410 Applied Regression Analysis

Year 1 Curriculum: Spring and Summer Terms

A thorough examination of research methods.

BSPP 3012 Competitive Strategy
BSPP 3014 Research in Corporate Strategy
PSYED 3406 Hierarchical Linear Modeling
Research Methods Choice
BSPP 3011 Strategic Planning Systems
BSPP 3015 Workshop in Strategy: Summer Paper

Year 2 Curriculum: Fall Term

A continued study in critical thinking and research methods.

BSPP 3099 Readings in Strategic Planning
Research Methods Choice
Research Methods Choice

Year 2 Curriculum: Spring Term

A further dive into major concentrations, critical thinking, and research methods.

BSPP 3018 Theory Building in Management
Research Methods Choice
Research Methods Choice
BACC 2401 Financial Accounting

Year 2 Curriculum: Summer Term

A comprehensive independent study.

BSPP 3010 Independent Study in Strategy: Comprehensive Exam Registration

Year 3 Curriculum: Fall, Spring, and Summer Terms

Fully concentrated work on dissertation and service as teaching assistant.

BUSADM 3199 (9 Dissertation Credits)
FTDF 0000 Full-Time Dissertation Study

Years 4 and 5 Curriculum: All Terms

Teach and enter the job market to defend your dissertation.

FTDF 0000 Full-Time Dissertation Study


I love the doctoral program because the kind of mentorship I receive is above and beyond any kind of advising relationship I have ever had. I feel like I can go to my advisors about anything and everything, and that they will take the time to listen and give me feedback that is both kind and brutally honest. I don’t know what I would do without them, and I kind of want to be them when I grow up. 

Daniya Kamran Morley

PhD, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources

I selected Pitt for its reputation of rigorous training and culture of collaboration among students and faculty. I could not be more pleased with the level of faculty mentoring I receive. I have felt supported and appropriately challenged throughout my entire time at Pitt. I love Katz because of the people. The faculty, staff, and students all support each other and genuinely want each other to succeed.

Alex Vandenberg

PhD, Accounting