Why a PhD?
A PhD is designed for those who are curious about the world around them and who want to contribute new knowledge, new ideas to business management. As a thought leader, you can influence the way people think and how businesses are managed through your teaching and research. If an academic career is something you are interested in pursuing, the Kellogg School of Management wants to help you get there. We will give you the tools you will need to launch your research career as a professor.
Is a PhD for You?
Here are some resources that can help you decide:
What is a PhD?
from The PhD ProjectPhDs in Business: Working at the Frontiers of New Knowledge (PDF)
A handout, geared toward NU students, which explains the process of getting a PhD through what to expect when looking for tenure. Non-NU students will certainly learn something too!
Kellogg PhD's Frequently Asked Questions
A list of the most common questions and answers for admissions, student life, and more!Academic Entrepreneurs
from Kellogg World
An article on Kellogg's PhD Program that discusses the roles doctoral students have within Kellogg as researchers and instructors, and how students interact with faculty. The Road Less Traveled
from Kellogg World
Doctoral students and recent graduates share their personal experiences about pursuing a PhD degree at Kellogg, as well as addressing the personal and professional rewards a PhD degree can offer.
Myths and Facts about Doctoral Studies from Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society serving the business programs accredited by AACSB.
Becoming a Business Professor from the AACSB
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) provides accreditation of business school degree programs and is a force in advancing management education.
A website powered by AACSB International that provides information to those interested in pursuing an undergraduate, masters/MBA, or doctorate degree at a business school. Selected articles:
Is There a Doctorate in the House from Beta Gamma Sigma?
Professional and educational business excellence is threatened by a business PhD shortage. There are too few individuals working toward a doctorate in business to cover all the predicted openings in the future.
DocNet is an organization of universities granting doctoral degrees in business administration and economics. Its purpose is to promote doctoral education in business throughout the world. The organization educates potential students about careers in academia and engages in a variety of recruiting strategies aimed at increasing the pool of qualified applicants for doctoral-granting institutions. Each year DocNet hosts several doctorate in business information sessions that are open to the public. The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University is a member of DocNet.
The PhD Project
The PhD Project is an independent organization created to increase the diversity of business school faculty by attracting African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans to business doctoral programs and provide a network of peer support throughout the disciplines. Additionally, the PhD Project introduces prospective applicants to doctoral program representatives through a conference in Chicago each November. Part of the conference agenda is a recruiting fair where prospective applicants and business school representatives meet. A conference application is available through the PhD Project.
Considering a PhD?
The Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science hosted a joint recruiting program on Northwestern's campus. The panel discussion and question/answer session was videotaped and is available for viewing: [Video]
The accompanying handout is available below:
PhDs in Business: Working at the Frontiers of New Knowledge (PDF)
We would like to thank our panelists for their participation:
Kellogg School of Management
David Austen-Smith, Former Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, Peter G. Peterson Professor of Corporate Ethics, Professor of Political Sciences and Economics
David Dubois, Doctoral Student, Marketing
McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science
Rich Lueptow, Senior Associate Dean for Operations and Research, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Bruce Lindvall, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies
Patrick Ryan, Doctoral Student, Chemical and Biological Engineering