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Ph.D. Program

Why a Doctoral Degree from the Rady School?

The Rady School Ph.D. program is committed to training intellectual and innovative scholars who will contribute to the advancement of management education and knowledge in the 21st century.

Our emphasis is on innovation, rigorous training and impactful research. Rady faculty are prominent scholars in the fields of finance, behavioral economics, innovation, technology and operations management, marketing, organizational strategy and psychology. The curriculum is designed to be extensive, flexible and personalized, in a self-directed research environment.

The Rady Ph.D. program builds upon UC San Diego’s reputation and lineage, which includes 16 Nobel Laureates (former and current faculty) and eight MacArthur Foundation award recipients. We invite you to discuss the opportunities offered by the Rady program with our expert faculty.

If you have any questions, please contact the Rady Ph.D. Graduate Coordinator at

There is a Shortage of Business Ph.D.s

Data from the AACSB indicates that the U.S. shortage of business Ph.D.s is expected to be over 1,000 in five years and nearly 2,500 in 10 years, both in the academic and corporate fields. Graduates with the right background, motivation, ability and training have the opportunity to become the next generation of professors at the world's elite business schools.

The Rady Ph.D. program combines faculty expertise, intimate size, strong interdisciplinary training and a desirable location for highly qualified doctoral candidates. The program has a strong research orientation, along with personal attention and mentoring from world-class faculty.

The program is a full-time course of study, designed primarily to prepare candidates for an academic career. Students begin active research at an early stage, working with faculty mentors throughout the program. Most students take four to five years to complete degree requirements and defend their dissertation (depending on the student’s background and progress). Academic and research interests include finance, marketing, management, economics and strategy, and innovation, technology and operations.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Rady School of Management’s Ph.D. program is to graduate intellectually rigorous and innovative researchers. Our Ph.D. program is committed to preparing scholars and professors for the world’s leading universities.

Learning Goals

  • A Rady School Ph.D. has mastered the analytical and methodological skills applicable to their area of specialization
  • A Rady School Ph.D. is able to critically evaluate extant research within their area of specialization
  • A Rady School Ph.D. is proficient in conducting original research in their field of specialization
  • A Rady School Ph.D. is an effective teacher