Program Structure


2017 Joao Alexei

An Integrated Curriculum

The PhD program is structured in two phases:

Phase I

In the first two years, our students take at least 320 hours of courses and are thus thoroughly trained in the fundamental principles of management, the foundations of research methods, and in their specialization area. This phase provides the skills needed to produce research publishable in top academic journals. Typically, a student spends the entire first year and part of the second year with PhD level coursework. A comprehensive specialization exam at the end of the first year ensures that skills are acquired to advance to the thesis stage.

Typical Foundational Courses offered:

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Bayesian Methods
  • Econometrics
  • Experimental Methods
  • Microeconomics
  • Organization Theory
  • Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Research Methods
  • Statistics
  • Survey Methods
  • Theory of the Firm

Phase II

From the second year, the dissertation phase begins. Each student is supervised by one or several faculty members and develops theory and executes empirical studies in close relationship to them. 

 Areas of Specialization