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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. 


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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

Emphasis in Human Resource Management

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. 

Emphasis in Marketing

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. 

Emphasis in Information and Decision Sciences

The PhD in Business Administration with an emphasis in IDS combines an advanced program in statistics and a variety of business applications including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, MIS, operations management, and real estate. Students develop expertise in a second field chosen from among these business applications. The training involves use of state-of-the-art computer hardware and software.

PhD in Management Information Systems

The PhD in Management Information Systems focuses on an interdisciplinary business understanding of how technology can affect an organization's behavior, structure, and function and on 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. Faculty on the cutting edge of modern MIS practices ensure dynamic research and teaching possibilities in this field.