PhD in Business Administration: Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management Emphasis
Research in Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management
The UIC PhD in Business Administration with an area of emphasis in Organizational Behavior & Human Resource Management provides its students with the opportunity to explore a variety of topics within the disciplines of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Organizational Behavior (OB). Our doctoral program places primary emphasis on the development of OB and HR students who are well versed in contemporary research and to communicate their work as educators and published experts in their fields. Students in the doctoral program are required to commit full-time attention to our program; part-time enrollment is not allowed. Completion of the program requires a full-time commitment for 4-5 years.
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Admission is competitive and applicants are considered on an individual basis. The college considers applications for full time degree seeking status for the Fall term only. The deadline to submit the application, fee and required materials is January 15. Please see the admissions section of our catalog for application requirements.
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Learn more about the program requirements.
Minimum Semester Hours Required: 96 from the baccalaureate, 64 from the MBA
Course Work: Two-course requirement in mathematics, statistics, or computing; a four-course breadth requirement (four MBA core courses, no two of which are from the same functional area and none of which is from the area of inquiry); and a six-course depth requirement (advanced courses, at least two of which are sufficiently rigorous to provide the basis for the qualifying exam). Following the qualifying exam, additional course requirements are determined by the student’s adviser.
Qualifying Examination: A written exam, based upon courses used for the student’s depth requirement, is required and will be administered by faculty in the student’s area of inquiry.
Preliminary Examination: A written and/or oral exam, addressing advanced material in the area of inquiry and/or the student’s plans for dissertation research, is required.
Dissertation: The PhD dissertation is the capstone of our doctoral education program, and is pursued after successful completion of the preliminary exam. The dissertation signifies individual competence as a researcher, and, as a public document, represents the researcher to his or her professional peers.
For a full list of both degree and admissions requirements, please visit the UIC Catalog.
Program Timetable Example
Fall: MGMT 573 (Research Methods) or MGMT 576 (Seminar in Organizational Behavior) statistics/methods course; Elective seminar (MGMT 587or 589), or a seminar from another department/college; generate idea for qualifying paper
Spring: MGMT 575 (Seminar in HR) and/or Elective seminar (MGMT 587or 589), or a seminar from another department/college statistics/methods course; begin conducting qualifying paper research
Fall: MGMT 573 (Research Methods) or MGMT 576 (Seminar in Organizational Behavior) statistics/methods course; elective seminar (MGMT 587or 589), or a seminar from another department/college; work on qualifying paper
Spring: MGMT 575 (Seminar in HR) and/or elective seminar (MGMT 587or 589), or a seminar from another department/college statistics/methods course; complete and present qualifying paper
Fall: Take preliminary exam; teach one course
Spring: Dissertation proposal defense; teach one course
Fall: Dissertation; teach one course
Spring: Dissertation (continue into year 5 if required); teach one course
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Robert C. Liden
John Wiley Lynch
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Small and Interactive
We keep the size of our program small so that we can provide a highly customized program with extensive student-faculty interaction. This means that we only admit 1-3 new students per year, with a total of 8-12 students in our program at any point in time. Although our minimum GMAT requirement is 550, the average GMAT of incoming students over the past 8 years has been 690. We also consider grades and courses taken as well as the quality of schools attended for undergraduate and master’s degrees. Finally, we consider applicant research interests relative to the expertise of our faculty. Although most of our applicants have master’s degrees, it is not required to have a master’s degree in order to be considered for our doctoral program.
PhD Research Partnerships with Faculty
We have developed a strong research culture, with students working with faculty and/or other students on numerous research projects. Nearly all of our students graduate with several peer-reviewed journal publications to their credit.
Strong Research Focus
Our program is highly focused on research. Students are required to take seminars on OB, HR, research methods, statistics and electives from our department as well as other departments on campus, such as psychology, sociology and educational psychology.
Our program is highly visible internationally. Robert Liden is the former president of the Organizational Behavior Division of the Academy of Management. Professor Sandy Wayne served recently as president of the Human Resource Management Division of the AOM and is now an acting representative on the AOM Board of Governors.
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- Arjun Mitra, California State University at Los Angeles.
- Eric Michel, Northern Illinois University
- Jarvis Smallfield, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Post Doc
- Siting Wang, Hong Kong Baptist Universit
- Bingqing Wu, Univeristy of Wisconsin, Parkside
2018 No placements
- Junfeng Wu, University of Texas at Dallas
- Courtney Masterson University of San Francisco
- Jeremy Meuser, Texas Tech University
- Haesang Park, Tulane University
- Aarn Cao, Renmin University
- Chenwei Liao, Michigan State University
- Dayo Akinlade, PhD ’13, St. Xavier University
- Morgan Wilson, Mount St. Mary’s University
Jasmine Hu, University of Notre Dame
- Smriti Anand, Illinois Institute of Technology
- Grace Lemmon, DePaul University
- Brian Glibkowski, Stonehill College, Mass.
- David Henderson, Cass School of Business, London
- Prajya Vidyarthi, University of Texas-El Paso
- Anjali Chaudhry, Dominican University, Chicago
- Hao Zhou, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Selena Yuan, Foresight International, Inc.
- Jesus Bravo, Arizona State University Polytechnic Campus
- Monica Gavino, St. Xavier University
- Gary Vanderlinden, Geminus Corp.
- George Meier, Robert Morris College
- Peter Thompson, UIC
- Patrick Murphy, DePaul University
Andy Klein, DeVry University
- Karen Anderson, Robert Morris College
- Lisa Bradway, Texas A & M
- Berrin Erdogan, Portland State University
- Maria Kraimer, University of Iowa
- Ray Sparrowe, Washington University
- Chris Leeds, Dominican University of California
- Rob Singh, Morgan State University
- Marjolijn Van der Velde, Davenport University
- Susan Murphy, California Lutheran University
- Ken Weidner, Saint Joseph’s University (Pennsylvania)
- Janet Szumal, Human Synergistics
- Ralph Masi, Pentagon
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Learn more about our program through our current students. Read about their backgrounds and see their current research interests. Click here to see all of our current doctoral students.