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Business and Management (BPHD)   

Program Title and Classification

Business and Management

Graduate Degree Program

College: Business


Founded in 1856, the University of Maryland is located on 1,250-acre suburban campus eight miles from Washington, D.C. and 35 miles from Baltimore. Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region offers unparalleled professional opportunities as well as a rich culture and recreational resources. This region is home to numerous federal agencies, universities, global corporations, and national and international nonprofit organizations. Robert H. Smith School of Business is one of 13 schools and colleges at the University of Maryland - one of the top-20 public research universities. This powerful combination makes Smith the ideal place to pursue a business doctoral degree.


The primary mission of Smith PhD is to produce individuals who will contribute to the discovery and dissemination of scientific knowledge through continued careers in research, publishing, and teaching at high quality research-oriented universities and research-oriented non-academic institutions throughout the world. In carrying out this mission, it is recognized that we operate in a knowledge-based economy that is being transformed by information technology.


We offer 9 fields of study, which require individual application:

  • Accounting and Information Assurance
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Managerial Economics
  • Marketing (Behavioral and Quantitative)
  • Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management
  • Operations Management/Management Science
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample(s) (optional)
  • Publications/Presentations (optional)

Prospective applicants may call (301) 405-2214 or email for information regarding the Ph.D. program.

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website:

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
3 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
3 Jan

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Doctoral students are required to complete 42 credits of coursework, in addition to 12 credits of BMGT 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Coursework is outlined as follows:

Major field courses: 18 credits

Research Tools courses: 12 credits

Minor field courses: 12 credits


Smith PhD is a full-time program designed to produce outstanding scholars in management-related disciplines. The primary goal is to place graduates in academic tenure-track faculty position at research academic institutions. Thus, a strong research philosophy pervades the entire program. The low student-to-faculty ratio fosters a high degree of interaction between faculty and students on research projects of mutual interest, frequently culminating in journal articles. Students whose career aspirations are congruent with the program's research orientation can look forward to a learning experience that is not only demanding but also stimulating and enriching.


Students should complete course work within 2 years of the program and sit for a qualifying or comprehensive exam (or both) within those 2 years. Course requirements total 42 credits. The exam will determine whether the student should continue in the program. Students must successfully pass their exams, paper requirements and complete all course work before they are eligible for advancement to candidacy. Students will complete 2 teaching requirements (as instructor) upon completion of course work. Additionally, students must propose their dissertation no later than May 31st of their fourth year, which designates the fifth year for the job market and completion of the dissertation. 


98% of our students receive funding from Smith PhD. Students not funded by the program are typically funded by government or military scholarships, which are guaranteed for five years. Applications are considered first for quality with the assumption that funding is required from Smith PhD. Only after rendering an admissions decision will funding be considered and evaluated. Information about financial support is located on our website

Graduates of the program have accepted positions at various academic institutions including: Boston College, College of William and Mary, Cornell University, Columbia University, Georgetown University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Indiana University, Instituto de Empresa (Madrid), Lehigh University, McGill University, National Taiwan University, National University of Singapore, Notre Dame, Penn State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Texas A & M University, University of Houston, University of California (Davis), University of California (Los Angeles), University of Southern California, University of Texas, University of Washington, University of Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt University. 

For more information about each field of study please visit the website.


Facilities and Special Resources

The Robert H. Smith School of Business offers a PhD Program Suite, where every student has access to office space and supplies. Students have access to software and research computing tools.

Financial Assistance

Financial support is available to doctoral students in the form of fellowships, graduate assistantships, and scholarships.



Smith Doctoral Programs

3330 Van Munching Hall

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: (301)405-2214

Fax: (301)314-9611


Associated Information




BMGT801-809 Information Systems

BMGT810-819 Accounting and Information Assurance

BMGT820-829 Cross Disciplinary Courses and Independent Studies

BMGT830-839 Operations Management/Management Science

BMGT840-849 Finance

BMGT850-859 Marketing

BMGT860-869 Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management

BMGT870-879 Strategic Management (Strategy and Entrepreneurship)

BMGT880-889 Supply Chain Management