Earning your PhD at the Questrom School of Business means becoming an integral part of a leading research institution, one that’s redefining the future of business every day.

If you’re ready for the Questrom PhD program, you’re ready to launch a career-defining, personal research agenda with support from faculty who become invested colleagues that want you to succeed. You’ll study in the heart of a thriving intellectual community, where there’s an undeniable entrepreneurial spirit, a passion for in-depth analysis and the expertise to make ideas a reality. That goes for Boston and BU.

Boston University, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. Situated in a global hub of innovation, our PhD students are challenged to ask meaningful questions about today’s most pressing business issues. What’s more, they dare to generate the insights that will help solve them.

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At Questrom, you’ll experience incredible freedom to engage in educational pursuit. You’ll deepen the intellectual rigor you need to advance cutting-edge academic research. You’ll acquire advanced knowledge of literature and theory in your academic discipline as well as the skills that are essential for publishing in leading academic journals. And you’ll do it in a collegial atmosphere where you’ll team up with world-renowned faculty and extraordinary scholars while benefiting from one another’s experience, expertise, and diversity. 

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When it comes to curriculum, we keep things flexible. You’ll develop individualized plans of study, based on your research interests and personal background, and have the ability to take courses that best support your academic goals. You can take those courses in all departments within Questrom, across BU, and at other top universities in the Boston area.

Our curriculum lends the capacity for learning and innovation in the face of rapid changes in the social, economic, technical and geopolitical contexts of business. This format develops graduates with advanced grounding in related disciplines. Graduates leave this program equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills and prepares them to join the faculty of leading universities.

The minimum course requirement for this 5 year degree program is 17 courses (48-64 credits). Research Methodology: 5 courses (20 credits). Major Area: 5 courses (20 credits). Minor Area: 5 Courses (20 credits). Research Methodology Courses (24 credits).

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From day one, you’ll collaborate with world-class faculty who are making outstanding contributions in their field of study, who act as mentors, and who share your research interests. It’s something we consider carefully during our admissions process: how your research focus fits with the work of our faculty. They’ll partner one-on-one with you, offering individualized attention to enable you to act as colleagues, seeking answers to critical management problems, ones that solve relevant organizational issues and consider the larger effects on our communities.

That’s what sets Questrom apart: an open atmosphere where we tackle the questions that matter most to you and our society—together— and from day one in the program.

Learn more about their work at Insights@Questrom, our digital hub for relevant, thought-provoking ideas on emerging business topics. We capture and collect ideas in a comprehensive, accessible format that highlights the extraordinary variety of thought at Questrom and at Boston University.

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Being in the PhD program at Questrom means diving into a vibrant community where collaboration—not competition—is the driving force. No matter the background, our PhD students come to us to push their knowledge and impact their field—and the people in it. Immersed in this tight-knit group of scholars, you’ll gain new insights from their diverse perspectives and backgrounds and stretch your own knowledge to reach new heights.

“My research focuses on topics in taxation, disclosure, and international trade policy. In particular, I study how tax-related corporate disclosures impact users of financial statement information, and my research in this area has been invited to present to the Securities and Exchange Commission.”

When you embark on your PhD experience, you truly become part of the department itself. You’ll gain personalized attention from professors and faculty who are revolutionizing business and have the potential to shape your career. You’ll also have the chance to engage in the many seminars and guest speaker events that we have on the agenda each year. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to maximize your BU experience by getting involved in the graduate student life through the Graduate Student Council. Joining Questrom’s PhD program means you join an environment rich with inspiration—and possibility.

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Doctoral Research

Questrom is ranked #30 in the 2023 UT-Dallas Top 100 Business Schools Research Rankings in North America. Our PhD scholars are committed to conducting research that uncovers valuable findings that will make an impact in our world.

Boston University is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), one of a select group of 62 leading research universities in the United States and Canada. We take that seriously. As a student in this program, you will have the opportunity to team up with leading faculty on projects like the following:

To learn about all PhD programs offered at Boston University, visit the PhD Program Profiles Website.

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Ready to apply? Once you’ve submitted your materials, we’ll start the review process. We’re happy to answer your questions along the way.

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