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PhD in Management

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“Walden University is a unique institution graduating students who are ready to make the world a better place.”

Frank Boateng, PhD in Management Student


Walden’s PhD in Management, formerly the PhD in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, is one of the few PhD programs in management offered online. The program takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of management and its influence on the development of individuals and society. Students will conduct original research in a specific area of interest as they have the opportunity to learn theories, concepts, and techniques that provide the foundation for sound management decision making. Students will help prepare to meet the challenges and opportunities in their profession and their organization; study ways to facilitate positive social change; and help enhance their capabilities as a researcher, scholar, manager, or consultant.

The curriculum for the PhD in Management offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of management. Students may choose a specialization that fits a personal and/or career objective.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Articulate the evolution of the field of management and its relationship to human and societal development.
  2. Analyze various theories, concepts, and tools that seek to explain and provide the basis for management decision making.
  3. Evaluate management and systems-thinking principles at the core of the design and evolution of organizational and social systems.
  4. Appraise the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management theories and practices from an interdisciplinary and social-change perspective.
  5. Assess identified gaps in the current research literature in the field of management and in their chosen areas of specialization.
  6. Design efficacious and ethical research that addresses identified gaps in the body of knowledge in management and related sub-fields.
  7. Advance the body of knowledge through original research in the field of management and chosen areas of specialization via the application of a variety of appropriate methodology, design, and analysis methods.
  8. Communicate effectively to academic and general stakeholders the results of original research that advance the field of knowledge in management and chosen specializations and contribute to positive social change.

Degree Requirements

  • 86 quarter credits
  • Professional Development Plan and program of study 
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (20 cr.)
  • Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
  • Proposal, dissertation, and oral presentation (26 cr. [minimum requirement]–120 cr. [8-year maximum timeframe])*
  • Four residencies

*To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete an approved dissertation, which usually requires more than the minimum terms in the dissertation course shell.


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Course Sequence

The sequence of courses for this program is dependent upon the specialization. Please see the course sequence chart on each specialization page.

Doctoral Writing Assessment

Students who start their doctoral program at Walden University in 2016 will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment on a rolling basis. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level. For more information, click here.


Walden University’s PhD in Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading, specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.

Program Data

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