PhD Program

PhD Program at Fordham University

The Gabelli School of Business PhD program offers highly qualified students a unique opportunity to study alongside leading scholars in the heart of Manhattan.

This full-time, research-intensive program provides the requisite empirical and theoretical skills necessary for students to become academic scholars. A specialized curriculum and faculty mentorship position students to contribute to business scholarship at the highest level.

A Foundation for Scholarship

The Gabelli School PhD is intended for individuals who envision themselves as researchers or faculty members at universities and other institutions around the world. PhD students complete coursework, pass a series of exams and, of course, propose, write, and defend a dissertation.

The program takes a structured, interdisciplinary approach to doctoral education to produce graduates with expert knowledge in a variety of fields. Upon admission, students select one of two interdisciplinary areas of focus:

  • Capital Markets
  • Strategy and Decision-Making

The Capital Markets focus combines the traditional aspects of economic theory with the quantitative rigor of finance and accounting. The Strategy and Decision-Making focus encompasses all aspects of the contemporary study of decision-making with theories of management, marketing, information systems, business ethics, business media, and operations.

Students in each focus complete specialized coursework and receive relevant professional skills training. Program graduates can expect to research and teach in multiple fields in the discipline.

PhD Program at Fordham University
Faculty mentors

Hands-on mentoring from faculty is essential to developing a strong research and teaching practice. Students meet regularly with the PhD program director to design a course of study to ensure satisfactory completion of the program. Students also work closely with faculty members on joint research projects and receive extensive pedagogical training. Dissertation committee members, external advisors, and course professors all provide additional mentorship throughout the program.

Funding and Post-Program Placement

Complete and partial funding is available to qualified candidates. A typical complete funding package includes tuition remission, a stipend, and healthcare. Funding decisions are competitive and are made as part of the admissions process.

Gabelli School PhD students receive extensive preparation before entering the academic job market. Regular contact with visiting scholars via coursework and seminars provides them with professional networks long in advance of graduation. Students also receive real experience and supervised support for funded professional activities such as conference attendance, paper presentation, article publication, and teaching techniques.


The New York Advantage

Studying business in the economic capital of New York City offers unparalleled advantages, and Fordham, as one of the city’s oldest universities in New York, has extensive connections that benefit PhD students.

In addition to longstanding partnerships with other leading New York-area universities, Fordham has a long history of intellectual exchange with New York financial institutions, many of which participate in Fordham Wall Street Council sessions.

Opportunities for PhD students include the availability of data sets, management interviews, natural experiments, and other support from corporate research departments.