PhD Program - Organizational Behavior
The PhD program in Organizational Behavior is a rigorous, four/five-year curriculum preparing well-trained scholars able to produce quality research at top academic institutions.
A main feature of the PHD program at UNC Kenan-Flagler is the emphasis on the close collaboration between PhD students and faculty.
The program is articulated in two parts:
The first two years are primarily devoted to course work and to the development of the theoretical and empirical tools necessary for producing high quality research. In the summer after the first year, students write an original research paper under the supervision of a chosen faculty member.
At the end of the second year, students take their comprehensive exam, covering all of the OB seminars encountered in the first two years of studies. The successful completion of the comprehensive exam marks the beginning of the second part of the program centered on the completion of the student’s dissertation.
Students spend much of the third year identifying and preparing, in collaboration with members of the faculty, their dissertation topic. Students obtain feedback on their research activities from their advisors, and through periodic presentations in research seminars open to the faculty and students.
In June of the third year, students are expected to formally defend their dissertation proposal. The remainder of the student’s time is spent finishing the dissertation, teaching one section of the OB core course and preparing for the job market.