Clemson Graduate School

Clemson Graduate School


General Information

Degrees Offered


The PhD program in Management is designed to provide advanced education for students of outstanding ability who desire to pursue careers in academic research institutions. The coursework for the PhD in Management includes a rigorous set of intellectually stimulating and challenging scholarly methods, foundation, and advanced courses and seminars. In addition, the program requires successful passage of a comprehensive examination and successful completion of the doctoral dissertation. A variety of learning experiences are incorporated into the curriculum, including the development of conceptual frameworks and theories, qualitative case and empirical studies, field projects, and in-depth research. Before graduating, each student will (1) have presented, or had accepted for presentation, a paper before a professional or scientific society; or (2) have had an article published, or accepted for publication, in a refereed journal. In addition, each student will have classroom teaching experience.

Within the Department of Management, PhD students have tremendous opportunities to conduct cross-disciplinary research between supply chain and operations management and information systems or with high-quality faculty in entrepreneurship and strategic management, as well as organizational behavior and human resources management. The goal is to position graduates for scholarly academic careers at colleges and universities throughout the United States and the world.

The PhD program in Management is designed for full-time students who remain on-campus during the entire duration of their study. Students may enter the program in the fall semester only (starting mid-August). Students with bachelor’s or master’s degrees in a business discipline can typically complete the program in four calendar years. Students with non-business degrees will need to complete background courses that may lengthen the program duration. Students entering the program must have completed undergraduate and/or graduate coursework in calculus and linear algebra.

To learn more about the program, please view this PDF about the program.

About the Program

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Janis Miller)

Application Requirements


Applications should be received no later than January 15. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date. Students interested in competing for University-wide recruiting fellowships (which are in addition to departmental graduate assistantships) must submit their complete packages as early as December 1.

An interview is also required unless it is considered infeasible by the Department of Management’s graduate programs committee. A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but if it is not practical, a telephone interview is also acceptable. Interviews will be arranged by the graduate programs committee and conducted by faculty members active in the respective area of interest.

The admission decision is based on all information in the applicant’s file, including the personal interview. In general, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program are expected to have a master’s degree (with at least a 3.5 grade point average in their Masters Degree work) and score at or above the 75th percentile in each section of the GMAT (quantitative and verbal) or GRE (analytical, quantitative, and verbal). However, recent admissions have been highly competitive with GMAT or GRE scores above the 85th percentile. The department tries to communicate admissions decisions to students by March 15.

Required Documents

For additional information, please contact the program coordinator (Janis Miller)

Financial Aid

To see the proposed Graduate Tuition Rates for this academic year, click here.

The School or Program offers a number of graduate assistantships to students each year based on merit. These are offered in the form of stipends and the additional benefit of tuition remission. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester to qualify for a graduate assistantship and must work a minimum of 10 hours a week as a teaching or research assistant or perform other tasks assigned by the School or Program.

The Department offers financial assistance packages to most doctoral students in the form of graduate research or teaching assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships provide a generous stipend plus a significant reduction of tuition and fees. PhD students may be offered assistantships for four or five years (depending on their background) subject to an annual evaluation of satisfactory progress. In addition, applicants may qualify for numerous University-wide recruiting fellowships.

Course of Study

Program of Study

The program is designed for full-time students who remain on campus during the entire duration of their study. Students can enter the program only in the fall semester (starting in mid-August). Students with Bachelor’s or Master’s degrees in business can typically complete the program in four calendar years. Students with non-business degrees will need to complete background courses that may lengthen the duration of the program. Students entering the PhD program must have completed undergraduate or graduate course work in calculus.

Before applying for graduation, each student must either (a) have presented, or had accepted for presentation, a paper before a professional or scientific society or (b) have had an article published, or accepted for publication, in a refereed journal. In addition, each student must have classroom teaching experience.

Formal Coursework: Formal course work leading to the dissertation stage of the PhD program is divided up into the Scholarly Methods Courses, Foundation Courses, and Advanced Courses. Students are expected to complete all course work and pass the Comprehensive Examination within the first three academic years. In addition, the student is required to complete Doctoral Dissertation Research.

Scholarly Methods and Teaching Courses: The scholarly methods courses address several issues. First, the courses are designed to expose the student to the process of social science research and key methodological issues encountered in management research. Second, the courses are designed to provide in-depth understanding of gathering data through experiments, surveys, participant observation, as well as secondary data sources. Thirdly, the courses provide statistical methods for analyzing and interpreting the data statistically. The courses to be taken are approved by the student’s dissertation committee. Finally, each doctoral student is required to complete a course on College Teaching.

Foundation and Advanced Courses: A minimum number of foundation and advanced courses are required, including Department seminars. A broad spectrum of course offerings are available depending on the student’s research interests. Each doctoral student works closely with an Advisory Committee to jointly develop a program of study designed to meet the student’s objectives and the requirements of his/her area of interest. Each program of study is tailored to suit the individual needs and career goals of the student.

Dissertation Research:Prior to graduation, the student must complete a required number of credit hours of MGT 991 Doctoral Dissertation Research, a pass/fail course.

Current Program


The Department of Management has a dedicated Manufacturing Management Laboratory that provides access to industrial manufacturing resource planning software. The mission of the laboratory is to promote operations management by attracting talented students to the field and uniquely preparing them for career challenges in the profession. This is accomplished through active learning involving modern principles of manufacturing management, leading-edge enterprise resource planning software, teamwork and leadership.

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