A research-oriented PhD program in which you’ll develop from an academic apprentice into an academic scholar under the guidance of top-flight faculty.

At the Lubar College of Business, successfully completing the PhD under an “apprenticeship” model will be extremely rewarding to your career as a scholar. This STEM-designated program will provide the independent research skills you need to keep yourself at the leading edge of scholarship and to prepare you for success in academia or a research-related career. Also, you will develop relationships with your faculty and other PhD students that will last for years to come.

In addition to your doctoral coursework, you will have the opportunity to gain cutting-edge knowledge at the Lubar College’s research colloquia, present your own research, have informal discussions with faculty, work with others on research projects, and interact with other PhD students.

Program Type


Program Format

On Campus

Important Dates
Thurs. Feb. 1st, 2024: Application deadline

A Top Research University

UWM is one of the nation’s leading research universities as recognized by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UWM has earned the coveted “R1” status from the Carnegie Classification, reflecting a “doctoral university with the Highest Research Activity.”

A view of the iconic water fountain on the beautiful UWM campus.

Our PhD students come to us from a variety of educational backgrounds, such as Business, Engineering, Statistics, Software, the Sciences, Psychology, Economics, and Liberal Arts.

In the program, students specialize in one of five different majors: Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Organizations & Strategic Management, and Supply Chain & Operations Management.

Our doctoral graduates have been placed in high-quality schools, including the Purdue University (Management Information Systems), University of North Carolina-Charlotte (Marketing), Arizona State University (Management Information Systems), Georgia State University (Management Information Systems), University of Notre Dame (Supply Chain & Operations Management), Concordia University, Montreal (Organizations & Strategic Management), Syracuse University (Management Information Systems), University of Texas at El Paso (Marketing), New Mexico State University (Marketing), University of Central Florida (Marketing), Northern Illinois University (Supply Chain & Operations Management), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (Finance), University of Toledo (Management Information Systems), and University of Texas-Arlington (Management Information Systems). Alumni of our program publish papers in top research journals.

Dr. Amit Bhatnagar
Director, PhD Program
Professor, Marketing
Lubar Hall N387