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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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“My interest in statistical techniques led to independent study credits and eventually PhD studies  and research in which I’ve worked with Olin professors.”

Taylor Bentley, PhD, Marketing 2015
 

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“An outcome of pursuing my PhD at Olin Business School is my enhanced ability to generate new and exciting areas for future research.”
 
Joshua Lee, PhD, Accounting 2014
 

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“I’ve had the honor of co-authoring several papers with my professors, who have encouraged me to think creatively and develop my own ideas and economic institutions.”
 
Fang Liu, PhD, Finance 2014
 

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“The character of the faculty has strengthened my aspiration to have a career based on excellence and integrity. Overall, the doctoral program in finance at Olin has helped me become a better researcher and scholar.”
 
Fernando Lopez, PhD, Finance 2014
 

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“Olin’s PhD curriculum provides me with opportunities to broaden my knowledge base through courses in diverse and highly-related disciplines.”
 
Mike Mingcheng Wei, PhD, Operations & Manufacturing Management 2014
 

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“Motivated by my previous consulting project, I am collaborating with professors on my current research, which investigates rebate contracts.”
 
Yixuan Xiao, PhD, Operations & Manufacturing Management 2014
 

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“As a teaching assistant in Olin’s PhD program, I’ve been able to mirror professors’ academic approach and contribute to the eagerness of business students.”
 
Yueshan Yu, PhD, Operations and Manufacturing Management 2014

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“My dissertation focuses on theoretical modeling and empirical industrial organization. Collaborating with faculty brings a spirited exchange and type of interaction that will benefit me throughout my future academic career.”
 
Fan Zhang, PhD, Marketing 2015
 

PhD

A PhD in business from Washington University provides a strong background in basic disciplines, giving you the tools you'll need to pursue engaging research and a successful academic career. 

James talks about critical thinking Washington University’s Olin Business School is one of the nation’s leading research institutions, with a faculty whose research productivity consistently ranks among the highest in the business school community. Olin faculty members are recognized the world over for their important contributions to the creation of new knowledge. We also take great pride in our commitment to excellence in teaching.

Our PhD students are guided by highly productive researchers who are among the nation’s top scholars. Faculty work closely with students to help them hone their research skills, often building one-on-one mentoring relationships that include co-authoring research papers.


Development of strong problem-solving skills equips our students to strategically address complex, unstructured business issues that result in innovative thinking and new ideas for research that have value to the academic community and application in the business world.

Concentrations
Accounting Courses
Business Economics Courses
Finance Courses
Marketing Courses
Operations & Manufacturing Management Courses
Organizational Behavior Courses
Strategy Courses

Olin’s PhD program in business provides:
  • Challenging core curriculum and a strong background in basic disciplines
  • Emphasis on collaborative relationships between faculty and students, which enhances the education process and the search for your first faculty appointment.
  • Personalized advising for successful completion of PhD program requirements and a customized course of study that fits your particular area of interest.
  • Collegial network built on mutual respect and a shared school of thought. Olin faculty members promote one-on-one mentoring relationships, often partnering with students for research that leads to co-authoring papers.
  • A competitive edge in the business education market.

View placements of Olin Business School PhD graduates since 2007.



Anjan Thakor, Director of the PhD Program

A Message from the Director
Olin's PhD program combines the rigorous curriculum of a top-ranked university with the individual attention made possible by our limited enrollment. The program provides a strong background in basic disciplines and research methodologies, giving you the tools you will need to pursue a productive and engaging academic career.

Anjan Thakor, Director of Doctoral Programs and John E. Simon Professor of Finance