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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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​ON THE MARKET

“Olin has some of the best quantitative researchers in the field; all of whom truly care about student success. This is evident through collaboration and mentoring.”

Taylor Bentley, PhD, Marketing
 
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​ON THE MARKET

“My research is focused on the interplay between organizations and individuals in determining organizational performance.”

Timothy Gubler, PhD, Strategy
 

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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
 
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​ON THE MARKET

“For me, Olin has been an extensive framework of learning opportunities and a platform to nurture my appetite for research. A small program like ours is an ideal place to gain insights and be inspired by the opportunity of learning from one another – colleagues and faculties alike.”

Johan Maharjan, PhD, Finance
 

​ON THE MARKET

“From the moment I started at Olin, I felt supported and valued. Throughout my time here, the faculty have gone above and beyond my expectations to provide exceptional mentoring.”

Bret Sanner, PhD, Organizational Behavior
 

​ON THE MARKET

“From the beginning of my program, I have been encouraged to develop my own ideas to create a substantive research agenda that will benefit me throughout my academic career.”
 
Sudeep Sharma, PhD, Organizational Behavior
 

​ON THE MARKET

“Olin business school provides me with the training for scholarly excellence that is second to none. Its high faculty-to-student ratio enables me to immerse in academic collaboration and take initiatives in knowledge advancement.”

Suying Liu, PhD, Finance
 

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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
 

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