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.

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.

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