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Program Requirements

  • Complete 36 credit hours
  • Serve as a teaching or research assistant
  • Yearly paper presentation
  • Pass preliminary examination
  • Write and defend dissertation


Funding is available for up to five years, provided the student maintains satisfactory progress in the program. Funding beyond five years is up to the discretion of the department.

For more information, review our funding package.


The Strategic Management doctoral curriculum consists of 36 total credit hours completed over four-five years. The curriculum is broken down into four focus areas: major specialization, research methods (choose one), minor specialization, and managerial skills. Managerial skills courses may be waived for individuals who have completed equivalent master’s-level coursework. Please contact our Admissions Specialist for more information.

For detailed descriptions of the courses, please visit Purdue’s online Course Catalog.


Course Title


Capabilities, Vertical Alliances, and New Product Development


Corporate Strategy


Collaborative Strategy


Psycho-Cognitive Foundations of Strategy


Economic Perspective on Business Strategy


Analyses of Value Generation Versus Value Capture in Interfirm Partnerships


Strategic Human Capital and Entrepreneurship


Advanced Topics on Structure, Inter(intra)-firm organizational dynamics, and Innovation


Course Title


Probability and Statistics


Econometrics I


Econometrics II


Time Series Econometrics or Microeconometrics


Research methods topic (2)  

Choose from: Applied statistics, Economics, Analysis of Algorithms and Optimization


Course Title


Econometrics II


Time Series Econometrics




Seminar in Quantitative Methods in Management Research


Nonparametric Methods for Research


Design of Experiments


Time Series and Applications


Sampling and Survey Techniques


Applied Multivariate Analysis


Advanced Statistical Methodology


Mathematical Statistics I

  • To satisfy this requirement, students should complete 6 credit hours from related fields. Minors can be designed by students with help from their advisor.


Course Title


Financial Accounting


Financial Management


Marketing Management


Operations Management


Behavior in Organizations

Graduate Assistantship Appointments

Strategic Management PhD students will participate as a graduate research assistant (RA) or graduate teaching assistant (TA) each semester for four years.

Graduate Research Assistant (RA)

RA roles involve a PhD student in a faculty research project.

Graduate Teaching Assistant (TA)

TA roles often begin with tasks such as grading and helping in computer lab sessions and progress to course delivery responsibilities. All students are required to teach at least one course during their time in the program.


Graduates of Purdue’s Strategic Management PhD program have gone on to secure placements at the following institutions:

  • University of Utah
  • University of Florida
  • Louisiana State
  • University of Hawaii
  • Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • Tilburg University
  • Hong Kong Baptist University
  • McMaster University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • University of New South Wales

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