The primary mission of the Rucks Department of Management’s graduate program is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and capable of conducting scholarly research. All PhD students are required to demonstrate knowledge in the broad domain of management and in an area of concentration within management. The area of concentration may be selected from either organizational behavior/human resource management (OB/HR) or strategic management.
Applications and supporting materials for all graduate study must be submitted through the online application site for the LSU Graduate School. Official transcripts, official test scores, and other materials that come from third-party sources must be mailed to: Graduate Student Services, 114 West David Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. These paper documents are stored electronically and departments have access to all materials submitted by and/or on behalf of a student applying to graduate study.
Applications for admission are received and evaluated by the department. Applicants must adhere to the application deadlines established by the Graduate School. The application deadline is January 15.
Individuals desiring admission to the PhD program must make formal application to the LSU Graduate School. The following documents should accompany all applications submitted to the Graduate School: transcript(s) of undergraduate study, transcript(s) of all graduate work, GMAT score, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score (if an international student) and a statement of purpose. If Graduate School criteria are met, these documents will be reviewed by the Department of Management’s PhD Policy and Admissions Committee for an admission recommendation. This recommendation will then be forwarded to the Graduate School. The statement of purpose should include:
- Career objectives and reasons for wanting to pursue a PhD;
- How the applicant’s academic or professional background has prepared him or her for PhD studies;
- Reasons for selecting the PhD in Management at LSU;
- To the extent possible, an outline of possible research interests;
- Any other information that may assist in the admission decision.
In general applicants should have successfully completed coursework equivalent to either the MBA or MS in Management. Students without graduate level studies in management may be required to complete additional coursework. In general, minimum admission requirements are a GPA of 3.5 in prior graduate work (or undergraduate work for applicants who have not completed graduate level coursework), and a score of 600 or above on the GMAT.
International students whose native language is not English must also submit an acceptable TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score.
Financial assistance is available to some students. Support may be available through the student’s home department or other units in the form of research or teaching assistantships. A student should contact his or her home department for more information on available assistantship positions. To ensure consideration for financial aid, all application materials should be submitted in accordance with the application deadline.
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Arthur G. Bedeian (M) • Organization design, employee behavior, management history
Jeremy Bernerth (6A) • Human Resource Management
Jeremy Mark Beus (6A) • Occupational safety, organizational climate, individual and team performance change, organizational socialization
Nathan Arnold Bragaw (6A) • Strategic decision making, corporate governance, executive and director labor markets
Timothy D. Chandler (M) • Collective bargaining in the public/private sectors, labor–management arbitration, negotiation
Thomas Greckhamer (M) • Organization theory, strategic management, international management, qualitative research methods
Jennifer Irwin (6A) • Strategic management
Robert T. Justis (M) • Strategic management, small business development, entrepreneurship
Blake Mathias (6A) • Entrepreneurship, family business
Jean B. McGuire (M) • Strategic management, international strategic management, corporate governance
Daniel Whitman (6A) • Teams, leadership, and personality
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