UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Organizational Behavior PhD Program

The Organizational Behavior PhD program at UNC is a rigorous, four to five year program designed to train scholars to produce high quality research as faculty members at top universities. The PhD program is specifically designed for students who wish to become faculty members at research universities.

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Program Timeline

  • During the first two years of the UNC PhD program, students focus on course work to develop the tools necessary to produce high quality research. Upon entry, each student is assigned to a faculty member who acts as an advisor. This is only an initial pairing. These assignments may change over time as student interests change.
  • In the summer after the first year, each student writes an original research paper under the supervision of a faculty member.
  • By the end of the second year, students take their comprehensive exam. The exam consists of a written exam covering all of OB seminars taken in the first two years of the PhD program as well as the two research methods seminars.
  • After passing the comprehensive exam, students begin the second part of the program where they spend the majority of their time working on research in general and their dissertation in particular.
  • In the third year, students focus most of their time on their dissertation. During this process, students benefit from close collaboration with faculty members and students have the opportunity to present their research during faculty research seminars.
  • The rest of the PhD program is spent finishing the dissertation and preparing for the job market process.
  • Upon completion of the program, students are awarded a PhD in business administration.


UNC Organizational Behavior PhD graduates have gone on to tenure track positions at a wide variety of U.S. and international universities including:

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • George Mason University
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • National University of Singapore Business School
  • Notre Dame
  • Providence College
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas A&M
  • University College London
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Maryland
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Southern California
  • US Military Academy at West Point