This programme is designed to train students to acquire skills, knowledge, and competencies to conduct high quality research in the areas of strategic management and organisations. Prospective students can choose their research topics from a variety of subareas within the domains of strategic management and organisation theory, such as corporate and business strategy, innovation, technology management, entrepreneurship, and corporate governance. The programme provides rigorous training by faculty members regularly publishing in the top academic journals. This ensures that students will be well-equipped to start their academic careers as competent and independent researchers.
The “management” cluster (Strategy & Organisation, Organisation Behaviour) research output is ranked 12th in the world in the UT Dallas Ranking on research for 2015-2018.
Students are encouraged to complete the programme in 4 years.
The minimum duration of the programme is three years. Most students, however, are expected to take about four years to complete the programme. The maximum registration duration of the programme is five years, unless special approval for a longer duration is given by SMU.
The curriculum consists of
6 Foundation courses (6 course units)
2 Electives (2 course units)
4 Advanced Research Topics (ART) courses (4 course units)
The programme also requires the preparation and completion of a PhD Dissertation (28 course units).
Programme Schedule (Sample)
Term 1 (Aug – Nov)
Term 2 (Jan – Apr)
Term 3 (May – Aug)
Prepare Dissertation Proposal
Pass PhD Qualifying Exam
Form Dissertation Committee
Submit Written Dissertation Proposal
Oral Defence of Dissertation Proposal
(i) Submit written report of completed Dissertation Research
(ii) Oral defence of completed Dissertation
(i) Revise and/or re-submit Dissertation Report
(ii) Submit Approved Dissertation Report to LKCSB PGR Office
(iii) Dissertation Report from LKCSB PGR Office to GSO for approval
Undergraduate Bachelor’s degree
GRE or GMAT
Statement of Purpose
2 referee reports (Please download the referee’s report template)
Applicants must show proficiency in the English language. Applicants, whose undergraduate medium of instruction was not in English, are to sit for either TOEFL or IELTS.