The mission of the HBS Doctoral Programs is to educate scholars who make a difference in the world through rigorous academic research that influences practice.

We accomplish this mission through:

Driving Impact on Scholarship and Practice

  • Training students to produce innovative, rigorous, and relevant research
  • Helping students to become exemplary teachers at top-tier institutions of higher learning

    Building a Community of Scholars

  • Facilitating faculty, alumni, and student interactions
  • Encouraging students’ active engagement within a community of scholars

    “Our doctoral programs provide a close collaboration between HBS and other schools at Harvard University. HBS Doctoral students take classes across the University and carry out research with professors at HBS as well as leading scholars throughout Harvard, most commonly from the departments of economics, sociology and psychology.”

    — Professor Kathleen McGinn, Doctoral Programs Faculty Chair

    Our doctoral programs offer a wealth of advantages to anyone who chooses to pursue a career in business academia:

    • Our Faculty. Harvard faculty are distinguished leaders in their fields and world-class scholars who have had an impact on organizations and economies on every continent. As teachers, mentors, researchers, and co-authors to and with our doctoral students, faculty here and from across the University help create a truly collaborative and rich learning environment unique to HBS.
    • Our Commitment to Research. Each academic year, the faculty authors or co-authors about thirty-five books, and produces more than 300 academic papers.
    • Our Resource Network. Doctoral students have access to the extensive research facilities of HBS, Harvard University, and neighboring MIT.
    • Our Record of Placement. Our doctoral programs are recognized as a leader in educating faculty for business schools and universities throughout the world.

    All students are admitted for full-time degree programs, beginning in September. A minimum of two years in residence is required, and it is expected that students will complete their program in four to five years. Students typically spend two to two-and-a-half years on course work, and another two years on their dissertation. Students are not required to become a teaching or research assistant, nor are they required to write business cases.

    We invite you to experience the depth and breadth of our doctoral programs for yourself.