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
Building 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:
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.