25 May 2016

Congratulations to the 22 HBS Doctoral Graduates!

On Thursday, May 26th, we will grant doctoral degrees to 22 doctoral graduates. The weather is forecasted to be near perfect with temperatures in the 80's, low humidity, and lots of sunshine. It has the makings of a great day to celebrate our graduating students and their accomplishments. In keeping with our mission of educating scholars who make a difference in the world, this group of students represents an amazing blend of intelligence, ingenuity, and commitment. We will miss each of these students for the contributions that they have made to our community and through their research. Research that spans a wide range of cutting edge work in fields such as employee-driven innovation to shareholder activism to gender differences in professional advancement. Each of these graduates has made a unique contribution to the world through their research and has earned their place as academic scholars.


The academic placements are impressive and include: NYU, Cornell, Chicago, USC, INSEAD, Kellogg, Wharton, and IESE. For more information about the academic placements of our graduates over the years, as well as their dissertation titles, can be found on our placement page. The remaining eight graduates have placed at prestigious firms around the globe. Demographically, 13 females and 9 males are graduating. Nine of the graduates are from outside the U.S.


As these students move on to the next chapter of their careers and lives, please join me in wishing them the warm sun on their faces, fair winds in their sails, and continued success in whatever they choose to do.


Congratulations to our 22 new doctoral graduates!

 
15 Mar 2016

The season of admitted students and decisions

This piece has two purposes: first, to tell you a bit about our admitted students; and, second, to give those of you who have offers some unsolicited advice.

The HBS doctoral programs admissions pool was very strong this year. Not only was the quality excellent, the total number of applications was up 12% over last year. Reflective of the high quality, we actually interviewed a higher percentage of the pool this year than in past years. In the end, we made offers to 4.4% of our applicants. Over our eight doctoral programs, 13 countries are represented, with 46% of the admitted students from non-U.S. countries. Additionally, 35% are U.S. minorities, 51% are female, and the average age is 26 years old. Nine of the admitted students hold at least one master’s degree.

Once again, we had a great pool of applicants. We’re looking forward to seeing our admitted students at the end of the month. So, now let's get to the unsolicited advice.

The general decision date of April 15 is just 5 weeks away. At this point, doctoral programs are making admissions decisions, planning for Admitted Student events, and recruiting you to accept their offer. As you think about your options, here are few more points to ponder. Doctoral admissions is different from other admissions processes. While we pay particular attention to past academic performance, research experience, and research interests, we also assess how an admitted student will fit into our research culture. In making admissions decisions, we are looking for the very best applicants who we believe will be highly successful in our programs.

For the student deciding on which offer to accept, the decision is a highly personal one. And, the fit between the student and the institution is a critical part of the equation. Admitted students should carefully weigh a number of important factors, such as faculty support for doctoral students, institutional resources available to doctoral students, and an overall sense of the scholarly community. In my opinion, one of the worst things that can happen is a student gets accepted to a top-tier program, accepts that offer, and then finds that they aren’t a great fit for the program or school. So, take the time to really evaluate the schools that have offered you admissions to ensure you will have a great experience as a student and as a scholar.

 
28 Sep 2015

New Academic Start & Admissions Season

The fall is a very busy time for the Doctoral Programs. In August, we welcomed  a new cohort of 17 students, an outstanding group of developing scholars from five continents who have embraced the HBS doctoral experience with great energy. We are all very pleased to have them on campus and to see each of them begin their academic journey. In September, the fall term began with all of the excitement that a new academic year creates, and the HBS doctoral admissions application opened for prospective students wishing to enter one of our eight programs starting in August 2016. For those of you thinking about applying to an HBS doctoral program, here are a few important dates.  First, the application deadline for our DBA programs, PHD in Business Economics program, and PHD in Organizational Behavior program is December 1, 2015. Applications for the PHD in Health Policy - Management are due December 15, 2015. 

Additionally, we will be attending a number of recruiting events in the coming months.  In October, we will attend the DocNet Consortium events at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD (on 10/12/15), Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA (on 10/13/15), and hosting an event at HBS on 10/14/15.  In November, we will be in St. Louis, MO at Washington University (on 11/17/15), at the University of Chicago on 11/18/15, and at the PHD Project Annual Meeting in Chicago on 11/19/15.  For more information, please check out this link. In addition to those events, HBS is hosting on-campus information sessions on 10/23/15 and 11/6/15.  This link will allow you to register for one of those information sessions.  I hope you can attend one of these many events to learn more about our programs and to introduce yourself to a member of the HBS Doctoral Programs team.

Once enrolled, our students engage in research that is rigorous, innovative, and relevant to practice.  Two of our students were recently recognized for their work:

Shelly Xin Li was awarded a 2015 AAA/Grant Thornton Doctoral Dissertation Award for Innovation in Accounting Education at the 2015 AAA Annual Meeting.

Hummy Song was named the winner of the 2015 INFORMS Health Application Society Best Student Paper Competition.

Congratulations to Shelly and Hummy for the well-deserved recognition.

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28 May 2015

Commencement

Commencement is upon us, and this is an exciting year for the Doctoral Programs Office as we are graduating 28 doctoral students this year across our 8 programs. This is one of the largest group of graduates our program has seen in our history, and we are thrilled to celebrate their success in reaching this pivotal milestone. These newly minted scholars will be conferred a special honor in a “hooding ceremony” for doctoral candidates during which a faculty member places the doctoral hood over the head of the graduate, signifying his or her success in completing the graduate program. In addition to completing the program, our graduates have accepted academic positions globally, including leading schools in North America,  the Middle East and Asia. These schools include, but are not limited to: Columbia Business School, Chicago Booth, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, New York University, and  the University of Southern California. Please join us in congratulating the next generation of thought leaders from HBS on their next steps in their academic journey. 

This piece has two purposes: first, to tell you a bit about our admitted students; and, second, to give those of you who have offers some unsolicited advice.

The HBS doctoral programs admissions pool was very strong this year. Not only was the quality excellent, the total number of applications was up 12% over last year. Reflective of the high quality, we actually interviewed a higher percentage of the pool this year than in past years. In the end, we made offers to 4.4% of our applicants. Over our eight doctoral programs, 13 countries are represented, with 46% of the admitted students from non-U.S. countries. Additionally, 35% are U.S. minorities, 51% are female, and the average age is 26 years old. Nine of the admitted students hold at least one masters degree.

Once again, we had a great pool of applicants. We're looking forward to seeing our admitted students at the end of the month. So, now let's get to the unsolicited advice.

The general decision date of April 15th is just over six weeks away. At this point, doctoral programs are making admissions decisions, planning for Admitted Student events, and recruiting you to accept their offer. As you think about your options, here are few more points to ponder. Doctoral admissions is different from other admissions processes. While we pay particular attention to past academic performance, research experience, and research interests, we also assess how an admitted student will fit into our research culture. In making admissions decisions, we are looking for the very best applicants who we believe will be highly successful in our programs.

For the student deciding on which offer to accept, the decision is a highly personal one. And, the fit between the student and the institution is a critical part of the equation. Admitted students should carefully weigh a number of important factors, such as faculty support for doctoral students, institutional resources available to doctoral students, and an overall sense of the scholarly community. In my opinion, one of the worst things that can happen is a student gets accepted to a top-tier program, accepts that offer, and then finds that they aren't a great fit for the program or school. So, take the time to really evaluate the schools that have offered you admissions to ensure you will have a great experience as a student and as a scholar.