Flexibility in learning, independence in study, research with deep impact, outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, and the finest resources in academia—these are the distinguishing characteristics of Harvard Business School Doctoral Programs.

In collaboration with Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, we offer PhD programs in: Business Economics; Organizational Behavior; Health Policy (Management); and Business Administration. Applicants interested in Accounting and ManagementManagementMarketingStrategy, and Technology & Operations Management should apply to the new PhD in Business Administration.

Our doctoral students are welcome and encouraged to work with faculty and access resources throughout HBS and Harvard University. The doctoral program curriculum requires coursework at HBS and other Harvard discipline departments, and HBS faculty on advisory committees.

Accounting & Management

Research focuses on information and measurement systems for allocating resources among firms in the economy; rewarding and monitoring the performance of managers; formulating, executing and evaluating strategy; and understanding the profitability of suppliers, products, customers, distribution channels, and business units.

Business Economics (includes Finance)

Focuses on the use of economic analysis and statistical methods for dealing effectively with management problems in applied business fields such as capital markets, financial institutions, corporate finance, experimental and behavioral economics, business strategy and industrial organization.

Health Policy (Management)

Prepares students to do research on the managerial, operational, and strategic issues facing a wide range of organizations in the health care industry.


Research focuses on management theory and knowledge that is relevant to management practice. Research themes include innovation, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and networks.


Draws on economic, behavioral, psychological and administrative theory to research important marketing problems centered on the immediate and future needs and wants of customers.

Organizational Behavior

Combines training in the theory and methods of psychology or sociology with the study of business administration and empirical research on organizational phenomena.


Pursues multi-disciplinary research that utilizes multiple methodologies-quantitative, as well as qualitative-to study how companies and industries around the world develop and sustain competitive advantage.

Technology & Operations Management

Research on managing innovation, new product development, operations management, operations strategy, service operations, and supply chain management.