PhD student teaching at Ross.

How the PhD Program Works.

Pursue your passions at the highest level. Under the mentorship of renowned Michigan Ross faculty, you will be immersed in a program designed to hone your teaching abilities as you generate impactful research. You will receive the practical training and experience you need to thrive in an academic and research-focused environment. 

PhD Program Progression

In your chosen field of study, you will be challenged to propose new ideas and solutions to the most critical issues in business through coursework, assistantships, research, and other focused opportunities.


Year 1

  • Coursework and Preliminary Exam
  • Prepare for Teaching – Observation
  • Research

Year 2

  • Coursework and Preliminary Exam
  • Prepare for Teaching: BA 830 – Teaching Fundamentals
  • Research

Year 3

  • Research and Teach BBA Course
  • Choose Dissertation Chair

Year 4

  • Form Dissertation Committee
  • Defend Proposal

Year 5

  • Develop Market Paper and Job Talk
  • Enter Job Market
  • Accept Faculty Position
  • Defend Dissertation and Complete Degree Fundamentals
Explore our Areas of Study

Immerse yourself in one of seven doctoral areas of study based on your research interests and academic career goals.

PhD Student teaching

Discover what it takes to be a faculty member at a top business school as you develop your expertise in areas essential for success — research, teaching, service, and administration. 

As an admitted doctoral student, you’ll receive five years of merit-based financial aid — including full tuition waiver, health insurance for yourself and your dependents, and stipend package. You are encouraged to apply for additional external sources of support when available. 

Your Bridge to a PhD
Two PhD students with faculty member

Not everyone is ready for doctoral studies. With the optional, 12-month Bridges to Doctoral Fellows Program, you will gain exposure to business research and additional quantitative skills before applying to the PhD Program. You will receive full access to research opportunities, faculty support, and financial assistance throughout the program.

Bridges to Doctoral Fellows Program