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PhD in Business: A pioneering investment in business scholarship

In an international economy driven by accelerating change, the business world needs cutting-edge scholarship that probes the complexity of the marketplace and gives practitioners, policymakers and thinkers evidence-based tools and strategies to transform our models for managing, leading, innovating and succeeding.

Bucking a national trend, with many business schools actually downsizing their doctoral programs, the Robert H. Smith School of Business has embarked on an ambitious effort to provide one of the premier doctoral programs in the U.S.

Launched in 2008, the $12 million investment is designed to make The Smith School a magnet that attracts and retains the world's smartest, most determined, most inspired students and faculty.

The initiative is funded with a $6 million gift from philanthropist Robert H. Smith, a 1950 graduate, with matching funds from the University of Maryland and The Smith School.

That investment increases annual doctoral stipends by 45 percent to $32,500 and provides essential support for scholarly research and travel.

Our pioneering investment in doctoral business scholarship will help ensure that we continue to produce world-class business school graduates who are analytical, resourceful, innovative, hard-working and passionate, and prepared and determined to manage complex problems, find entrepreneurial solutions, and succeed.

To learn more about becoming part of our effort to advance business learning at the highest level, contact The Smith School at 301-405-2189.

The Smith School
Inspired to learn. Determined to succeed.

Welcome from the Director

Rebecca HannWelcome! Our doctoral programs at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business are a collaborative, research-oriented community of scholars. While the purpose of our website is to provide a convenient summary of our program requirements, admissions and application, we hope that you also get a glimpse at our amazing students and supportive expert faculty.

Our ultimate goal is to train and develop students to become thought leaders! The coursework, research papers, and assistantship collaboration all contribute to preparing students for the tenure-track faculty positions at highly research-active universities. The hallmark of our program is our mentoring. Our students work with junior and senior faculty to advance their novel ideas into published research in top field journals and learn to be innovative in the classroom. Our faculty are highly invested in the promotion of our students throughout the program and even throughout their careers as faculty at other universities. Our alumni are generous with their time, expertise, and collaboration as they often co-author publications, present at our speaker series, and support and network at the major conferences. Our faculty, doctoral alumni and doctoral students collectively contribute to the discovery and dissemination of scientific knowledge in academics.

While the program is small relative to the size of the Smith School as a whole, our faculty, doctoral students, and doctoral alumni form a community. We are proud to have a very strong Association of Doctoral Students (ADS), which provides a variety of social opportunities for doctoral students, faculty and doctoral alumni to interact and build relationships. This supportive community of Smith scholars creates an environment of curiosity, passion, inspiration and boldness which is conducive to high levels of quality research. Smith PhD believes in fearless ideas!

Dr. Rebecca Hann
Assistant Dean of Smith Doctoral Programs
Associate Professor of Accounting

Contact the
PhD Program Office

The Robert H. Smith School of Business
University of Maryland
3330 Van Munching Hall
College Park, MD 20742-1815

For GPS, please use the following address:
7621 Mowatt Lane, College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-2214
Email: smithphd@umd.edu

Hours of operation:
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Monday-Friday)

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