PHD Business Administration-Management


The mission of the program is to prepare students to excel in knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The goal is to strive for continuous improvement in training world-class researchers and college professors who are able to conduct independent, original academic research, and teach university-level courses in their major areas of study. We involve our students in research projects early, so that by the time they complete the Ph.D. program, many have one or more research articles accepted in academic journals.

Highly individualized program

Typically, cohorts of three-four students will be registered for formal coursework and be in residence working toward their dissertations. From the start, each doctoral student will be assigned a faculty member to serve as research mentor and a senior doctoral student "buddy" to facilitate transition into the program. Small classes and an "open-door" policy allow students plenty of opportunity to discuss ideas with faculty.


The Ph.D. degree in business administration is designed to prepare graduates for professional careers in university research and teaching as well as select research positions in industry and government. Most commonly, our graduates will initially look for employment in academia. To help placement in the academic field, each doctoral student is offered full responsibility for teaching undergraduate classes. This preparation, together with their success in publishing research articles, is designed to assist our graduates in becoming competitive in the job market.



Admissions Timeline

Typically, students begin their graduate work in the fall semester. January admissions are very rare. To be assured full consideration for August admission and/or financial aid, the department must have received completed applications by February 1. The department makes most admission and financial aid decisions during February and March. Subject to availability of space, the department will continue to accept applications for August admission until July 20. Given application processing time, early applications are strongly encouraged.

Application Process

An online application, three letters of reference, a résumé, a statement of purpose, and submission of an official GMAT or GRE score are required for admission. Applicants with a 650 or higher GMAT or GRE equivalent scores will receive first consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program in business administration with a concentration in management. Please include any other supporting materials you wish to have considered with your application.

The WVU Office of Graduate Programs is currently taking applications online. Click here to complete the online application procedure.
Or you may send to the completed application to the Office of Admissions and Records, West Virginia University, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506-6009.

Contact Information

For additional questions concerning the program, please contact:

Dr. Mark Gavin
Coordinator, Management Ph.D. Program
Office: (304) 293-7952

Management Ph.D. Course Descriptions

The coursework in management is designed to provide a theoretical, methodological, and statistical foundation for conducting independent research. Students in the Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in management will take six content courses in their major area. They will also take six mandatory research methods and statistics courses. They are required to take two additional courses to complement the required course work and their own interests. Therefore, there are fourteen courses required comprising the forty-two credit hours in the classroom. Two research papers will contribute six credit hours for a total of forty-eight credit hours. In addition, the student will register for at least twenty-nine dissertation credits.



  • Mark Gavin - Ph.D. (Purdue University)

Associate Professors

  • David Dawley - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
  • Mark Gavin - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
  • Joyce Thompson Heames - Ph.D. (University of Mississippi)
  • Jodi Goodman - Ph.D. (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Jeff Houghton - Ph.D. (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)
  • Matt Marvel - Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
  • Abhishek Srivastava - Ph.D. (University of Maryland)
  • Edward Tomlinson - Ph.D. (Ohio State University)

Assistant Professors

  • Jennifer Sexton - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
  • Jun Xiz - Ph.D. (Texas Tech University)