PhD Student Experience

While rigorous and challenging, our program also is small and supportive.

On average, two students per discipline (about eight to ten students in total) enter the program each year, and more than half come from countries outside the U.S. They join a close-knit professional and social community of thirty to forty students, forging valuable working relationships with one another and entering into collaborative apprenticeships with individual faculty members—who are themselves productive scholars—and serve as mentors for many years to come.

Current PhD students
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Program Highlights

Our PhD students:

  • Acquire advanced knowledge relevant to their areas of specialization.
  • Develop advanced academic research skills for their areas of specialization.
  • Be well prepared for the instructional responsibilities of higher education.
  • Present at and attend academic conferences.
  • Produce quality, co-authored scholarly papers with faculty.
  • Obtain employment in academic settings upon graduation.

Average time to degree is just more than four and a half years. During this time, our students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Two years of course work in major, research methods, and related subjects
  • Two independent research papers
  • Comprehensive exam
  • Dissertation
  • Satisfactory performance as a research and teaching assistant
  • Success as a classroom teacher.

Training in Effective Teaching

PhD students teach four undergraduate courses over the second, third, and fourth years of the program.

PhD students participate in teacher training activities conducted by the Lundquist College and by the university's Teaching Effectiveness Program. In addition, students are encouraged to observe classes taught by faculty, to serve as teaching assistants, and to use the resources available in the university's Teaching Effectiveness Program.

Five Years of Financial Support

All incoming Lundquist College of Business PhD students receive financial support for five years in the form of graduate employment (GE), contingent on making satisfactory progress. Possible GE assignments include teaching assistant, research assistant, or instructor. PhD students are required to teach a total of five undergraduate courses over the five funded years in the program. A GE appointment includes

  • Full tuition waiver
  • Waiver of most fees
  • Generous monthly stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Travel support
  • Office space and use of a computer.

Students are also guaranteed three years of summer support, assuming normal progress.


Faculty Profile
  • 50 full-time, tenure track faculty (16 women)
  • Faculty members hold seven positions of editor or associate editor for a leading academic journal
  • Faculty members serve on 14 editorial boards of leading academic journals
Typical PhD Class Profile
  • 40 students in residence
  • 20 international
  • 16 women
  • Countries represented (excluding U.S.): 9 (Canada, China, Egypt, Iran, Kuwait, Morocco, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam)
  • Median age: 28
  • Average GMAT: 718 (quantitative—77th percentile, verbal—90th percentile)
  • Average GRE: 321 (quantitative—85th percentile , verbal—74th percentile)

About the Lundquist College

  • One of 185 programs—just 1.5 percent of the world's business schools—fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) in both business and accounting.
  • PhD program: 30-40 students
  • MBA program: about 130 students
  • MAcc program: about 30 students.
  • MS in Finance program: about 30 students
  • Undergraduate program: about 4,000 students

About the University of Oregon

  • 23,000 undergraduate students
  • 3,600 graduate students
  • Founded 1876

Located in Eugene, Oregon (175,000 population), a two-hour drive south of Portland, Oregon, a one-hour drive east from the Pacific Ocean, and a two-hour drive west from the Cascades Mountains.

As a Tier 1 university, the University of Oregon is one of only 62 institutions selected for membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU).