Doctoral Program

Director's Message

Hello, Thank you for your interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration (brochure pdf.) in the Manning School of Business at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. We’re building a world-class, innovative program from the ground up, and we’d love you to be a part of it.  While the program is new, our research tradition is well established:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Lowell among the top 200 research universities nationally. 
  • Times of London ranks the UMass system 56th out of the top 200 universities in the world and 19th for academic and research reputation. 
  • In 2011, the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University completed a study of the most productive research faculty in entrepreneurship. The Manning School of Business was ranked in the top 30 worldwide, along with Arizona State, Penn State and the London School of Economics. 
  • The Manning School of Business was also identified by the Princeton Review as one of the Best 294 Business Schools.
As one of the leading research-oriented business schools in the New England area, we’re looking for top doctoral students with an intellectual curiosity about the nature and manner in which business organizations work. The main goal of the program is to develop our students to be competent in conducting independent research and teaching in multiple business disciplines including Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Leadership/Organization Studies, and Management Information Systems. To accomplish this goal, we provide rigorous and in-depth courses in research theory and methodology, research opportunities with highly productive faculty members, and excellent library/database resources. 

As a Ph.D. student, regardless of which program you decide to join in, you will quickly learn that it is the people—faculty, staff and administrators—that shape your progression as a doctoral student. Earning a doctorate is an exciting journey, but it also comes with a fair amount of stress and anxiety. The Manning School of Business is comprised of people who are heavily invested in and care about your development.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Yi Yang, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Program Director