Management Ph.D. (Ithaca)

Field of Study


Program Description

Accounting deals with the theory and practice of developing financial data for two purposes: to enable management to control and plan the development of the enterprise and to enable others to appraise its condition.

Finance focuses on the financial structures and requirements of corporations of various types, the problems of maintaining sound financial condition, the organization and behavior of financial markets of different types, and the influence of public policies on those markets and on corporate finance. A knowledge of accounting is essential.

Marketing adapts analytical and behavioral theories commonly used in such disciplines as economics, operations research, psychology, and sociology. Topics addressed include models for new products, pricing theories, theories about advertising effects, advertising and promotion response models, market research techniques, and theories about marketing decisions.

Organizational behavior focus on social and behavioral science approaches to the study of human activity in organizational settings. The major concern is with regularities, differences, and relationships in purposive behavior. A fundamental grounding in at least one of the basic behavioral disciplines is essential.

Production and operations management emphasizes the study of quantitative methods of analysis, including the use of the computer, in the solution of major economic decision problems of production and operations management.

Quantitative analysis stresses modern developments in the uses of mathematical and statistical tools and computer technology for the solution of managerial problems.

Contact Information

Phone: 607-255-5340

253 Sage Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY  14853

Concentrations by Subject

  • accounting
  • entrepreneurship (minor)
  • finance
  • marketing
  • organizational behavior (M&O)
  • production and operations (OTIM)



Application Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadlines:

Dec 15 for application and supporting documents

Requirements Summary:

The most desirable preparation is strong undergraduate work in relevant fields such as economics, engineering, mathematics, operations research, psychology, sociology, or another physical or social science. Students may be admitted directly from a bachelor's degree program or after a distinguished record in an M.B.A. or other master's program. A knowledge of mathematics at least through calculus is essential. Applicants are not required to submit GRE general test or GMAT scores but are strongly encouraged.
  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam or IELTS Academic Exam for non-native English applicants
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Personal Statement
  • GRE general test or GMAT- optional

Learning Outcomes

Students will be trained to be cutting-edge scholars in their respective fields:

  • Students will exhibit mastery of the methodological tools and techniques required for scholarly advancement in their respective fields.
  • Students will exhibit a mastery of extant literature in their field.
  • Students will exhibit the ability to critically evaluate the work of other scholars.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to propose and execute novel research.

Students will be trained to be effective communicators and teachers:

  • Students will exhibit the ability to prepare and deliver well-written materials on relevant technical topics.
  • Students will exhibit the ability to support faculty members in their teaching efforts.
  • Students will exhibit the ability to plan and deliver relevant course material.

Students will have an ethical perspective and a service orientation, and will live up to the highest professional standards in their future careers:

  • Students will know the professional code of conduct in their respective fields.
  • Students will exhibit the ability to identify issues likely to pose ethical challenges.