In our joint PhD program, you will have the freedom to conduct research on topics that matter to you—whether that means focusing on specific questions in psychology or taking an interdisciplinary approach.

In recent years, our doctoral students have studied topics as diverse as the effect of language on adherence to social norms, the intuitive jurisprudence of punishment, and the consequences of perceived legitimacy for governance.

Overseen jointly by the Behavioral Science dissertation area at Chicago Booth and UChicago’s Department of Psychology, the Joint PhD Program in Psychology and Business connects social, cognitive, and organizational psychologists across Booth and the university.

Our Distinguished Behavioral Science and Psychology Faculty

This interdisciplinary program brings together behavioral science and psychology faculty who will teach you, advise you, mentor you, and guide your course of study and research.

Department of Psychology Faculty

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Behavioral Science Faculty

Alex Imas

Alex Imas

Assistant Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics and Vasilou Faculty Scholar

Alex Imas

A Network of Support

Chicago Booth is home to several groundbreaking research centers that offer funding for PhD students while connecting them with peers and researchers from Booth and around the world.

Center for Decision Research
The Center for Decision Research (CDR) is devoted to the study of how individuals form judgments and make decisions. Researchers at the center examine the processes by which intuition, reasoning, and social interaction produce beliefs, judgments, and choices.

The PhD Experience at Booth

Juliana Schroeder, PhD ’15, talks about her research into how people convey their mental capacity to others.

Current Psychology and Business Students

PhD students interested in psychology and business come to Chicago Booth to research a range of topics, from the jurisprudence of punishment to the impulses behind dehumanization. They go on to careers in academia, industry, and beyond.

Spotlight on Research

Chicago Booth Review frequently highlights the work of PhD students and faculty in psychology and business.

How to Apply

To apply to the Joint Program in Psychology and Business through Chicago Booth, apply online for admission to the Behavioral Science dissertation area. Once admitted to Booth, you may apply to the joint program at any time during your first two years of study.