PhD Program

PhD Program

Chicago Booth’s doctoral program in business—the first established in the United States—trains prospective scholars to become highly skilled and innovative researchers. Most go on to become faculty members at premier academic institutions throughout the world.

Chicago Booth's PhD Program is a full-time course of study. Most students take five years to complete degree requirements and defend their dissertations. Students begin active research at an early stage and work closely with faculty throughout the program. They are also quickly drawn into the school’s intellectual environment by participating in workshops, where the work of fellow researchers is vigorously discussed and debated.

As with the other Booth degree programs, the PhD curriculum is highly flexible. Within the scope of general requirements, students can design programs to suit their individual research interests and educational backgrounds.

For complete details on the program, see the PhD Program Brochure (PDF) and the PhD Program Guidebook (PDF). You can also contact the program staff.

Upcoming Events

On-Campus Information Sessions

Information sessions are offered on the dates listed below. PhD Program staff will give an overview of our programs and be available to answer your questions.

Event  City Location  Date             
Chicago Booth PhD Program Information Session   Chicago Harper Center  Tuesday, October 25, 2016 (5 p.m.) Register »  
Chicago Booth PhD Program Information Session
 Chicago Harper Center Wednesday, November 9, 2016 (12 p.m.) Register »  
Chicago Booth PhD Program Information Session
 Chicago Harper Center Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (5 p.m.) Register »  
Chicago Booth PhD Program Information Session
 Chicago Harper Center Thursday, December 8, 2016 (12 p.m.) Register » 

Off-Campus Admission Events & Information Sessions

Representatives from the Chicago Booth PhD Program, along with representatives from other doctoral programs in business, will attend the following events to share information about our programs, the student experience, and the admissions process. Events and event details, including timing/location and registration information, will be updated throughout the summer and fall, so please check back regularl

  • DocNet Recruiting Forum
    Hosted by the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business
    Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Panel: 6 - 7 p.m. (Robertson Auditorium)
    Recruitment Fair: 7 - 8 p.m. (Ross Colloquium)
    Details and registration are available online.

  • DocNet Recruiting Forum
    Hosted by DocNet
    Wednesday, November 16, 2016
    Panel: 6 - 7 p.m. (Ballroom H, Hyatt Regency O'Hare)
    Recruitment Fair: 7 - 8:30 p.m. (Ballrooms F & G, Hyatt Regency O'Hare)
    Details and registration are available online.

  • PhD Project*
    *by application only
    Thursday, November 17, 2016
    University/PhD Programs Fair: 3 - 6 p.m. (Hyatt Regency O'Hare)
    Details and application information are available online.

PhD Program Office

The University of Chicago
Booth School of Business
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel: 773.702.7298