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  Wednesday, September 28, 2016 (12 p.m.)  Register »   
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 20, 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 regularly.

  • Chicago Booth PhD Information Session (Off Campus)
    Information session for the Chicago Booth PhD Program
    Hosted by Northwestern University
    Thursday, October 13, 2016
    Information Session: 5 - 6 p.m.
    Norris University Center, Room 208 (Armadillo Room)
    1999 Campus Drive
    Evanston, IL 60208
    RSVP online »

  • DocNet Recruiting Forum
    Hosted by the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona &
    the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona St. University
    Monday, October 17, 2016
    Panel: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Lecture Hall C104 Health Sciences Education Building)
    Recruitment Fair 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. (Virginia G. Piper Auditorium)
    Details and registration are available online.

  • DocNet Recruiting Forum
    Hosted by the David Eccles School of Business, the University of Utah
    Wednesday, October 19, 2016
    Panel: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Bill and Pat Child Hall, Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building)
    Recruitment Fair: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. (Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building)
    Details and registration are available online.

  • DocNet Recruiting Forum
    Hosted by the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley &
    the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
    Friday, October 21, 2016
    Panel: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. (Great Hall, International House, UC Berkeley)
    Recruitment Fair: 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Chevron Auditorium, International House, UC Berkeley)
    Details and registration are available online.

  • 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
phd@chicagobooth.edu