Carl H. Lindner College of BusinessCarl H. Lindner College of BusinessUniversity of Cincinnati

Carl H. Lindner College of Business

PhD Program Concentrations

[ Accounting ] [ Finance ]  [ Management ] [ Marketing ] [Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems]


The goal of the PhD program in accounting is to graduate students with the knowledge and skills that serve as the foundation of a successful academic career.  Our curriculum provides a comprehensive understanding of the accounting literature and develops the expertise necessary to engage in high quality research that is meaningful to academics and professional accountants alike.  Through close interaction with faculty mentors, students develop research design, modeling and writing skills that are critical to success in the field.

We value students with an interest in research and teaching, professional experience and certifications, and strong analytical and problem solving abilities.  Our program capitalizes on our student’s professional accounting experience as the basis for developing high quality research that is timely, relevant and informative.

The accounting faculty has many established academics with a strong interest in partnering with PhD students.  Our faculty members have published their research in the premier journals in accounting such as The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research, and high quality journals such as Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Journal of Information Systems, Journal of Business Ethics, and Current Issues in Auditing.  Several faculty focus their research in the area of international accounting, publishing in journals such as The European Accounting Review, The International Journal of Accounting, The Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation, and The Journal of International Accounting Research.  

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The Department of Finance teaching and research interests include: corporate finance, financial management of financial institutions, working capital management, cost of capital and capital budgeting, international finance, speculative markets, financial theory and strategy, experimental financial economics, real estate investment and capital markets, real estate finance and valuation, investments and portfolio management.

Doctoral students in Finance are trained to be productive faculty members, with expertise in teaching and research, and service. The department is one of UC's best in terms of student retention, graduation, time-to-degree, and placement.

Faculty publications appear in such diverse journals as: Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Financial Review, Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics, Quarter Journal of Business and Economics, Journal of International Business Studies, and the Pacific-Basin Finance Journal.

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The Department of Management seeks doctoral candidates with a passion for understanding how individual, group, organizational, and inter-organizational phenomena affect the management of complex organizations. Our doctoral students develop a strong knowledge base in a variety of topics in management, including Organization Behavior, Organization Theory, and Strategic Management. The overarching goal is to prepare our doctoral students for successful scholarly careers in academia.

The Management faculty has consistently published in the most influential management journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, and Strategic Management Journal. Faculty members are on the editorial boards of prominent journals, and are actively engaged in collaborations with business organizations in the region.

We welcome applications from students who hold bachelor or master degrees from approved colleges and who show the ability to carry on rigorous graduate study. Previous education in management is not required for admission. Admission is based on applicant's undergraduate and graduate records, letters of recommendation, Graduate Record Examination or Graduate Management Admission test scores, and other material that indicates strong aptitude for graduate study in management. The Department of Management actively seeks applications from qualified minority and female candidates.

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Faculty in the Department of Marketing have varied research and teaching interests which include: consumer behavior, consumer satisfaction, consumer psychology and product management, advertising, brand management, sales management, direct marketing, marketing strategy, marketing ethics, marketing channels, generation and diffusion of innovations, group and individual decision making, the application of experimental and mathematical statistics to problems in marketing management, pricing, forecasting and real-time control of supply-chain activities.

Marketing faculty regularly publish in such professional journals as The Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Decision Sciences. In addition, they have extensive consulting experience with such companies as Procter & Gamble, A.C. Nielsen Corporation, Kraft USA, the Kroger Company and the Battelle Memorial Institute.

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Operations Management, Business Analytics & Information Systems

The Department of OBAIS seeks exceptional students with interest in a wide range of research topics who seek careers as academic researchers, including university professors or applied researchers in academic settings (e.g., research hospitals or public labs and research institutions). The department’s PhD program admits students into its three disciplines (see below), but our students often work on multi-disciplinary problems and with faculty from several areas.

The Operations Management discipline focuses on research into how production and service systems transform inputs into outputs. This includes a diverse set of topics, such as inventory and supply chain management, transportation networks, service operations, quality, healthcare delivery systems, operations strategy, and developing policies and processes for matching capacity with demand.

The Business Analytics discipline at UC focuses primarily on three methodological aspects of analytics:  applied statistics, simulation, and optimization and decision analysis. Our faculty develop, improve, and apply cutting-edge statistical, simulation, and optimization methods such as data mining, longitudinal and nonparametric analysis, discrete-event and agent-based computer simulation, integer programming, and stochastic optimization to a wide variety of problems and industries.

The Information Systems discipline at the Lindner College of Business focuses primarily on behavioral and technical/computational issues. UC’s IS faculty research topics related to how humans adopt, use, and adapt to technology, how organizations software can better use information, and how databases and other technical systems might be improved, automated, or deployed more effectively.

OBAIS PhD graduates have been highly successful in both academic and academic-style industrial positions. Course work includes mathematical programming, stochastic models, and applied statistics along with seminars on the latest developments in the field. Students are encouraged to take courses from across the University that combine to best meet their unique educational goals.

OBAIS faculty members consistently publish in leading academic journals, have received professional recognition for teaching, research, and service, and have written several leading textbooks. Our faculty also work closely with industry, producing both rigorous theoretical advances and applied research of immediate use to practitioners. The Department of OBAIS has been recognized as one of the University's “Centers of Excellence” through the State of Ohio Academic Excellence Program.

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