Why a PhD from Lindner?

The University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business PhD Program is an apprenticeship-style model in which our students learn the history and current state of research in their area of concentration and then conduct original research in order to advance knowledge in their field and transfer that knowledge to others via teaching. To ensure our doctoral students achieve these goals, they begin working closely with faculty members their first day in our program.

The primary mission of the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business PhD Program is to train future business school faculty who not only teach in and across the disciplines in which they work, but also advance knowledge in those disciplines through the generation and conduct of original research. That is a key reason why our PhD graduates go on to excel at both public and private business schools across the United States and around the globe.

All students admitted to the University of Cincinnati Lindner College of Business PhD program are eligible to receive four years of financial support via both assistantships and scholarships with additional funding available to support conference travel and research.

"The support for PhD students at Lindner is incredible. The college is invested in helping candidates succeed as researchers and as teachers."

- Marcie, PhD student

Research Concentrations

The Lindner PhD in Business Administration Program has six areas of concentration:

In each concentration students learn from the best and have opportunities to research and teach in their chosen field. The research generated in all concentrations by our doctoral students and faculty addresses issues of national and international importance. Each program is flexible and tailored to the needs of the individual students.


Our Recent PhD Students include:

Sung Doo Kim

Sung Doo Kim is opening a rare avenue of research into coping with technology-induced distractions from work in our contemporary society.

Lauren Laker

Lauren Laker's current research draws on the fields of operations research, management, health care services research and information systems.


Ashley Otto

Ashley Otto's research lies at the intersection of social cognition and judgment and decision-making.

Living in Cincinnati

People often state that Cincinnati is the "biggest small town in the world," an excellent combination of small-town friendliness coupled with all of the advantages of a big city. Now is an exciting time to be part of Cincinnati's vibrant community where students and young families can enjoy both an affordable cost of living and a thriving downtown district filled with events and attractions.

The University of Cincinnati's strategic location at the heart of such a diverse and ever-expanding business environment provides many opportunities for our PhD students to research real-world problems in real-world settings.

  • Kiplinger magazine ranked Cincinnati best bet for "hot spots" and among the 10 greatest cities for young adults
  • Cincinnati was named the ninth smartest city in the country by Movoto
  • Cincinnati has more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York, Los Angeles, Boston or Chicago
  • A thriving arts community representing all 5 arts disciplines: ballet, opera, art museums, symphony, and theater
  • Forbes named Cincinnati one of the Top 20 U.S. cities where individuals can truly make a difference
  • Mashable named Cincinnati as the most social city in the country

Contact Us

Tiffany Cooper

Tiffany Cooper
Associate Director of Graduate Recruitment
Phone: 513-556-7188

Kristina Fancher

Kristina Fancher
Assistant Director
Phone: 513-556-5414

Academic Director: Olivier Parent

Olivier Parent
Academic Director