Areas of Study

Areas of Study


Taking a decidedly quantitative approach, the accounting doctoral program prepares students for academic careers at top research universities. Our faculty specialize in empirical and theoretical financial accounting research and most of our students work in these areas.

Decisions, Operations & Technology Management

The Decisions, Operations, and Technology Management (DOTM) area seeks to combine the process view of operations with analytical approaches in conducting research in the service and manufacturing sectors. Our Ph.D. students master the art and science of modeling, data analysis, quantitative methods, and effective interpersonal communication.


Behavioral, quantitative and managerial orientations are all reflected in the individual interests of the marketing faculty who, in collaboration with doctoral students, are actively involved in groundbreaking research. Students understand, explain and predict the effectiveness of various marketing strategies and to develop theoretical frameworks with which more efficient strategies can be designed.

Global Economics Management

The Ph.D. Program in Economics is designed for scholars aiming at careers in top academic institutions. The Global Economics and Management area has a strong focus on applied economics in general, with a particular emphasis in international economics, political economy and economic development. The small size of the program facilitates strong cohesion among students and faculty, continuous scholarly interactions among all members of the area, and an intellectually active and stimulating environment.


The strategic management track trains students to analyze a firm's response to its environment and its competitors, with a focus on innovation. The decision-making track focuses on mathematical modeling of strategic decision-making. Students receive training in economics, decision analysis, behavioral decision-making and game theory.

Management & Organizations

The Management & Organizations Area examines how organizations and the people who work within them behave. […MORE] Doctoral students have the ability to study a wide array of topics, ranging from individual psychology and behavior (micro-OB) to team and group behavior (meso-OB) to how organizations operate on a larger scale (macro-OB). Some topics that our faculty members study include decision-making, interpersonal and group conflict, prejudice and discrimination, diversity, identity, persuasion, communication, performance, labor practices, labor economics, and labor history.


The finance area has long been recognized as one of the world's top-10 programs. Finance as a subject area is a highly quantitative discipline. Research produced by the area is geared primarily towards publication and impact in the top academic finance journals. The area has always been eclectic in terms of its research focus, ranging from rational-expectations macro-asset-pricing empirical models to behavioral and experimental theory. UCLA Anderson finance has also had a remarkable tradition of collaboration, beyond that customary among our peers. Virtually all of our finance faculty, at every rank, nowadays works actively with one or more Ph.D. students. It has been quite common for (advanced) Ph.D. students to write papers together with junior and senior faculty. Indeed, an unusually large number of the highest-impact research publications in finance were written by authors who met while at UCLA, be this faculty or Ph.D. students.

Behavioral Decision Making

Behavioral Decisions Making became a formal academic area in 2016, investigating the many facets of human judgment and decision making behavior. Students are exposed to disciplines including behavioral economics, cognitive and social psychology, marketing, organizational behavior, behavioral finance, behavioral strategy, and public policy, along with numerous executive courses that cover topics such as managerial decision making, negotiation, choice architecture, and behavioral economics. BDM also offers an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Behavioral Decision Research, giving students broad training and flexibility to enter a number of possible job markets.