The Ph.D. Program is a key pillar of UCLA's Anderson School of Management, one of the oldest and most distinguished business schools in the world. We train scholars from around the globe to become researchers and educators. If you have a passion for research in one of our areas of specialty, love to think, write, teach, and debate, you should apply to the UCLA Anderson School, as it is in the most elite tier of Ph.D. programs. Our mission is to ensure that Ph.D. study in each of seven specialized areas - Accounting, Decisions, Operations & Technology Management, Finance, Global Economics and Management, Management and Organizations, Marketing and Strategy and Policy - enhances UCLA's reputation as a first-rate institution for developing knowledge that informs and influences the world. Our program is among the most selective because we are well known for success at this mission. From applicant pools ranging in size of 650 to 850 applicants a year, we offer admission to approximately 40 applicants.
Why is admission to our Ph.D. Program so competitive? Our objective is to maintain a one to one faculty to student ratio which benefits the student. Applicants know that the faculty here is first rate and dedicated to producing great students. Since 2004, Business Week has ranked the faculty at the UCLA Anderson School of Management #1 in the world in intellectual capital (based on research). Depending on the year, 25-40% of that research is co-authored with Ph.D. students. From day one, we gear our program not only to teach students about a functional area, but to train them to understand what good research is and how to execute it over a lifetime. Maximizing research-oriented faculty-student interaction is a critical ingredient. Our alumni include distinguished faculty at most of the world's great academic institutions, ranging from Harvard, Stanford, Chicago, UCLA, Michigan, Carnegie-Mellon and Wharton to Cal Tech, Cornell, NYU, Columbia, London Business School, Berkeley, INSEAD and Northwestern. Some have become huge successes as business leaders. These graduates tell us that the Doctoral Program at UCLA's Anderson School of Management is second to none. They mention several reasons for this: the quality and accessibility of the faculty, the support of the staff, alumni, administration and the program's flexibility. The flexibility allows students to draw on classes and resources from many areas of the management school, as well as departments across campus, including economics, psychology and mathematics. They also remark that the program, while challenging, is just plain fun. The campus is situated in one of the most pleasant places on the planet to study and the city of Los Angeles is a vibrant intellectual and cultural Mecca. Most humbling, however, is how alumni feel about the profound and wonderful transformation of their lives because of the opportunities available to a UCLA Ph.D. recipient. Helping students reach the positions they aspire to is enormously gratifying to each member of the UCLA family of scholars. How proud we are of the placement and accomplishments of our alumni and their remarkable ability to contribute to cutting edge scholarship long after they graduate!
Japan Alumni Chair in International Finance
Senior Associate Dean and Director, Doctoral Program
UCLA Anderson School of Management