Gabelli School of Business PhD Program, Fordham University, USA

Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

Deadline: Mar 01, 2016

  • The Gabelli School of Business PhD program offers highly qualified students a unique opportunity to study alongside leading scholars in the heart of Manhattan.
  • This research-intensive program provides the requisite empirical and theoretical skills necessary for students to become academic scholars. A specialized curriculum and faculty mentorship position students to contribute to business scholarship at the highest level.
  • A Foundation for Scholarship
  • The Gabelli School PhD is intended for individuals who envision themselves as researchers or faculty members at universities and other institutions around the world. PhD students complete coursework, pass a series of exams and, of course, propose, write, and defend a dissertation.
  • The program takes a structured, interdisciplinary approach to doctoral education to produce graduates with expert knowledge in a variety of fields. Upon admission, students select one of two interdisciplinary areas of focus:
  • Capital Markets
  • Strategy and Decision-Making

The Capital Markets focus combines the traditional aspects of economic theory with the quantitative rigor of finance and accounting. The Strategy and Decision-Making focus encompasses all aspects of the contemporary study of decision-making with theories of management, marketing, information systems, business ethics, business media, and operations.

Students in each focus complete specialized coursework and receive relevant professional skills training. Program graduates can expect to research and teach in multiple fields in the discipline.

Faculty mentors

Hands-on mentoring from faculty is essential to developing a strong research and teaching practice. Students meet regularly with the PhD program director to design a course of study to ensure satisfactory completion of the program. Students also work closely with faculty members on joint research projects and receive extensive pedagogical training. Dissertation committee members, external advisors, and course professors all provide additional mentorship throughout the program.

Funding and Post-Program Placement

Complete and partial funding is available to qualified candidates. A typical complete funding package includes tuition remission, a stipend, and healthcare. Funding decisions are competitive and are made as part of the admissions process.

Gabelli School PhD students receive extensive preparation before entering the academic job market. Regular contact with visiting scholars via coursework and seminars provides them with professional networks long in advance of graduation. Students also receive real experience and supervised support for funded professional activities such as conference attendance, paper presentation, article publication, and teaching techniques.

The New York Advantage

Studying business in the economic capital of New York City offers unparalleled advantages, and Fordham, as one of the city’s oldest universities in New York, has extensive connections that benefit PhD students.

In addition to longstanding partnerships with other leading New York-area universities, Fordham has a long history of intellectual exchange with New York financial institutions, many of which participate in Fordham Wall Street Council sessions.

Opportunities for PhD students include the availability of data sets, management interviews, natural experiments, and other support from corporate research departments.

PhD Admissions

Each application to the Gabelli School of Business PhD program receives a thorough and complete evaluation.

Applicants are evaluated on two primary criteria:

          1. Demonstrated past success in university programs
          2. Potential ability in the field as an academic scholar

It is expected that most applicants to the PhD program will hold a graduate degree from an accredited university in business or a related field, such as an MS in economics, finance, mathematics, operations research, psychology, or statistics.

Transfer students from other PhD programs, particularly in economics, are strongly encouraged to apply. Students may receive consideration for transferred credits based on previous coursework and degrees. Applicants without graduate degrees or with general questions about their eligibility are encouraged to email

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Application Materials

Applicants must provide all of the following materials:

Statement of Purpose

This one- to two-page statement should introduce the applicant, provide a summary of past academic achievements, indicate the applicant’s current academic interests, identify what he or she hopes to accomplish, and explain the choice of both a business PhD in general and the Gabelli School program in particular.


An updated CV or résumé should detail all relevant academic and/or professional experience and achievements.

Writing Sample

A writing sample demonstrating strong research and writing skills is required. The writing sample should ideally be a research paper in the area of the applicant’s interest, such as a master’s thesis or a seminar paper.

Transcripts and GPA

Official transcripts in support of all previously earned degrees must be sent to Fordham directly from the issuing institution. It is expected that applicants have maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required; at least two of these must be written by professors or academic research practitioners.


A GMAT or GRE score is required, and the test must have been taken within the past two years. The minimum expected GMAT score is 700, and the minimum expected GRE score is 160 verbal reasoning / 160 quantitative reasoning / 5 analytical writing.


International applicants who have not earned their previous degree(s) at a university in the United States or another English-speaking country must have taken the TOEFL, with a minimum expected score of 105.


Applicants who meet the above requirements may be interviewed by the doctoral program committee.

Application Fee

The application fee is $75.


The application period opens December 15 and closes March 1. The program will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis thereafter until all places have been awarded to qualified candidates. To be placed on the notification list for the opening of the application period, please send an email with the subject line “Business PhD Application–Notification List” to

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