Graduate Programs

Ph.D. in Business Administration

A Note from Yi Yang, Ph.D. Director:
Thank you for considering the Manning School of Business’ Ph.D. Program.  As a new  Ph.D. program, we are building a world-class, innovative program from the ground up.  We hope you can be part of this evolution. While the program is new, our research tradition is well established. This tradition will be critical to your success as a doctoral student.

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UMass Lowell among the top 200 research universities nationally.
  • The Times of London ranks UMass system at 56th of the top 200 universities in the world and 19th for academic and research reputation.
  • In 2011, the Neeley School of Business at TCU completed a study of the most productive research faculty in entrepreneurship. The Manning School of Business was ranked in the top 30 worldwide, along with ASU, Penn State, and the London School of Economics.
  • The Manning School of Business was also identified by the Princeton Review as one of the Best 294 Business Schools.
We are looking for individuals with an intellectual curiosity about the nature and manner in which organizations work.   This can take several forms depending on the discipline. It might be an inquiry into the manner in which organizations finance new projects or the decision in adopting a new accounting system or whether gender affects leadership style and effectiveness. Regardless of the discipline, the Ph.D. in Business Administration examines why organizations work in the manner they do.

One final note - as a  Ph.D. student, regardless of where you decide to attend school, you will quickly learn that it is the people – faculty, staff, and administrators – that shape your progression as a doctoral student. Earning a doctorate is an exciting journey, but it also comes with a fair amount of stress and anxiety. UMass Lowell is comprised of people that will be heavily invested and care about your development. 
If you have any questions about applying or the program, please email me at As you consider UMass Lowell as one of your choices, we hope you will visit us prior to making a decision. I would be happy to chat over a cup of coffee or lunch. We will also be having two open houses this fall.

Yi Yang, Ph.D.
Ph.D. Director and Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship and Strategy