The PhD in Management program is designed to empower working professionals to excel as researchers, leaders, and change-makers in both business and academia.

Explore challenges and opportunities in the fast-evolving field of management through the ACBSP-accredited PhD in Management program from Walden University. Conduct original research in a specific area of interest to generate new knowledge, strategies, and best practices in the field. You can also study ways to facilitate positive social change through original research in ethical decision-making and socially responsible business practices.

Why Earn your PhD in Management From Walden?

  • Choose from six specializations to enhance your knowledge in specific areas of management
  • Conduct original research on a topic of your choosing to align with your personal or professional goals.
  • Examine issues of ethics, social responsibility, and decision-making in today’s business environment.
  • Participate in four residencies, allowing you to meet face-to-face with Walden faculty and network with your fellow doctoral candidates.
  • Hone essential research and writing skills throughout your coursework and while attending academic residencies.
  • Receive specialized support throughout your doctoral program, including Foundation and Doctoral Intensive Support courses, which allow you to explore real-world case studies and examples of successful capstones.

ACBSP logoWalden University’s PhD in Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Key benefits of ACBSP accreditation are:

  • Validation that your program meets nationally recognized standards of quality endorsed by businesses, government, and other organizations.
  • Assurance that your program can provide you with the skills you need to compete in today’s global marketplace.
  • Recognition by employers, graduate schools, and regulatory organizations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be prepared to:

  1. Evaluate the evolution of the field of management and organizations and its influence on human and societal development.
  2. Analyze key theories, concepts, and tools as they relate to the functioning of leadership and organizations.
  3. Evaluate management and systems thinking principles that have influenced the development of organizations and societal systems.
  4. Evaluate the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management and organizational change theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  5. Demonstrate the skills needed to conduct research that contributes to positive social change.

Career Impact

Students in Walden’s online PhD in Management hail from a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds. This interdisciplinary program is focused on developing relevant, valuable skills and competencies that are universally applicable to any career field.

As a PhD in Management graduate, you will be prepared to bring fresh knowledge, ideas, and perspectives to your field through a variety of potential career fields, including:

  • Collegiate teaching
  • Consulting
  • Upper-level public policy or corporate policymaking
  • Leadership
  • Organizational innovation and change

Through a personalized and practical learning experience, our online PhD in Management can empower you to make more of an impact in your current role—or uncover exciting new possibilities along your career path.

Earn Your Master of Philosophy Degree Along the Way

Walden understands the rigors involved with preparing for your doctorate. To signify how far you’ve come on your journey, you will be eligible to be awarded a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree upon completion of program requirements, prior to completion of your dissertation.

Walden is one of a few universities that offer this advanced research master’s degree. Highlight your academic achievement and show employers and others that you possess comprehensive knowledge in your field of study.

Save Time and Money on Your Degree

The opportunity to transfer credit offers a cost-efficient way to continue your education. You may be able to reduce your required coursework by applying eligible academic credits toward your Walden degree program.

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Denise Brewer

Denise Brewer

PhD in Management Graduate
Walden University has played a key role in my career by, first, really opening my eyes to the social responsibility that we have as human beings to make a difference.This mental shift has caused me to dig deeper within myself to find ways that I can be a champion for social change.
I am retired Army, but I hope my DBA will allow me a degree of leverage where employment will be feasible.
The most rewarding aspect of pursuing my degree at Walden was the opportunity to change my doctoral topic and delve deeper into the research previously conducted by scholars.
Alvin S. Perry DBA Graduate
Alvin Perry
Eric Sewell DBA Student
Eric Sewell
Ingrid M. Hayes-Burrell DBA Graduate
Ingrid Hayes-Burrell

Walden’s BS in Business Administration, Master of Business Administration (MBA), Doctor of Business Administration (DBA), and PhD in Management programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The MS in Accounting and BS in Accounting programs are also accredited by the ACBSP and have earned the organization’s Specialized Accounting Accreditation.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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