Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders
The goal of the Ross Doctoral Studies Program is to prepare the faculty of the future for the world’s top business schools. Our graduates use their research, discoveries, and insights — expressed through writing, speaking, and teaching — to shape the world of business. To accomplish this we utilize coursework and directed research.
In keeping with the school’s overall core values and strategy, the doctoral program has its foundation in:
• generating broad-based intellectual capital with impact
• providing innovative educational experiences
• offering co-creation opportunities with students as active participants
• connecting theory and practice with action-based learning
A Mentorship Philosophy
While the resources available to our doctoral students are vast, the PhD program itself is intentionally small. We believe in nurturing those students who best fit our program’s philosophy and supplying them with the resources to succeed. We ask our faculty to weigh admissions using these criteria to ensure students will be mentored effectively.
A distinguishing feature of the Ross School is the collegial spirit and noncompetitive nature of the community. Students collaborate on projects and assist each other; joint research with faculty is common. Our informal atmosphere and open-door policy encourage students to engage in conversation with faculty or continue seminar discussions with distinguished visitors beyond the allotted class time and space.