Courses and Curriculum

Our curriculum includes a wide variety of management content courses based on the research expertise of our faculty, including topics such as Motivation, Job attitudes, Leadership, Groups and Teams, Affect and Cognition, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Adaption, and Innovation.

We also place heavy emphasis on methods coursework, allowing our students to complete the Ph.D. with exposure to a wide variety of methodological tools. All students take a series of methodology overview courses offered in the department and college and all are required to take an additional sequence of methods courses to meet their individual research needs, determined in consultation with their advisor and the Ph.D. Coordinator; these course include Econometrics, Multilevel analysis, Advanced Quantitative Research, Experimental Design, and Structural Equation models.

Core courses include a variety of departmental seminars, covering research methods, micro (OB) content areas, and macro (Strategy) content areas.

  • Research Methods in Management
  • Leadership
  • Motivation and Attitudes
  • Groups and Teams
  • Affect and Cognition
  • Decision Making
  • Process of Strategic Management
  • Content of Strategic Management
  • Entrepreneurship

Our students also take a number of courses methods and statistics courses outside the department, tailored to their specific backgrounds and interests. Some of the options for those classes include:

  • Statistics I
  • Statistics II
  • Regression (basic and advanced)
  • Structural Equation Modeling
  • Multi-level Modeling
  • Social Networks
  • Econometrics I
  • Econometrics II
  • Experimental Design


A unique aspect of the UF Ph.D. in management is our apprenticeship approach to student development. In year 1, each student is assigned an advisor based on mutual interests. Students work with faculty (and sometimes other PH.D. students) on a project throughout their first year. They present the results of that research in a department seminar during year 2. In year 2, student continue with faculty mentored research, but they assume a stronger leadership role. This research is presented in a department seminar in Year 3.


The Ph.D. program’s structure follows this path:

  • Year One
    • Required coursework in methods and management content
    • Mentored research project (first year paper)
  • Year Two
    • Required coursework in methods and management content
    • Mentored research project (second year paper)
  • Year Three
    • Additional methods and content class to match student interests and needs
    • Teaching experience
    • Continued to develop program of research
    • Select dissertation topic and committee; advance to candidacy
  • Year Four
    • Develop and defend dissertation proposal
    • Begin data collection
  • Year Five
    • Complete and defend proposal
    • Job search

Program Requirements

Review the Graduate Student Handbook for details on the requirements of the program.