Yale School of Management


The curriculum for the Doctoral Program is an intensive course of study designed to prepare PhD students for a successful career in academia. Over the first two years, students take 14 courses, which include two core courses, a social science sequence, an empirical methods sequence, a depth requirement, a breadth requirement, and electives. Each student will also be required to complete a two-term sequence in a social science and a two-term sequence in empirical methods.

Beyond the core, requirements have been left flexible, enabling students to concentrate in any of a number of traditional or innovative areas of the management process. The depth requirement consists of five courses selected by the student in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies and faculty members in the relevant area and is intended to focus the student on a particular research paradigm and as preparation for the dissertation.

Finally, the breadth requirement consists of one course that is outside of the student’s research paradigm and can be from an applied area of management different from the student’s own depth area or a related course from outside Yale SOM. Its purpose is to provide an alternate point of view into the student's own research.

Two electives make up the rest of the student's schedule.

A typical program in each of the three specializations is described below.
1st Semester 2nd Semester 3rd Semester 4th Semester
  • Core Course
  • Core Course
  • Depth Course
  • Empirical Methods
  • Social Science
  • Empirical Methods
  • Depth Course
  • Social Course
  • Depth Course
  • Elective
  • Breadth Course
  • Depth Course
  • Depth Course
  • Elective


Sample Depth sequences in the three areas of specialization are:


  • Seminar in Accounting I
  • Seminar in Accounting II
  • Seminar in Accounting III
  • Seminar in Accounting IV
  • Empirical Workshop in Accounting & Financial Economics
  • Financial Economics I
  • A seminar in Marketing or a second seminar in Financial Economics

Financial Economics

  • Financial Economics I
  • Financial Economics II
  • Corporate Finance & Market Microstructure
  • Empirical Workshop in Accounting & Financial Economics
  • Topics in Empirical Asset Pricing
  • Stochastic Processes


  • Seminar in Marketing I
  • Seminar in Marketing II
  • Behavioral Decision Making I
  • Behavioral Decision Making II
  • Industrial Organization I
  • Advanced Microeconomics I


  • Models of Operations Research and Management
  • Modeling Operational Processes
  • Policy Modeling
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Optimization Techniques

Organizational Behavior

  • Organizations & Markets I
  • Organizations & Markets II
  • Theory Construction
  • Empirical Research Methods
  • Economic Sociology
  • Social Cognition