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.
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