PhD Program Objectives

Guanghua School of Management’s doctoral program develops young scholars with international perspective, sense of social responsibility and academic impact in the fields of management and economics, who are capable of conducting high-quality, scientific research.

The program is designed for candidates with outstanding intellectual abilities and a strong commitment to research, who are passionate to become excellent researchers and faculty members, especially within top management institutions. The specific objectives of this program are:

·  To develop academic faculty for leading business schools both in and outside China

·  To enrich the intellectual environment of Guanghua School of Management

·  To enhance the quality of scholarly management research

Program Areas


The program covers the following 7 areas:

·  Applied Economics ( National Economics , Industrial Economics)

·  Finance

·  Business Statistics and Econometrics

·  Management science and engineering

·  Accounting

·  Business Administration (designed as the IPH.D Program), which consists of 3 concentrations:

Organizational behavior and human resources management, Marketing, and Strategic management.


Program Outline


Program length: The program requires five years of study for applicants who are bachelor degree holders and four years for applicants with master degrees.

Coursework: In the first two years of the program, students are required to take credits according to the curriculum. All doctoral students are also required to attend research seminars in their respective areas. Please refer to ( )for PhD course information.

Doctoral students who are enrolled in these three concentrations - organizational behavior and human resources management, marketing, and strategic management are mainly taught in English (IPh.D Program), while students in other majors are taught in Chinese.


Comprehensive examination: All doctoral students must take a comprehensive exam at the end of their second year, which focuses on coursework completed as well as related theoretical knowledge and research methodology in their respective majors of study.

Research papers and publications: All doctoral students are required to complete at least two research papers that get accepted or published in designated Chinese or international journals before their graduation. To encourage research collaboration, these papers can be co-authored with the student’s dissertation supervisors, but the student should be the first author, or the second author if his/her supervisor is the first author.


Dissertations: All doctoral students are expected to present an oral defense of their dissertation proposal to the faculty dissertation committee. Their doctoral dissertation research must be original and significant for related literature. Before a final oral thesis defense, the dissertation must pass an anonymous review process, in which five reviewers will be randomly chosen from the academic reviewer pool. Only when a doctoral student successfully passes his/her final oral thesis defense and meet all requirements by the program, will he/she be considered to completion of the entire doctoral program and entitled to earn a PhD degree from Peking University.


Committee structure: Right after entering the program, each doctoral student will be assigned a mentor, who will provide advice and guidance in course selection as well as opportunities to learn how to do research. Upon mutual agreement, doctoral students may change mentors at the end of each semester.

At the end of each academic year, a faculty committee in each major area or concentration of study will evaluate doctoral students performance and issue suggestions or warnings based on assessment results.

A formal advisor will be assigned to a doctoral student upon successful passage of the comprehensive examination, at which time a dissertation committee will be formed, generally containing five faculty members, one of which must be a professor from outside Guanghua.

Financial Support

Doctoral candidates that conduct high-quality academic research and engage with the international academic community will be provided with travel allowances to present their papers at top international conferences, such as AOM, AEA and AIB SIOP. In addition, doctoral candidates in their junior year, have the opportunity to attend a renowned institution abroad for academic exchange.

In addition to scholarships available at both the university and school level, students may also obtain financial support via research or teaching assistantship during their period of study. Since 2013, Guanghua School of Management Dean’s Research Fund was set up to sponsor doctoral candidates to complete innovative and cut-edge research projects.



Some majors only accept applicants with master degrees, as indicated below:


5-year study

(for Bachelor holders)

4-year study

(for Master holders)

Applied Economics
(National Economics, Industrial Economics)






Business Statistics and Econometrics



Management science and engineering






Organizational behavior and human resources management (IPH.D)



Marketing (IPH.D)



Strategic management (IPH.D)




PhD program accepts both Chinese and international applicants. All international applicants are required to provide official documents certifying their English and Chinese language levels, and applicants interested in the three IPH.D concentrations should demonstrate an advanced level of English proficiency in addition to other required application materials.Please refer to for international application.


Employment Fields

 Over 70% graduates enter excellent universities at home and abroad, such as PKU, TH, RUC, SYSU, SIUC, Melb, UVT, SNU, UNSW, ANU.


Admission info

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Contact Info

Graduate Program Office

Guanghua School of Management, Peking University, Beijing, 100871, China

Tel86-10-6274 7015; 86-10-6274 7014

Fax86-10-6275 1471

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