PhD in Organizational Behavior Admission Information


  • The desire to study questions and design inquiries that have a positive impact on the world
  • The ability to articulate well-thought-out questions and hypotheses that align to some degree with ongoing research in the department
  • Quantitative skills applied during research
  • The ability to aquire rigorous research skills
  • The desire to work with individuals, groups, organizations, and/or communities who are interested in theory-driven intervention in social systems

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted during a window from December 1st to January 5th each year. Those whose applications show promise will then be advised to contact faculty members in their intended area of specialization to exchange more specific information and, if at all possible, to come to campus for personal interviews. If selected, international applicants will be offered the opportunity to interview via Skype or Adobe Connect.

Please note that we admit approximately four students into this prestigious program each year.

Applications Accepted: December 1 – January 5
Notification: March 1


We offer a full tuition waiver for four years of doctoral study along with a monthly stipend (currently $1,700) for the first two years. Subject to minor changes from year to year, the stipend is competitive with other institutions. After the first two years, teaching and research assistantships, together with ongoing funded faculty projects, are available for students to engage in as they gain experience in teaching and research. Other funding sources may also be available within and outside the department.

Required Application Materials

The following materials will be required to complete your application:

  • Transcripts
  • Standardized test scores:
    • GMAT (code WTJ-F1-10) or GRE (code 1105-02)
    • An English proficiency exam score for non-native English speakers
  • Statement of objectives/research interest
  • Current resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Application fee: $50
  • A written piece that shows your writing and thinking skills, such as a proposal, report, or class paper. Your written submission should be a minimum of five pages long, but no more than 10.

Note: Applications are accepted from December 1 to January 5; submit your application during this window. Detailed instructions are available in our online application.

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Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University

10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7235 USA