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Why a Marshall Ph.D.?

Welcome to the Ph.D. program at USC’s Marshall School of Business.

Our program offers doctorates in the areas of accounting, finance and business economics, management and organization, marketing, operations management and statistics. Our flexible program, rigorous courses of study and top-rated faculty prepare our students to become professors at the best business schools in the world, where we expect them to serve as leading thinkers in their fields. We invite highly motivated and intellectually curious students with backgrounds in business, economics, psychology, sociology, mathematics/statistics, computer science and engineering to apply.

Broad-Based Expertise.

Marshall's 120 research-active faculty represent a broad swath of the business domain.

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Award-Winning Researchers.

Marshall ranks in the top 15 of all business research universities in the world.

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Unparalleled Mentoring Opportunities.

Our goal is to foster publication success in top academic journals and confidence in teaching.

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Flexible Programs of Study.

Our curriculum is designed for flexibility, providing numerous opportunities for elective courses.

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Competitive Assistantships.

Our program features a competitive Assistantship package guaranteed for four years. Students who make satisfactory progress receive funding in the 5th year.

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A Rich, Multicultural Environment.

USC is a vibrant community of 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Exciting Life in Los Angeles.

USC's central location is minutes from downtown Los Angeles, with easy access to cultural and gustatory highlights.

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Paul Adler

Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy and Professor of Management and Organization

PhD, University of Picardie; DEA, EHESS

Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, where he holds the Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy. He began his education in Australia and moved to France in 1974, where he received his doctorate in Economics and Management while working as a Research Economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was affiliated with the Brookings Institution, Columbia University, Harvard Business School, and Stanford's School of Engineering. He currently serves as President of the Academy of Management.