PhD in Management

Research that matters.

The doctoral program in Management is a unique opportunity for students to pursue innovative research that connects theory, knowledge, and business practice together through a transdisciplinary approach. Students engage in dynamic research empowered by the distinct principles of Peter Drucker’s philosophy of management as a human-centered endeavor that empowers the common good.

Our program is typically completed in five years of full-time study. The first three years are typically course-based, following a core curriculum of Drucker management theory, along with business analytics and research methodologies. We offer the opportunity to develop a personalized curriculum based on the student’s interests by taking courses not only within the management program but also in departments across the university, such as economics, organizational psychology, information systems, and more.

The program is academically rigorous, yet flexible, as students work closely with faculty on robust research relevant to critical issues affecting management practices worldwide. Students will produce research, publications, and a dissertation in the final three years of the program.

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Program Highlights
  • Building on Peter Drucker’s management principles and his legacy of innovation, the PhD will allow you explore and examine important issues in management
  • Determine your own pace – take classes while employed and transfer up to 24 units from master’s level coursework completed at an accredited institution
  • Learn research methodologies from multiple departments at CGU to create original, transdisciplinary research that breaks new ground
  • Your degree is AACSB accredited—the highest standard for business education

Program At-a-glance

  • 72 units

    required units

  • PhD in Management

    degree awarded

  • Hybrid


  • Spring, Fall

    program start

  • 5 years | full time*

    estimated completion time

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Adriana Leake

Assistant Director of Admissions


Michael Mirabella

Director of Recruitment for the Drucker School of Management



  • Portrait of Bernie Jaworski

    Bernie Jaworski

    Peter F. Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts

    Research Interests

    Client Management, Leadership, Management, Marketing, Strategy

  • Kristine Kawamura

    Kristine Kawamura

    Clinical Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Responsible management, Care (as a strategic resource), Values-based management systems, Leadership, Organizational strategy and culture, Cross cultural competence, Human performance and resilience

  • Jay Prag

    Jay Prag

    Clinical Full Professor
    Academic Director
    Faculty Coordinator, Center for Business & Management of the Arts

    Research Interests

    Corporate Finance, Investments, Economics of Strategy, Macroeconomics

  • Portrait of Vijay Sathe

    Vijay Sathe

    C.S. & D.J. Davidson Chair and Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Family business, Mindful revitalization, Creative economy, The Effective Executive, Managing Change

  • David Sprott

    David Sprott

    Henry Y. Hwang Dean, Drucker School of Management
    Professor of Marketing

    Research Interests

    Retailing, branding, influence strategies, marketing public policy

  • Hideki Yamawaki

    Hideki Yamawaki

    Ito Chair of International Business and Professor of Management

    Research Interests

    Design Thinking, Competitive Strategy, International Business, International Trade, and Foreign Direct Investment

  • Portrait of Gary Gaukler

    Gary Gaukler

    Full Professor

    Research Interests

    Analytics, Innovation, Operations management, Management, RFID and sensors, Supply chain management, Technology

  • Portrait of Jeremy Hunter

    Jeremy Hunter

    Associate Professor of Practice
    Founding Director, Executive Mind Leadership Institute

    Research Interests

    Mindfulness, Self-management, Executive mind

  • Portrait of Katharina Pick

    Katharina Pick

    Clinical Associate Professor

    Research Interests

    Organizational behavior, Teams, Organizational theory, Leadership, Corporate governance, Power and influence

  • Portrait of James Wallace

    James Wallace

    Associate Professor of Accounting

    Research Interests

    Accounting, Finance, Financial statement analysis, Sustainability

  • Munirpallam A. Venkataramanan

    Munirpallam A. Venkataramanan

    University Professor

    Research Interests

    Supply Chain Management, Decision Support Systems, Optimization Techniques


The program requires 72 semester units of coursework as follows:

  • Drucker Philosophy (2 units)
  • MGT PhD Core Seminars (4 units)
  • Methods courses (6-10 units)
    • Survey of Methods (2 units)
    • Two additional methods courses from any CGU department (4-8 units)
  • 4 units of transdisciplinary studies (TNDY) course(s)
  • 32 units of management (MGT) courses in addition to the required courses above
  • Additional units adding up to at least 72 total

Up to 24 units may be transferred in from a previous Master’s degree.

Application Guidelines

Requirements Summary

Item Description
Application Fee $80
Official Transcripts Yes
Statement of Purpose Yes
Interview Yes
Other Requirements Three years work experience recommended

Key Dates and Deadlines

CGU operates on a priority deadline cycle and applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit complete applications by the priority dates in order to assure maximum consideration for both admission and fellowships.

Spring 2024
Priority Deadline – November 1, 2023
Final Deadline (International) – November 15, 2023
Final Deadline (Domestic) – December 1, 2023
Classes begin – January 16, 2024

Fall 2024
Priority Deadline – February 1, 2024
Final Deadline (International) – July 5, 2024
Final Deadline (Domestic) – August 1, 2024
Classes begin – August 26, 2024

Deadline Details

Once the priority deadlines have passed, the University will continue to review applications for qualified candidates on a competitive, space-available basis. The final deadlines listed are the last date the University can accept an application in order to allow sufficient time to complete the admissions, financial aid, and other enrollment processes.

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Cost & Aid

Tuition and Fees

Program 72 units
Tuition per unit* $2,020

*Based on 2023-2024 tuition rates.


$245 Student Fee
$150 Technology Fee
International Student Services Fee*: $661 fall semester, $776 spring semester
**Applies to all international students (F-1 visa only) who are registered in coursework, doctoral study, or continuous registration. The fee is assessed each fall and spring semester for annual ISO accident and sickness plans and administrative fees. Subject to change.

For estimates of room & board, books, etc., please download CGU’s Cost of Attendance 2022-2023 .

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