Carnegie Mellon University

Ph.D. Program Fields of Study

There are eight focused fields of study within the doctoral program. We also offer joint Ph.D. degrees in conjunction with other world-class colleges across the university campus.


We provide rigorous training in accounting and related disciplines of economics, behavior science, finance, mathematics and other social science research methods.

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Business Technologies

This program emphasizes the design, use and evaluation of systems in supporting decision-making in key, information-intensive business arenas.

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Graduates have exceptional research training in economic theory and the quantitative tools required for innovative research on complex economic problems.

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Financial Economics

This field devotes attention to the study of the effects of information, attitudes toward risk, taxation, macroeconomic fluctuations, and security market prices.

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Studies include brand-choice models, analytical and structural models, marketing/operations interface, marketing/IT interface and theories of consumer behavior.

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Operations Management

Includes a range of interests ranging from quantitative modeling to empirical studies using tools from OR, stochastic processes, AI, statistics, econometrics and economics.

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Organizational Behavior and Theory

We provide broad, interdisciplinary training with CMU’s engineering, public policy, human-computer interaction, social and decision sciences and psychology departments.

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Operations Research

Study encompasses analytics leading to decision-making algorithms, the development of new models for management science applications and controlled experimentation.

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Joint Ph.D. Programs

Interdisciplinary degrees offered in conjunction with other world-class colleges and academic departments at Carnegie Mellon University.

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