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Ph.D. Program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology at Virginia Tech

  • 1.  Ph.D. Program in Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Technology at Virginia Tech

    Posted 12-04-2023 09:45

     Ph.D. Program in Management

    Concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology

    Pamplin College of Business

    Virginia Polytechnic and State University


    We are accepting applications for admission to the Ph.D. Program in Management at Virginia Tech for the cohort of students beginning in Fall 2024, particularly in the areas of strategic management, entrepreneurship, innovation, and technology.  Final applications are due January 15, 2024.


    Our customizable, student-centric Doctoral Program prepares individuals for careers as scholars at research universities around the world. Recent graduates have accepted appointments at outstanding U.S. institutions such as University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Alabama-Birmingham, Auburn, Rutgers, San Diego State, and Michigan Tech, as well as leading international research universities, including Nanjing University. Ph.D. students work closely with leading scholars throughout their program of studies through a mentorship, advisory, and apprenticeship program that aims to address the interests and needs of each student in a highly individualized fashion.


    The program of study typically requires four years of full-time study. Upon completion of the core seminars in theory and methods, students specialize in one or more of the management sub-disciplines, while undertaking a highly customized degree program that is developed in consultation with their respective faculty mentors. Given the breadth of doctoral programs in the Pamplin College of Business and the varied research domains comprising Virginia Tech's research ecosystem, Ph.D. students have the opportunity to take doctoral coursework with leading scholars campus-wide. After advancing to candidacy, students will earn a Ph.D. by developing and defending a dissertation embodying an original contribution to the field.


    All students receive graduate assistantship support and waiver of all tuition charges. The current stipend is $34,000 per year, with multiple opportunities to supplement this base amount through fellowships, scholarships, and other grants. For the first two years of the program, students receive guaranteed summer research funding. Thereafter, students are eligible for an array of departmental, College, and University scholarships of $7,500 per summer. Students also receive generous support for conference attendance, data purchases, and other research-related expenses.


    Recent faculty research has been published in the field's top journals, such as: Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Annals, Journal of Management, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Strategic Management Journal, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Journal of Business Venturing. Recent recognition for the Department includes winning the GCEC Award for Exceptional Contributions in Entrepreneurship Research and being recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the top institutions for the study of entrepreneurship. The program's close association with the Apex Center for Entrepreneurs enables doctoral students to work as Research Fellows of the Center during and after their doctoral studies. Doctoral students are viewed and treated as junior colleagues and as indispensable contributors to Pamplin's research ecosystem. The tight-knit group of faculty, students, and program alumni offer extensive opportunities for research collaborations with leading strategy and entrepreneurship scholars – including Cindy Devers, Devi Gnyawali, Bev Tyler, Karen Schnatterly, Donald Hatfield, David Townsend, Pankaj Kumar, Rick Hunt, Trey Lewis, Kiran Awate, and Joe Simpson -- as well as ongoing career support and a community of engaged scholarship.


    VT, located in beautiful Blacksburg, Virginia, is a vibrant, Carnegie R1 institution, comprised of nearly 40,000 students and 5,000 faculty, known throughout the world for its novel contributions to scientific discovery and development. Growth in the university's research scope has been impressive and sustained. An extensive array of innovative new initiatives continues to place VT at the leading edge of managerial and organizational research. In recent years, VT embarked upon a yet another major expansion through the announcement of its new Graduate Innovation Campus in concert with Amazon's HQ2 in Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia. The one million square-foot project will position VT as a world leader in technology research and the development of next-gen products and services. The Pamplin College of Business and Department of Management are intimately connected to this unfolding vision, benefiting current and prospective doctoral students as well as the Program's distinguished alumni.


    More information about: (a) the academic structure of the Ph.D. Program, (b) past student placements and (c) web links to current faculty and Ph.D. students may be found at:


    The VT application portal may be found at:


    Specific research-related questions of potential applicants may be emailed to any Management faculty member by following the link above to faculty web pages, or by contacting the Director of Doctoral Studies in Management, Dr. Richard A. Hunt [rickhunt@vt.edu]

    Admissions-related questions may be sent to the doctoral program administrator, Ms. Kara Mullins [mkara@vt.edu]

    The application deadline is January 15, 2024.

    Richard Hunt, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship
    Research Director - Apex Center for Entrepreneurs
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg VA