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Management (PHD) - Marketing 
Program Description

The goal of the Department of Marketing’ Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program is to provide students with world-class training in research and teaching and prepare them for faculty positions at major research universities world-wide.

The doctoral program in marketing at The University of Arizona offers:

  • Full-time program (normally 4-5 years)
  • Fields of study include consumer culture, consumer psychology, marketing, modeling, and marketing strategy*
  • Encompasses theories and methodologies from anthropology, communications, economics, management, psychology, sociology, and marketing

Only a small number of Ph.D. students are admitted each year, enabling students to work closely with faculty members and acquire a solid foundation in theory formulation, research design, and methodological skills.

Students enjoy minimal teaching loads, small class sizes, close faculty mentoring relationships, a collegial atmosphere, competitive funding for research and conferences, and access to a variety of support tools for research and teaching.

* Note: Management is the major of all Eller College Ph.D. students, with specialty defined by coursework in a major and minor field. For other specializations within Eller College, visit Eller College Doctoral Programs.


Department/Academic Unit(s)

Management & Organizations -

The Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, and excellence in entrepreneurship. The College is AACSB accredited and leads the nation’s business schools in generating grant funds for research and supports more than 4,500 undergraduate and 600 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.

The University of Arizona is located in the heart of Tucson, Arizona, a metropolitan area of more than one million people. Surrounded by mountains and the exotic Sonoran desert, this area enjoys 350 days of sunshine per year. The UA is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), a group of 62 leading U.S. universities distinguished by the breadth and quality of their programs in research and graduate education. The UA has 20 colleges and over 160 degrees from top-ranked programs in physical and life sciences, business and management, and social sciences.

College of Management  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Lesleigh Marie Zerby
Graduate Program Coordinator
Lesleigh Marie Zerby
Director of Graduate Studies
Melanie Wallendorf
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Lauren Joiner
Tuition and Fees
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

*Complete application online at

*$85 application fee

* Resume 

* Statement of Purpose 

* 3 Letters of Recommendation (minimum)

  -Preferably from academics but business or personal associates will be accepted.

* Official transcripts (both Graduate and Undergraduate) 

* GMAT and/or GRE scores

  -If you have not yet received your official scores, we will accept an unofficial copy until the official one arrives from ETS.

* TOEFL or IELTS scores (if applicable)


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Financial Aid
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Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 6

International Applicants:

  • Fall: December 15
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

The equivalent of at least six semesters of full-time graduate study is required for the Ph.D. A minimum of 36 units of coursework in the area of the major subject, 9 units in the minor subject, and 18 units of dissertation must be completed.  Most students will take more than the minimum number of units for a given degree.

All required units of credit counted toward the degree must be taken for graduate credit, including any courses transferred from another institution.  The only exception is that students admitted to the program prior to Fall 2014 may use up to 6 units of 400-level credit taken at the University of Arizona in the minor if not used toward an undergraduate degree. (These units will not receive graduate credit or be calculated in the graduate grade-point average.)  At least 22 units (i.e. half the required coursework) on the Doctoral Plan of Study must be in courses in which regular grades (A, B, C) have been earned. Courses with grade D cannot be counted toward a graduate degree. A minimum of 12 units of regular grades taken at the University of Arizona are required to establish the G.P.A.

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Last revised 10 Oct 2016