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What will I learn?

The Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources faculty at Singapore Management University, are very enthusiastic about our Ph.D. programme. We could imagine few things as rewarding as helping to develop the next generation of OBHR scholars. Having gone through the process ourselves, we recognize that there are a number of important questions you face as you make decisions about where to do your doctoral studies. We hope that the information provided on these pages answers most of your questions.

The Ph.D. in Business (Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources) aims to equip doctoral students with the knowledge, skills, and ability to conduct highly-rigorous research in OBHR. The programme is designed to prepare students for an academic career in OBHR in major research universities worldwide. We aim to provide students with the ability to publish in the top OBHR journals of our field such as Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, and Organisational Behaviour and Human Decision Processes, to successfully present their research findings at academic conferences worldwide, and to successfully teach university-level OBHR classes.

The programme includes:

Intellectually-stimulating curriculum emphasizing psychological foundations of organisational behaviour and human resources, statistics, and research methods

Training in research from the very beginning of the program, including research design, data collection, manuscript writing, and navigating the journal review process

Preparation for and experience in teaching OBHR at the university level

Our Ph.D. programme is intentionally small, with an average expected intake of about three to four students per year. This allows us to select very high-potential students, and enables each student to have very close working and mentoring relationships with OBHR faculty members.

Each student will be involved in multiple research projects with multiple faculty members beginning with the first term of study. Through these assignments, students will have ample opportunity to learn the craft of research through hands-on work (research design, data collection, data analysis, manuscript preparation, conference presentation, manuscript publication) in addition to the required Ph.D. coursework.

The curriculum consists of

  • 6 Foundation courses (6 course units)
  • 2 Electives (2 course units)
  • 4 Advanced Research Topics (ART) courses (4 course units)

The programme also requires the preparation and completion of a PhD Dissertation (28 course units).

Which department am I in?

Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
SG$22,050.00 (12,45,059) per year
Registration Fee (One-time): SG $500

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

15 August 2022


Lee Kong Chian School of Business

Singapore Management University,

50 Stamford Road,

178899, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed at least a good Bachelor’s degree. A Master’s degree is useful but not required. Good GRE or GMAT results.

For international students

  • Undergraduate Bachelor's degree from a reputable college or university
  • GRE or GMAT

About Singapore Management University (SMU)

QS Stars Asian University Rankings awarded Singapore Management University 5-star ratings for overall excellence and employability.

  • Recognised as a world-class research institution
  • Master of IT in business - in top 2 in Asia & 14th globally
  • MSc in wealth management - 1st in Asia and 3rd globally
  • 90 per cent of MBA graduates secured an internship in 2020

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