The management doctoral program at Michigan State University has a strong track record of placing students at top research universities. Our roster of current Ph.D. students as well as placement information for the last decade can be found below. In addition, find testimonials from some of our esteemed alumni.

Current Students

Nikhil Awasty

Nikhil Awasty

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2021

Brian Burgess

Brian Burgess

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

Bryan Cornfield

Bryan Cornfield

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2021

Jocelyn Alisa Dana-Lê

Jocelyn Alisa Dana-Lê

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

Hadi Faqihi

Hadi Faqihi

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2021

Zhiya Guo

Zhiya Guo

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2020

Rachel Hahn

Rachel Hahn

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2024

Ryan Hemsley

Ryan Hemsley

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2022

Jooyoung Kim

Jooyoung Kim

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2021

Hun Whee Lee

Hun Whee Lee

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2020

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2021

Shuqi Li

Shuqi Li

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

Ya Liu

Ya Liu

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2024

Junghyun Mah

Junghyun Mah

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

Stefan Maric

Stefan Maric

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

James Matusik

James Matusik

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2020

Rebecca Mitchell

Rebecca Mitchell

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2022

Stefan Wuorinen

Stefan Wuorinen

Area of Study: Strategic Management
Expected Graduation Year: 2022

Henry Young

Henry Young

Area of Study: Organizational Behavior
Expected Graduation Year: 2023

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Jason A. Colquitt

  • William Harry Willson Distinguished Chair and Professor
  • Department of Management
  • Terry College of Business, University of Georgia

Simply no better place to earn a Ph.D.

Training doctoral students is a top priority for the faculty in the management department, which sets them apart from the faculties in many other leading business schools. My five years in Michigan State’s Ph.D. program were among the most professionally rewarding and personally enjoyable years of my life.

The faculty excels at the mentoring of doctoral students and the planning and execution of doctoral seminars. Moreover, students learn from one another because the strength of the program creates talented cohorts that can serve as powerful role models for success. As a result, students learn more in MSU’s program than in virtually any other place.

Michigan State’s program does more than just impart knowledge and skill, however. The culture of the department and the mentoring styles of the faculty make students excited about becoming scholars. Every year spent in that program made me more and more excited about becoming a professor and a scientist. It’s impossible to overstate the importance of that sense of intrinsic enthusiasm, as one factor that unites the most accomplished scholars in our field is that they love what they do. MSU’s faculty members clearly love what they do — and that passion gets transferred to their students. There’s simply no better place to earn a Ph.D.

 

Dr. Colquitt’s research interests are organizational justice, trust, team effectiveness, and personality influences on task and learning performance.

He is the former editor of the Academy of Management Journal, and he has served (or currently serves) on the following editorial boards:

  • Academy of Management Journal
  • Journal of Applied Psychology
  • Personnel Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
  • Journal of Management

Student Placements

2018

  • Stephanie Kunst, Baylor University
  • Anna Lennard, Oklahoma State University
  • Kyoungjo (Jo) Oh, University of Connecticut
  • Lingling Pan, University of Pittsburgh

2017

  • Szu-Han (Joanna) Lin, University of Massachusetts

2016

  • Fadel Matta, University of Georgia
  • Jonathan Miles, University of Cincinnati (now at Rice University)
  • Adam Steinbach, University of South Carolina

2015

  • Daniel Chaffin, University of Nebraska–Kearney
  • Daniel Gamache, University of Georgia

2014

  • Michael Howe, University of Alabama (now at Iowa State University)
  • Joel Koopman, University of Cincinnati (now at Texas A&M University)
  • Chang Wang, City University of Hong Kong

2013

  • You Jin Kim, California State University–Dominguez Hills (now at Temple University)
  • Klodiana Lanaj, University of Florida
  • Chunyan Peng, Western Ontario University

2012

  • Seungho Choi, Ewha Womans University
  • Robert Davison, Texas Tech University (now at University of Kansas)
  • Elizabeth Karam, Texas Tech University
  • Kalin Kolev, California State University–Fullerton (now at Marquette University)
  • Dustin Sleesman, University of Delaware

2011

  • Nikos Dimotakis, Georgia State University (now at University of Nebraska)

2010

  • Matthias Spitzmuller, National University of Singapore (now at Queen’s University)

2009

  • Mathias Arrfelt, Arizona State University
  • Christopher Barnes, Westpoint Academy (now at University of Washington)
  • Bernadine Dykes, University of Delaware (now at Shenandoah University)
  • Jennifer Nahrgang, Arizona State University
  • David Wagner, Singapore Management University (now at University of Oregon)
  • Kelly Wilson, Purdue University

2008

  • Michael Mannor, University of Notre Dame
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Scott DeRue

  • Dean
  • Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

The people make the place

Michigan State was the perfect place for me to learn, grow, and begin my career as an academic. As I reflect back on my years as a doctoral student, I am reminded of just how profound and developmental the experience was for me personally and professionally.

The faculty are not only among the world’s best and most productive researchers, but they are also deeply committed to doctoral education. Before I even arrived on campus, I knew the faculty at Michigan State wanted and even expected me to excel and that they were going to do everything in their power to support and enable me to achieve my dreams. This commitment lives on even today, as I continue to draw on Michigan State faculty for advice and support.

The students — your fellow doctoral students — are amazing. In my first year, I shared an office with Stephen Humphrey and he embodied for me the definition of a wonderful colleague. Stephen was a senior-level student; I was new to the field and had many questions. Stephen helped me to learn the art and science of research and academic writing, and I will forever be grateful. Similarly, I recall earning a low score on a paper in my strategy seminar. A senior student, Frederico Aime, offered perspective and guidance that I still remember to this day. Most importantly, the students at Michigan State created a culture focused on learning from each other, celebrating each other’s successes and supporting each other during the challenging times. Many of my fellow students remain both friends and colleagues.

The alumni — those who came before you — are deeply committed to Michigan State history, tradition and community. You will share a common bond and connection with some of the world’s best academics, and you will find the alumni network to be even more supportive that you can imagine. I find myself routinely calling on my fellow Michigan State alumni for advice, counsel and support — and I will forever be grateful to be part of the Michigan State community.

Ben Schneider was correct: “The people make the place.” And Michigan State has the people who make it one of the best places in the world for doctoral education.