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Phd in Strategy


A minimum of 13 semester courses at doctoral level are required. Each semester students will consult with the Strategy faculty coordinators to receive approval of their course selections.

Foundational Courses (2 courses)

MICROECONOMICS THEORY: A comprehensive two semester sequence on economic theory:

  • Microeconomic Theory I (Economics 2020a)
  • Microeconomic Theory II (Economics 2020b)
Research Methods Courses (4 courses)

Students must take four research methods courses, including one course in research design.

Courses that fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Econometrics 
  • Introduction to Applied Econometrics 
  • Econometric Methods 
  • Time Series Analysis 
  • Advanced Applied Econometrics 
  • Computational Economics
  • Seminar in Applied Statistical Methods 
  • Intermediate Statistical Analysis in Psychology 
  • Multivariate Analysis in Psychology 
  • Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 
  • Analysis of Longitudinal Data 
  • Probability Theory 
  • Multivariate Statistical Analysis 

Research methods courses that meet the research design course requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology 
  • Design of Field Research Methods 
  • Empirical Methods in Corporate Finance 
  • Experimental Methods 
  • Matched Sampling and Study Design 
  • Program Evaluation: Estimating Program Effectiveness with Empirical Analysis 
Additional Doctoral Courses (7 courses)

Strategy students are required to take five additional doctoral courses.

  • The Foundations of Strategy 
  • Either Empirical and Analytical Methods for Strategy Research The Economics of International Business
  • Two breadth courses
  • Three elective doctoral courses
MBA Courses (2 courses)


All students without an MBA degree are required to complete two case-based NU MBA courses.



Research Seminars (recommended 1 course)

Students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in seminars throughout their program. In the third year, students are required to attend:

  • Strategy Unit Seminar
  • Strategy Doctoral Workshop