Organization and Human Resources


  • Studies in Organization and Human Resources (OHR) focus on the behavior of individuals and groups in organizations, the relations between individuals and organizations, organizations themselves, and the behavioral/social science foundations of these subjects.

    For the most part, specific class information is not explicitly listed on this page because of uncertainty as to when classes will be offered. Be sure to speak with your faculty advisor when deciding which classes you need to take to plan your curriculum according to class prerequisites and progression in the program.

Major Requirements

First Year Second Year Third and Fourth Years

Fall Semester

  • One topical seminar in OHR
  • One statistics course. Suggested courses:
    • Statistical methods
    • Linear regression

Spring Semester

  • One topical seminar in OHR
  • One or two statistics courses. Suggested courses:
    • Statistical methods
    • Linear regression
    • Psychometric theory
    • Structural equation modeling

First-Year Paper

The first-year paper in the OHR PhD program gives students the opportunity to exercise their literature review and proposition-building skills. Students will formulate a research question, review the literature, build propositions, and in OHR we recommend that students present their final paper in the summer after their first year in the program. Ideally, students will continue to refine their papers into empirical pieces that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

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Minors Outside of the School of Management

Students in OHR have generally earned minors in statistics. However, students are also welcome to seek minors in other departments. Students who would like to seek minors should discuss this with their advisor, the OHR PhD coordinator, and the OHR department chair (all of whom must approve the minor). In the past, students have typically sought minors in the following departments:

  • Statistics
  • Social psychology
  • Sociology
  • Economics
  • Strategy