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Minority Doctoral Students Associations

A strong support network is a key success factor in the journey to PhD. That’s why The PhD Project created five Minority Doctoral Students Associations (DSA’s) exclusively to support our members who are pursuing business doctoral degrees in Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing. And it’s working — the completion rate among our doctoral students is over 90% as compared to a less than 70% national average.

Our DSA minority doctoral students and alumni faculty members provide invaluable support, encouragement and insights to each other. Many of our members have stated that without this peer support, they would not have made it through their doctoral programs.

Our DSA members have the opportunity to meet both in person and virtually:

DSA Summer Conferences
Each summer, The PhD Project DSA’s meet in conjunction with the major professional association for their industry. All expenses for minority doctoral student members are covered to attend The PhD Project conferences and the related professional association conferences allowing our members to network with leading academics in their fields. And, we invite The PhD Project faculty members to join us at the reception and dinner held on the final evening of each conference. Please click here for a listing of this year’s events.

The MyPhDNetwork knowledge sharing site provides daily networking, peer support, mentoring and joint research opportunities for our student members throughout their doctoral programs and beyond as they proceed into faculty and administration roles. Feel free to visit the site and search by discipline, geography or academic institution to connect with our members.

To be eligible for membership in our Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management or Marketing DSA, you must be:

  • African-American, Hispanic-American or Native American
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident
  • admitted to, or enrolled in, a full-time, AACSB-accredited U.S. business doctoral program

If you would like more information about membership in The PhD Project contact Myrna Varner at myrnavarner@kpmg.com.