Doctoral Programs in Entrepreneurship

Revised: 12/11/19


This is part of eWeb's efforts to document entrepreneurship education's infrastructure. The list below gives the names of universities around the world teaching entrepreneurship at the doctoral level. The section entitled "Schools With Organized Programs" tries to cover those schools which have an announced degree, major, concentration, minor, or area of focus in entrepreneurship or a closely related field (e.g. small business, family business, SME studies, etc.).

The section entitled "Schools With Doctoral Faculty and/or Students in Entrepreneurship" tries to cover schools where (a) one or more faculty whose primary area of research is entrepreneurship AND who have doctoral teaching or training responsibility, or (b) one or more doctoral-level students are currently doing research in entrepreneurship or the school has an established track record of doctoral student graduates with a research in entrepreneurship.

The lists below are intended to focus on accredited programs, and particularly schools operating in English (or who at least schools who have English-lanuage websites). Note that there are easily twice that number of unaccredited schools offering doctorates. Its helpful to keep in mind that doctoral opportunities in entrepreneurship occur in three forms:

  • Of the schools listed there are now 85 (up from 12 in 2002, 36 in 2015, and 76 in 2016) that have formal, organized programs in entrepreneurship. This is the first list below.
  • In the second approach, offer a doctorate in a conventional area, but provide support through research, classes, faculty, or infrastructure for students to specialize their research and teaching in entrepreneurship. This is the second list below.
  • The third approach exists in almost any school with a Ph.D. offered in business. In these schools a student can arrange to specialize in entrepreneurship. Most often this is done by means of an individualized major - a one-time program contracted by the student with the school. Such schools are not listed.

Although we remain keenly interested in doctoral education, SLU is not on this list. While the Chaifetz School of Business offers a Ph.D., it is in the area of International Business and Marketing, and does not offer a way to get a specialization in Entrepreneurship.

Schools With Organized Programs (and nature of degree offered with hotlinks where possible)

Schools With Doctoral Faculty and/or Students in Entrepreneurship

The List: History and Contact Information

The first list of Ph.D. Programs in Entrepreneurship was distributed on paper by Harold Welsch of DePaul University. An early version of the list was posted to EGOPHER, and has since 1991 been maintained by Jerry Katz at Saint Louis University.

This revision of the list benefitted from a major contribution from Sonali Patel, a JD/MBA student at Saint Louis University, and Colin Nelson of AACSB, as well as the PhDPortal list in entrepreneurship. Additional contributions came from Kevin Taylor, Helena Yli-Renko, David Townsend, Susan Cohen, David Williams, Daan Hsu, Daniel Chun, Efe Imiren and Joel Alan Adams. 

Individuals with questions, comments or additions please contact:

Professor Jerry Katz (
Department of Management, Saint Louis University 
St. Louis, MO 63108 
314-977-3864 voice 

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