1475 Lawrence Street

What: Informational Session: Graduate, 4+1, and Diverse Doctorate Programs in Business

When: Friday, 9/23/22 from 10- 11:30 AM

Where: Business School Building, room 4500 (in-person and zoom options available)

Register by 9/20/22 here: https://ucdenverdata.formstack.com/forms/9_23_22_informational_workshop_on_grad_4_1_and_ddb


Join us on Friday, 9/23/22, for an informational session on graduate degree options at the Business School, including our MBA programs, MS programs, our 4+1 degrees, and the Diverse Doctorates in Business (DDB) program! This session will highlight graduate school scholarships and other funding options, and the value of a graduate degree and earnings potential over the length of a career.

Read below for more details on the DDB program! Coffee and donuts provided.


Diverse Doctorates in Business

We want more of our diverse undergraduate and masters-level students across the CU System to consider pursuing a PhD in a business discipline so that business school faculty will be representative of the diverse students attaining business degrees. We received funding from the CU System to support students to work in 6-hour per week research assistantships with a faculty mentor. The goal is hone students’ writing and data analytics skills, potentially building credentials for applying to top business school PhD programs.



To have truly inclusive business school programs for an increasingly diverse student body, students of color should be able to see themselves in the faculty.  Nationally, however just 4% of U.S. business school professors are Black Americans and 3% are Latinx Americans. The pool of recent PhD candidates looks very similar in racial / ethnic composition. Business schools also have a way to go in gender diversity, with males outnumbering females by roughly 2 to 1 on business school faculties.

This CU Diverse Doctorates in Business program is an effort to encourage more of the best and brightest diverse undergraduate students in the University of Colorado system to choose to be a part of the solution by choosing careers as business professors.  Many of our diverse students are first generation with aims to make a better economic life for themselves and their families by jobs in industry or government; they may therefore be unlikely to consider an academic career without encouragement.  But business PhDs offer things that might be particularly appealing to those students –engagement with the business community and consequent opportunities to have impact in business and society, a relatively robust academic job market, and high compensation relative to a number of other academic fields.  

The CU Diverse Doctorates in Business program aims to attract a diverse group of promising undergraduate and masters students and introduce them to business research at the doctoral level.

We strongly encourage applications from women and underrepresented groups, as well as from others whose backgrounds and experience would bring additional dimensions to the educational experience.

Questions? Please contact UCD faculty member Traci Sitzmann (traci.sitzmann@ucdenver.edu). 


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