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Why a Pre-Ph.D. Pathway?

Addressing a pressing need in the marketplace, the UTSA Carlos Alvarez College of Business Pre-Ph.D. pathway provides students with experience in research necessary to be a competitive candidate for top-rated business and economics Ph.D. programs.

The primary audience for this program is undergraduate and graduate business students, but it is open to other areas across majors such as engineering, computer science, etc. The program will cultivate a student’s interest in pursuing a doctoral education. Given the need for under-represented minorities in higher education, and UTSA’s status as a Hispanic Serving Institution, this program will be vital in training the next generation of faculty members.

The goal is to make this program the premier recruitment vehicle for research-intensive universities as they seek to find and enroll candidates for their Ph.D. programs. This program will partner with the Ph.D. Project and the KPMG Foundation to help fulfill this mission.

For more information about the Pre-Ph.D. program, contact program Executive Director Hamid Beladi at (210) 458-7038.

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The Ph.D. ProjectParticipating University

Pathway Benefits

  • Develop transferrable research skills
  • Learn how to execute a research project
  • Enhance your presentation skills
  • Gain access to industry mentors and contacts
  • Participate in Ph.D. Project events and conferences

Pathway Features

  • The program includes a three-course series taught by talented research faculty that can serve as role models and mentors for students in the program.
  • Interact with current Ph.D. students and attend research workshops
  • Present at a research symposium
  • Students will be highly-competitive applicants for the Ph.D. Program conference.
  • Participants will be highly-competitive applicants for top-ranked business and economics Ph.D. programs.

Interested in learning more about the Pre-Ph.D. pathway? Fill out our Interest Form for more information.

Interest Form


Hamid Beladi
Pre-Ph.D. Pathway
Executive Director
(210) 458-7038