The Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business at the University of North Texas welcomes students with outstanding academic accomplishments who seek to make a contribution to the theory and practice of marketing and logistics. Earning a Ph.D. should correspond with a lifelong commitment to continued growth and excellence in all aspects of scholarly activity. The faculty and the department culture promote such a commitment in every student who graduates from our doctoral program. As a result, we have a large group of graduates who have published successfully in the top journals of the field.

Why a Ph.D. in Marketing or Logistics?

A Ph.D. is the beginning of a lifelong journey of learning. It helps you develop a rigorous way of thinking about theoretical problems. You will learn to conceptualize abstract information, critique and synthesize what you learn, develop a comprehensive understanding of issues pertinent to marketing and logistics, and integrate that knowledge into areas of cutting-edge marketing research. While the focus of a master's degree program is in solving practical problems faced by one company at one point in time, a doctoral program trains you to think about problems faced in marketing and logistics by several companies across time horizons.

Why UNT?

The Department of Marketing, Logistics and Operations Management has achieved national and international distinction by advancing high quality theory-driven, systematic, empirical scholarship in the priority areas of consumer behavior, marketing strategy, logistics, supply chain management and operations management. Our faculty are world leaders in their respective areas and routinely interact with major companies and corporations through their research and executive development programs. Those corporations include DHL, IBM, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, J.C. Penney, Verizon and other organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense. Because of their research efforts, our graduate logistics program is ranked in the top 25 in North America by Gartner Inc.

Our state-of-the-art Business Leadership Building promotes interaction among students, faculty and industry leaders. The building — which has Gold- level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for sustainability — contains 24 classrooms, team study rooms and an advanced computer lab. This building distinguishes us as a leader in business education.

Ph.D. program objectives

It is the objective of our faculty to provide students with the training and experience that will allow them to achieve their career goals, such as:

  • Achieving an integrative understanding of the broad issues, conceptual developments and substantive applications that pertain to the field of marketing and logistics
  • Developing skills necessary to design and conduct empirical research publishable in leading journals in marketing, logistics and related fields
  • Maintaining a tradition of scholarship and a professional commitment to excellence in research and teaching

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

You must meet the admission requirements of the Toulouse Graduate School® and the following program requirements:

  • Three doctoral applicant evaluation forms or letters of recommendation from professors or colleagues familiar with your academic record
  • Essay stating your reasons for pursuing doctoral study, personal objectives and career plans
  • A résumé/curriculum vitae

All documents undergo a stringent review process, and the director of Ph.D. programs and research notifies candidates about acceptance into the program. Specific degree requirements for the Ph.D. program include:

  • 15 credit hours of advanced research outcomes
  • 15 credit hours of concentration courses
  • 9 credit hours of supporting courses
  • Written and oral comprehensive exams
  • Doctoral dissertation

Ph.D. student placements

Over the past 10 years, all of our graduates, without exception, have found employment in academia, ranging from teaching colleges to research-intensive universities, both in the United States and abroad, including Florida Atlantic University, Georgia Southern University and Eastern Washington University.


Charles Blankson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Kingston University. Strategic marketing — product, service, brand, firm and country positioning strategies and models; industrial and services marketing in developing and newly industrialized countries; credit card and bank services marketing; small business marketing; international/ multicultural marketing.

Ted Farris, Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Supply chain mapping; "real" options in supply chain management; cash-to-cash; transportation regulation; public policy.

Gopala Ganesh, University Distinguished Teaching Professor; Ph.D., University of Houston. Pedagogical research on marketing metrics and marketing analytics.

Francisco Guzman, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Universitat Ramon Llull. Branding toward social values; branding and sustainability; public-private collaborations; sponsorships; corporate social responsibility; green marketing; strategic corporate brand building.

Blair Kidwell, Associate Professor and Department Ph.D. Coordinator; Ph.D., Virginia Tech. Consumer decision making, with an emphasis on emotion and emotional intelligence; knowledge calibration; dual-processing models; political ideology; perceptions of control; the role of emotion in marketing exchanges.

Ila Manuj, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Tennessee. Supply chain complexity; supply chain risk and resilience; interorganizational learning; innovation.

David R. Nowicki, Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. Supply chain management; performance-based logistics; resiliency, optimization, affordability, inventory modeling and reliability theory.

Jeffrey Ogden, Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., Arizona State University. Purchasing and supply management strategies; supply base reduction; ERP implementation; supply chain services; supply chain interoperability measurement; insourcing/outsourcing.

Divesh Ojha, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Clemson University. Change and adaption in value chains; innovation speed; organizational learning; business continuity planning; risk management.

Audhesh Paswan, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Ph.D., University of Mississippi. Franchising; channels; strategy; NPD; macromarketing; service marketing; cross-cultural and global marketing.

Lou Pelton, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Mississippi. Marketing channels; relationship marketing; international marketing.

Terry Pohlen, Professor and Senior Associate Dean; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Supply chain performance and costing; transportation pricing; financial management; inventory management; transportation management; network design and optimization.

Victor R. Prybutok, Regents Professor of Decision Sciences and Vice Provost of the Toulouse Graduate School; Ph.D., Drexel University. Applied and theoretical areas of information systems measurement; quality control; risk assessment; applied statistics; the instruction of statistics.

Priyali Rajagopal, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Ohio State University. Consumer information processing; memory and persuasion.

Brian Sauser, Professor and Director of the Jim McNatt Institute for Logistics Research; Ph.D., Stevens Institute of Technology. Complex logistics systems; systems engineering management; management of complex systems; system of systems.

Nancy Spears, Professor; Ph.D., Oklahoma State University. Advertising and consumer behavior.

David Strutton, Professor; Ph.D., University of Mississippi. B2B marketing; marketing channels; negotiations and conflict resolution; relationship management and relationship marketing; leadership and impression management; e-marketing (internet marketing); advertising and advertising management, particularly in a social networking context.

Kenneth Thompson, Professor; Ph.D., University of Colorado. B2B marketing; marketing management; consumer behavior; branding and brand management; B2B pricing; relationship management; sales and sales management.