Ethics and Legal Studies, PhD

The Ethics & Legal Studies Doctoral Program at Wharton focuses on the study of ethics and law in business. It is designed to prepare graduates for careers in university teaching and research at leading business schools, law schools, and other programs. Faculty and student interests range over topics including international business ethics and human rights, corporate governance, social impact, environmental law and policy, securities, normative political theory, negotiations, and corporate criminal law.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Required Courses

The course of study for the Ph.D. requires the completion of sixteen graduate course units, including courses in statistics. Some graduate-level credit from courses at other universities may transfer to Wharton.

Core Requirements
LGST 920Ethics in Business and Economics1
LGST 921Foundations of Business Law1
Select two additional Legal Studies courses2
Statistics Requirements
STAT 500Applied Regression and Analysis of Variance1
STAT 501Introduction to Nonparametric Methods and Log-linear Models1
MGMT 900Economic Foundations of Management1
Ethical Theory2
Major Disciplinary Cluster
Select five courses in one of the following disciplines:5
Additional Coursework
Select two additional courses2
Total Course Units16

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.