Department of Marketing PhD Resources

Department of Marketing Ph.D. Resources

Doctoral students receive office space and needed computer equipment along with access to the huge reservoir of databases and library resources available to all members of Texas A&M University and Mays Business School community. The department will provide resources to assist students in attending conferences, collecting data, and other expenses incurred in developing as a scholar.

Special interest research centers housed in Mays such as the Center for Retailing Studies, the Center for International Business Studies, and the Real Estate Center constitute valuable sources of research support and faculty expertise for doctoral candidates with specialized interest in these areas. Particularly, housed within the marketing department is the Center for Retailing Studies. CRS maintains strong relationships with an advisory board of 28 leading retailers including Academy Sports + Outdoors, Dillard’s, GameStop, Lowe’s, Neiman Marcus, Petsmart, Sewell Automotive, Wal-Mart, among others. Venky Shankar serves as research director of CRS and provides opportunities for faculty and doctoral students to collaborate with CRS board companies on exciting research projects.

To facilitate doctoral students’ effective teaching skills, the department also works closely with the Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence. Every semester the Center for Teaching Excellence offers a number of one-day seminars designed specifically for doctoral students. The department encourages and supports doctoral student participation in these seminars.

The Jeffrey Conant Behavioral Research Lab:

Another incredibly valuable resource is a state-of-the-art behavioral research lab. The lab consists of 40 dedicated computer stations along with four focus group rooms equipped with audio/video recording capability, and a one-way glass observation. We have a large subject pool of 1200-1600 students who each participate in up to three studies per semester. Faculty, Ph.D. students, and MS-Marketing students run 80-100 experiments in the lab in a normal semester, but there is significant unused capacity. The lab manager can accommodate most researcher requests, running studies that vary from Qualtrics, MediaLab, paper-and-pencil, exercise, food and drink, etc.


Doctoral students in the Department of Marketing have access to a large array of databases for research. We have one of the strongest collections of data sources of all doctoral programs in the country. Some of these databases include: COMPUSTAT, CRSP, and Execucomp. Many others are available through Wharton’s WRDS interface, Product Launch Analytics, Nielsen data at the Kilts Center for Marketing, directEdgar, RavenPack Analytics, and others. Additional data can be obtained through partnerships with Center For Retailing Studies sponsors.

Financial Information:

Graduate assistantships are available and provide the principal means of financial support for our doctoral students. A limited number of graduate college fellowships are also available. Applicants with a high GMAT score and GPA have an excellent chance of qualifying for graduate college fellowships. Each year, Texas A&M University’s Office of Graduate Studies also awards or administers merit fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must be admitted to Graduate Studies, pursue a Doctorate degree in any of the programs offered by Texas A&M University in College Station, and be nominated by their respective department.

For specific information about cost of attendance, scholarships, fellowships and financial aid, please visit the Texas A&M Department of Financial Aid website.

For international applicants, there is also some information about financial aid on the International Student Services website.

Current students can access syllabi of past courses and other relevant information here: