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About Us

The Management Doctoral Student Association (MDSA) and Faculty Alumni Association (FAA) is one of five associations that are housed within The PhD Project, which was founded in 1994. Our first meeting was held  August 1997 in Boston, MA.


The mission of The PhD Project is to increase the diversity of faculty in business schools (specifically, Black/African Americans, Latinx/Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans), who serve as role models and mentors for the next generation of business leaders. It begins with the recruitment and success of our diverse population of PhD students.


If you are interested in obtaining a PhD in a Management related field, or have already begun one, we invite you to learn more about us and join our family.


Go to “Get Involved” and click “Become a Member”.



“My MDSA crew is a constant source of support, encouragement, collaboration, and laughter. I truly can’t imagine going through this process without them. The people I’ve met through MDSA aren’t just colleagues, they’re some of my dearest friends.” 


—  Rebecca Ponce De Leon, Duke University

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