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Ph.D. Program

Ballentine Hall SkylightThe Ph.D. program in Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island offers specializations in marketing, finance, and Supply Chain Management. In this mentor-based program, Ph.D. students take formal coursework in the first two years, and work closely with one or more professors on research projects in their area of specialization throughout the program.


  • During the first two years of the program, students concentrate on coursework and developing their research ideas into major papers. The coursework consists of 10 or more advanced courses beyond the master’s degree (a minimum of 30 credits). In addition, two additional one-credit courses are required—one on research in business and the other in pedagogy. Guided by one or more faculty members, Ph.D. students write two major field papers of very high academic quality.
  • Early in the third year of study (once coursework is completed and the two field papers accepted), you undertake written and oral comprehensive examinations in your specialization and research methodology. The third year of the program is devoted to studying for comprehensive written and oral examinations and developing the major papers and other research ideas into conference presentations, journal articles, and a dissertation proposal.
  • The fourth year continues the development of scholarly work with more conference and journal articles. Its focus, however, is on completing the dissertation. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded upon successful completion of all requirements, including a public dissertation defense.

Programs of Study


  • The objective of our finance Ph.D. program is to produce knowledgeable and skillful researchers who have the passion to advance our understanding of global capital markets. To achieve this objective,
    the program promotes students to develop a close working relationship with the finance faculty. The finance faculty represents diverse backgrounds and undertakes research in various issues in global
    capital markets, such as asset pricing, corporate finance, risk management, financial econometrics, and computational finance, among others. The Pacific-Basic Capital Markets Research Center creates and distributes capital markets databases for Asian and Pacific countries, and doctoral students are encouraged to take advantage of the resources in their research. Pursuing a finance Ph.D. program
    requires a lifetime commitment and endurance, and it is extremely important for every applicant to make a careful, fully-informed decision before applying. If you have questions, please contact
    Professor Shingo Goto at


  • The marketing faculty conducts research in the areas of telecommunications and information technology marketing, services marketing, and macro-marketing. This program has been created to strengthen understanding in marketing foundations. To develop future scholars, pedagogical and research skills are incorporated into the curriculum. Each candidate is expected to develop a customized area of specialization. For information about the Ph.D. program (Marketing), please contact Professor Daniel Sheinin at or 401.874.4344.

Operations & Supply Chain Management

  • The operations & supply chain management faculty conducts research in the fields of transportation, logistics, operations and supply chain management, and the doctoral program in Operations & Supply Chain Management is designed to produce outstanding scholars in these fields. Students in this program achieve excellence through the following: extensive preparation in their specialization and in the use of research tools; joint research with faculty; independent research culminating in a doctoral dissertation; and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses to prepare them for future academic positions. For information about the Ph.D. program (Operations &  Supply Chain Management), please contact Professor Koray Özpolat at or 401.874.5750.

Application for Admission

To apply, complete the online application at the URI Graduate Applications website. You will be able to complete the statement of purpose and address information, pay the application fee, and ask your references to submit their letters of recommendation online. You will be asked to upload your resume and transcripts. Please note: Application deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is February 1, 2017.


For general information about the Ph.D. program at the University of Rhode Island College of Business Administration, please contact Associate Dean Shaw K. Chen at or 401.874.4339.

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