College of Business

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Ph.D. Program


Ph.D. StudentsThe Ph.D. program in Business Administration offers specializations in marketing, finance, and supply chain management. In this mentor-based program, 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.

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The Ph.D. program offers a caring environment where each student benefits from easy and close interaction with the faculty from the chosen area of specialization as well as faculty from other areas in the College of Business Administration. Academic interactions are supplemented with social relationships through events that occur in and out of the academic setting.

Classroom experience is mandatory as each Ph.D. student is expected to teach in our undergraduate and graduate programs.

A one-credit course in pedagogy prepares the student which is supplemented with actual teaching experience including total responsibility for a particular course from syllabus design to execution.

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  • During the first two years of the program, students satisfy required coursework and develop 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 a major field paper of very high academic quality as part of the course requirement.
  • The comprehensive examination (written and oral) takes place in the third year after the formal course requirements are satisfied.
  • Each student is encouraged to develop the dissertation research topic early in their career. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is awarded upon successful completion of all requirements, including a public dissertation defense.


Competitive assistantships are available to a limited number of Ph.D. students. Applicants with their own funding (e.g. government or other scholarships) are also encouraged to apply. Each assistantship is granted for a maximum period of four years renewable subject to satisfactory completion of program requirements each year. The assistantship offers tuition remission (up to 12 credit hours per semester that will be prorated to the percentage of the appointment) and health benefits as well as a monthly stipend for the academic year. College of Business Administration assistantships require each student to complete 20 hours of work each week – either in the capacity of a research or a teaching assistant.

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