Most entering students have obtained their MBA* and will need to complete the following courses and credit hours toward the PhD:

  • Advanced quantitative/research methods
    16 credits (4 courses)
  • Core courses in concentration area
    16 credits (4 courses)
  • Specialization courses
    8 credits (2 courses)
  • Independent study
    variable credits
  • Pedagogy seminar
    2 credits
  • Comprehensive exams
  • Dissertation proposal - Your dissertation is the final step to successful graduation. It is expected to lead to at least one publication in a top journal.

*Students with master's degrees in other disciplines need not complete an MBA, but must take or have taken the graduate level foundation coursework in the following areas: accounting, finance, management information systems, marketing, operations management and organizational studies/leadership.

The PhD program is designed for full-time students only. PhD students, therefore, are expected to be enrolled in full-time course work and will also be provided an assistantship, with a stipend and tuition scholarship, consisting of research and/or teaching.