Program Overview

The Doctoral Program in Business Administration offers six areas of specialization.

These areas parallel the cross-functional composition of the department. The presence of these diverse areas of concentration within a single department provides special opportunities for cross-functional fertilization.

Mission

The mission of the program is to prepare students to excel at two primary academic roles: knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The program has had a high degree of success in fulfilling its mission. Our goal is to ensure that this tradition is maintained, but also to strive for continuous improvement in training world-class researchers and teachers.

Outline of the Program

First YearSecond YearThird YearFourth YearFinal Thesis Defense

Fall Semester

Scholarship in Business Administration I – Substantive and Theoretical Perspectives 2 hours
Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0 hours

Spring Semester

Scholarship in Business Administration I – Methodological and Philosophical Perspectives 2 hours
Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0 hours

Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12-14 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0-2 hours

Students may take any appropriate courses to build their research skills and depth of knowledge in their selected area of study or to fulfill the requirement of breadth in business-related disciplines.

Proposal Defended/Preliminary Examination Passed by the end of Year 3.

 

Students are required to register for dissertation credits. A total of 32 hours are required for graduation.

Students should check with their assigned advisor for the schedule of courses. Each defense is scheduled individually with the assigned advisor.

BA PhD Program Handbook