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The College of Business Administration, through the departments of Accounting and Information Systems, Economics and Finance, and Marketing and Management, offers a PhD in Business Administration. The PhD program is accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is designed to prepare a new generation of faculty from diverse backgrounds to meet critical challenges projected in business education. The full-time program is housed in the College of Business and emphasizes strong quantitative research methods and business core sequences, as well as opportunities for research in accounting, finance, information systems, management, or marketing. Course approval and course substitution approval requests will be coordinated by the PhD Director at the direction of the Dean.

Requirements for Admission to the PhD Program

  1. Transcripts according to the requirements of the Graduate School.
  2. Official scores on the GMAT or GRE. (GMAT preferred.)
  3. Two letters of reference, preferably from professors who are knowledgeable about the student’s potential ability to perform at the doctoral level.
  4. A statement describing the applicant’s reasons for wanting to obtain a PhD in Business Administration.
  5. A current resume or curriculum vitae
  6. For international students, official scores for the TOEFL. International applicants are required to have a score of at least 250/600 on the TOEFL.
  7. As part of the review of an applicant’s file, an interview or additional information can be required. In such a case, the applicant will be notified.
  8. Students wishing to enter the PhD program directly upon completion of a bachelor’s degree are expected to have completed at least up to 24 upper-division undergraduate semester credit hours in business administration or the equivalent.

Admission decisions are based on demonstration of academic performance and potential as measured by undergraduate GPA, graduate GPA (if applicable), standardized test scores, and other factors. Admission decisions can also reflect consideration of candidates’ socio-economic background, publication record, and academic experience.

Students entering the PhD program with a bachelor’s degree are expected to have knowledge of elementary calculus and statistics. Entering students must take the business foundation courses or demonstrate competency in the knowledge areas represented. It is anticipated that students entering the program with a master's degree in business or related field will have already taken these courses or their equivalent (students entering the Accounting and Finance Specialization must take ECON 5302 Microeconomic Theory, or the equivalent as part of the business foundation coursework).  Students can demonstrate achievement of proficiency in any or all of these areas by examination, subject to the approval of the Director of the PhD Program.

Subject to approval by the PhD Program Director, one of the four quantitative methods courses can be selected from appropriate alternative courses.

A copy of the dissertation in PDF or Word electronic format must be submitted to the Graduate school for format check prior to the scheduled defense date. The dissertation, including an abstract not to exceed 350 words, must be prepared according to the Graduate School’s thesis and dissertation guidelines available at the Graduate School Web site. The student will receive email confirmation from the Graduate School after the format has been approved. The final Graduate School-approved dissertation must be submitted to the Graduate School in PDF electronic format on a CD in a hard-sided case by the deadline as published in the Class Schedule, along with a hard copy of the signature page with original signatures of the dissertation committee members. The signature page must be included in the PDF file, but it should not be signed.

Doctoral candidates are also required to submit the Graduate School-approved dissertation at the University Microfilms International Web site for online publication, http://www.etdadmin.com/cgi-bin/school?siteId=95. Dissertations are regarded as publications and will be made public once they are approved and submitted. Online publication does not preclude subsequent publication of the dissertation, in whole or in part, as a monograph or in a journal. Copyright at the author’s expense can be arranged through University Microfilms International. To protect patent or any other rights, the Graduate School can be requested to delay publication for a period of one year. This request must be supported by a written recommendation of the supervising professor.

Concentrations

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing 
  • Management

Grade Point Average Requirements

The student must maintain at least a 3.00 grade point average over the twelve hours of Business Core sequence. The student must also achieve a grade of at least a B in each of the courses. Students must maintain a 3.00 GPA over all graduate work attempted, excluding dissertation credit. Failure to maintain these averages constitutes unsatisfactory progress and will result in the student’s dismissal from the program.

Comprehensive Exams (0 semester hours)

After completing coursework but prior to beginning the dissertation proposal, each student must pass a series of comprehensive examinations. The Director of the PhD Program will schedule the exams in consultation with the College of Business Administration’s PhD Committee.

Other Requirements

In addition to all College of Business Administration requirements falling under this heading, please review the Policy Handbook for PhD in Business Administration for more detailed information applying to all Business doctoral students.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 72

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following: 124
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory 1
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Intnatl Accounting Environment
Internat'l Trade & Bus Policy
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Theory of Fin: An Int'l Persp
Seminar in Int'l Corp Finance
Seminar in Int'l Investments
Topics in Financial Research
Topics in Internatl Business
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:
IBUS 6300Intro to Quant Method & Stat3
IBUS 6302Multiv Method & Linear Regress3
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Accounting Behavioral Research
Sem in Intl Financial Acct
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in International Tax
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Theory of Finance
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Seminar in Corp Finance
Seminar in Investments
Topics in Internatl Business
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Seminar in H.R. Mgmt
Business Administration Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72
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Accounting and Finance specialization must take ECON 5302 Microeconomic Theory or equivalent.

Accounting Concentration

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following:24
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Intnatl Accounting Environment
Internat'l Trade & Bus Policy
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Theory of Fin: An Int'l Persp
Seminar in Int'l Corp Finance
Seminar in Int'l Investments
Topics in Financial Research
Topics in Internatl Business
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:6
Intro to Quant Method & Stat
Multiv Method & Linear Regress
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Accounting Behavioral Research
Sem in Intl Financial Acct
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in International Tax
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Theory of Finance
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Seminar in Corp Finance
Seminar in Investments
Topics in Internatl Business
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Business Administration Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72

Finance Concentration

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following:24
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Intnatl Accounting Environment
Internat'l Trade & Bus Policy
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Theory of Fin: An Int'l Persp
Seminar in Int'l Corp Finance
Seminar in Int'l Investments
Topics in Financial Research
Topics in Internatl Business
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:6
Intro to Quant Method & Stat
Multiv Method & Linear Regress
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Accounting Behavioral Research
Sem in Intl Financial Acct
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in International Tax
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Theory of Finance
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Seminar in Corp Finance
Seminar in Investments
Topics in Internatl Business
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Business Administration Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72

Information Systems Concentration

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following:24
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Intnatl Accounting Environment
Internat'l Trade & Bus Policy
Seminar in Int'l Finance
Seminar/Internat'l Marketing
Internat'l Global Information
Seminar in Internat'l Mgmt
Topics in Int'l Acct Research
Seminar in Int'l Manag Acct
Seminar in Intl Capital Mkts
Theory of Fin: An Int'l Persp
Seminar in Int'l Corp Finance
Seminar in Int'l Investments
Topics in Financial Research
Topics in Internatl Business
International Business Theory
Int'l Multicult Business Stud
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:6
Intro to Quant Method & Stat
Multiv Method & Linear Regress
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Strategic Information Systems
Diffusion and ICT Impact
Info Systems Outsourcing
Information Systems Security
Topics in Internatl Business
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Business Administration Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72

Marketing Concentration

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following:24
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Seminar/Internat'l Marketing
Seminar in Internat'l Mgmt
Topics in Internatl Business
International Business Theory
Int'l Multicult Business Stud
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:6
Intro to Quant Method & Stat
Multiv Method & Linear Regress
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Intrnat'l Prod Op/Supply Chain
Seminar in Marketing Theory
International Mgmt & Strategy
International Entrepreneurship
Intl Org Behav & HR Mgmt
Topics in Internatl Business
Sem in Cross-Cult Mark
Topics in Int Marketing
Int'l Marketing Strategy
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Seminar in Orgztnal Behavior
Seminar in H.R. Mgmt
Int'l Op/Supply Chain Mgmt
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72

Management Concentration  

Business Foundation Courses
Course Options:
Select eight courses from the following:24
Financial Accounting
Strategic Information Systems
Microeconomic Theory
Managerial Economics
Global Econ Environment-Mgrs
Financial Management
Organizational Mgmt Seminar
Marketing Management
Concepts of Production Mgmt
Supporting Area (All courses require a grade of B or better)
Select three courses from the following:9
Seminar/Internat'l Marketing
Seminar in Internat'l Mgmt
Topics in Internatl Business
International Business Theory
Int'l Multicult Business Stud
Quantitative & Survey Methods (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required Courses:6
Intro to Quant Method & Stat
Multiv Method & Linear Regress
Select two courses from the following:6
Advanced Regression Analysis
Business Time Series Analysis
Applied Internat'l Bus Resrch
Survey Research Methods
Research Philosophy & Design
Structural Equation Modeling
Financial Econometrics I
Financial Econometrics II
Elective Courses (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Select five courses from the following:15
Intrnat'l Prod Op/Supply Chain
Seminar in Marketing Theory
International Mgmt & Strategy
International Entrepreneurship
Intl Org Behav & HR Mgmt
Topics in Internatl Business
Sem in Cross-Cult Mark
Topics in Int Marketing
Int'l Marketing Strategy
Indep Study: Internat'l Bus
Seminar in Orgztnal Behavior
Seminar in H.R. Mgmt
Int'l Op/Supply Chain Mgmt
International Business Program (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Comprehensive Exams:
Pass a series of comprehensive examinations after completing coursework but prior to beginning dissertation proposal
Dissertation Proposal:
Complete a doctoral dissertation with a minimum of twelve hours from the following:12
Dissertation I
Dissertation II
Total Hours72