Doctoral Programs

General Program Information

The goal of the Ph.D. Program in Business Administration is to produce scholars capable of teaching and conducting research related to the management of organizations. To accomplish this goal, students must demonstrate competence in:


  •  the foundation areas of research methodology (including statistics) and economics or behavioral sciences;
  •  a major area of concentration within business administration, and an allied area of minor concentration;
  •  designing, executing, and completing a significant research project; and
  •  teaching in their area of interest.


Program Fact Sheet (pdf)


Summary of the Program:

Accomplishing the academic objectives normally requires a minimum of three, and more frequently four, years. During the first year, students take specified courses in statistics/research methodology and the students' major area. At the end of the first year, some of the areas require that students pass a written 'qualifying' examination in their majors.
By the middle of their third year most students are expected to have successfully passed their comprehensive examination in their field of concentration. Students must then complete a doctoral dissertation. The work on the dissertation usually begins in the third year and is completed by the end of the fourth year or soon thereafter. In addition, each student must have three semesters teaching experience prior to graduation. Minimum requirements for the program are 45 credit hours of course preparation and 18 credit hours of the doctoral dissertation.


Prerequisites to the Program:

All applicants are expected to be graduates of an accredited American college or university or a foreign institution determined to be equivalent, and to have achieved acceptable grade point averages in all prior undergraduate and graduate studies. Applicants must submit scores on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). Majors in Strategic Management must have, and majors in other areas of concentration are encouraged to have, an MBA or the equivalent. The following prerequisites should be met upon application, or shortly after entry, to the Ph.D. Program:


  • Information Systems: Working knowledge of computer programming and knowledge of management's use of computers.
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Working knowledge of differential and integral calculus, matrix algebra, probability, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, experimental design, and regression.
  • Economics: Intermediate level knowledge of microeconomics and macroeconomics.
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: Demonstrated competence in the behavioral and social sciences and satisfactory completion of an advanced course in organizational theory or consumer behavior.
  • Business Administration: Introductory level knowledge of the following areas: accounting, finance, marketing, business policy, operations management, public policy toward business, and business law.


Students entering the program may have acquired the knowledge by formal course work, self-study, or work experience. Some students with otherwise strong credentials are admitted without meeting all of these prerequisites. Such students usually make up their deficiencies by taking more courses than students who meet the requirements upon entry. Applicants with a recently awarded MBA degree are normally considered to have met these entrance requirements.