Ph.D. Program Overview
The mission of the Ph.D. program in management is to develop scholars who are prepared to assume the diverse responsibilities of positions at leading research universities. Towards that end, the program places primary emphasis on the development of research competence and also emphasizes teaching as a vehicle to academic professionalism.
The department offers students the opportunity to obtain a Ph.D. in business administration with a concentration in management. Although management is a broad field, our doctoral program is best suited for those students interested in specializing in organizational behavior, and/or strategic management. The doctoral program places primary emphasis on the development of research competence and also emphasizes teaching as a vehicle to academic professionalism. The mission of the program is to provide an environment that is conducive to the development of scholars who are prepared to assume the diverse responsibilities of positions at leading research universities.
Doctoral students in our program are encouraged to design an individually meaningful course of study within the larger context of our field. Opportunities for doing this are available through coursework, research with faculty members, and independent research and study. Ph.D. students select a series of modules in organizational behavior, organizational theory, and strategic management. Students develop additional focus and expertise through collaboration on major papers with individual faculty members. Doctoral students typically have one or more publications prior to graduation.
We require our Ph.D. students to commit full-time attention to our program at least until they have passed the comprehensive exam and successfully defended the dissertation proposal. Full-time enrollment entails a minimum of six credit hours of coursework in any semester. To reach a total of 84 credit hours for the program, most students take nine to 12 credit hours per semester. In addition, students work closely with faculty members, both as part of their assistantship and independently. Our program is relatively small with an emphasis on high quality; we provide a great deal of individual attention to and mentoring of our students.
Full-time enrollment in the doctoral program is necessary to develop the skills and values for effective scholarship. Doctoral students generally learn research and teaching skills best by serving as apprentices to experienced scholars. Thus, an integral part of doctoral education is employment as a graduate assistant. In addition, full-time attendance facilitates the formation of collegial relationships between faculty and students. As our goal is to prepare students for positions in leading research universities, we are unable to fully serve the interests of students who do not intend to pursue research careers in the academic community.