Jul 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Warrington College of Business Administration

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Graduate degrees offered by the Warrington College of Business Administration are the Doctor of Philosophy with major programs in business administration and in economics; the Master of Arts with major programs in economics, in international business, and in business administration with concentrations in insurance and marketing; the Master of Science with major programs in Information Systems and Operations Management (with a concentration in supply chain management), in finance, in management, in real estate, and in business administration, including concentrations in entrepreneurship, insurance, marketing and retail; the Master of Business Administration; and the Master of Accounting. Fields of concentration and requirements for the M.B.A. are given under Requirements for Master’s Degrees of this catalog. Admission and degree requirements for the Ph.D., M.A., and M.S. degrees can be found in the General Information section.

Master of Arts: The M.A. degree with a major in international business is designed to provide students with quantitative and application skills to be used in an international business setting. The program provides practical training with a brief study trip to a major international city, where students are required to participate actively in business tours and lectures. The students also have the opportunity to gain credits for the degree by studying at one or more foreign universities for a period of 2 weeks to 8 months.

Master of Science: The M.S. degree with a major in management targets students from nonbusiness backgrounds who would like to gain “core” business knowledge and application skills. Requirements span the traditional business disciplines to produce a sound knowledge base for students seeking a solid business foundation. Students are required to take such courses as accounting, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, management, marketing, organizational behavior, and statistics. Typical positions for graduates include managers, consultants, and analysts.

Doctor of Philosophy: For the Ph.D. in business administration, students must have a concentration in one of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Information Systems and Operation Management
  • Finance
  • Insurance
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real estate and urban analysis.

Specific requirements for the various departments and specialties are given in the Fields of Instruction in this catalog. (Requirements for the Ph.D. degree in economics are described under the Economics section of the catalog.) All candidates for the Ph.D. in business administration must satisfy the following general requirements:

Breadth requirement: All applicants for Ph.D. in the business administration program are expected to have completed prior business-related course work at either the advanced undergraduate or graduate level. Students entering without prior work are required to take a minimum of three graduate courses in at least two fields other than their chosen area of concentration. Most often, the appropriate courses will be found in the M.B.A. first-year core; the particular courses to be taken by a student will be decided in consultation with the student’s academic adviser. After a student enters the Ph.D. program, the courses taken to satisfy the breadth requirement must be taken in the College of Business Administration.

Research foundations requirement: All students must complete a six-course research skills sequence that prepares them for scholarly research in their chosen area of concentration. Research foundations are defined as essential methodological tools (e.g., statistics, quantitative analysis) and/or substantive content domains (e.g., psychology, economics) outside the student’s major field that are considered essential to conducting high quality research in the chosen field. The specific research skills required by each area of concentration can be found in the field descriptions in this Catalog.

Other requirements include satisfactory completion of graduate course work in the major field of concentration, as well as one or two minor fields designed to add depth to the student’s research training. Minors are selected by the student in consultation with his or her advisory committee, and may be within or outside the College of Business Administration. Other requirements for the Ph.D. are given in the General Information section of this catalog.

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