Doctor of Philosophy
The Ph.D. program in business administration in the Department of Management prepares students for careers as faculty members of universities that emphasize teaching and research. The program is designed so that the student will (1) develop strong competence in the base discipline crucial to the study of organizations and organization processes and (2) follow a field of specialization in organizational behavior, organizational theory, human resource management, and strategic studies. Admission requirements for the Ph.D. include (a) a minimum grade point average of 3.0, (b) a minimum GRE score of 1000, and (c) for nonnative speakers of English, a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL.
The research interests of the faculty are quite broad. For example, work is being done on defining the domain of performance in organizations, employee selection, performance appraisal, goal setting and incentives, aging, dispositions and job satisfaction, corporate governance, health care, innovation processes, organizational control and executive compensation practices, agency theory, and organizational processes. Faculty often work on interdisciplinary projects with other departments.
In addition, the student has exposure to scholars and faculty members from other universities, and from other departments in the University, who are invited to give workshops in the Department.
Breadth Requirement: All students pursuing the Ph.D. are expected to be well versed in the structure and functioning of business organizations and the environment within which they operate. This requirement may be met through undergraduate or master’s level work in business administration. The student who does not meet the breadth requirement before entering the Ph.D. program must take at least three graduate courses in different functional areas in the Warrington College of Business Administration but outside of the Department of Management. These courses should complement the major area of study selected by the student.
Research Skills Requirement: The general nature of the research requirement has been specified by the Graduate Committee of the Warrington College of Business. Students must take six approved courses to satisfy it. For the typical student in the Department of Management, the research foundation courses include at least 18 credits in courses such as philosophy of social science (e.g., PHI 5425 or PHI 5405 ), basic statistical methods (e.g., STA 6126 ), research methods (e.g., MAR 7786 , EDF 7486 , or PPE 6308 ), psychometrics (e.g., EDF 6436 , EDF 7439 ), multivariate analysis (EDF 7932 ), experimental design (MAR 7622 ), field research methods (POS 6757 ), and qualitative research (EDF 6475 , SYA 6315 ). The specific program is determined by the student’s supervisory committee and will be tailored to fit the student’s prior preparation and the specialization that the student chooses.
Major Course Requirements: The program of study for each student will include required seminars in Organizational Behavior, Organizational Theory, Strategic Management, and Human Resource Management Research, and the Management Workshop.
Specialization Requirements: Each student selects a specialization area. Courses must provide the depth of knowledge required to teach and conduct research successfully in the area of specialization. This part of the program will be developed by the supervisory committee in conjunction with the student. The specialization courses are primarily offered within the Department of Management, although it is quite common for students to take courses in related disciplines, such as Marketing, Finance, Economics, Psychology, Statistics, and Decision and Information Systems. Procedures for the qualifying examinations, dissertation, and final examination are given in the Requirements for the PhD. section of this catalog.
Combined Degree Program:
The Department participates in bachelor’s/master’s degree programs for the Master of Arts (M.A.) with a major in international business and Master of Science (M.S.) with a major in management. The M.A. with a major in international business is open to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a business discipline or minor in business administration. The M.S. with a major in management program is only open to non-business majors. Contact the graduate coordinator for information.