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PhD Programs

The primary mission of the PhD Program is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. It is a research-oriented degree designed to prepare students to conduct original research and teach at the university level.

The PhD Program is designed to be a year-round program of study for full-time students. The program consists of extensive coursework in the major discipline, supporting disciplines, and research methods. Students without previous coursework in business administration may be required to take additional coursework. Usually, the program consists of 2-3 academic years of coursework, after which the student must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. The student then designs and completes their doctoral dissertation, a substantive original research project. The Dissertation stage usually takes about 12-18 months to complete. Overall, our PhD Program usually requires four or more years to finish. Students without a master's degree may take longer to complete the program.

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PhD - Accounting

The Department of Accounting PhD Program is designed to be a year-round program of study for full-time students. Individuals can expect to spend two years working on coursework and two years or more completing a dissertation. Coursework consists of advanced classes in economics, finance, and accounting.

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PhD - Economics

The PhD in economics consists of a core of macro and micro theory and three fields of specialized study--a macroeconomics field, a microeconomics field, and the econometrics field. Students may first earn a MS degree and then enter the PhD program, or may immediately enter the doctoral program.

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PhD - Finance

The program is an intensive course of study in the theory and empirics of Finance. Coursework has been designed to introduce the student to all basic areas of Finance, but the responsibility for mastering the material, of course, lies with the student. A combination of classroom instruction, seminars, independent studies and individual work with faculty prepares the student for continued research in the field of Finance.

 

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PhD - Information Systems & Decision Sciences

The department welcomes applications from highly qualified individuals who are considering a career as academics or in industry. Through coursework and independent research, you will hone your analytical and technology competence and your skills in research design, project management, teamwork, and the communication of research findings to both academic audiences and practicing managers. 

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PhD - Management

The primary mission of the PhD in Business Administration with a major in management is to ​develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research.  The focused area of concentration can be selected from either 1) organizational behavior/human resource management or 2) strategic management. 

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PhD - Marketing

The PhD program in business administration with a specialization in marketing is designed to produce collegial scholars for academic careers in research, teaching, and service at universities. A strong emphasis is placed on research and a collaborative research environment. Doctoral students receive opportunities to participate in research projects beginning during their first semester of the program and continue to work closely with fellow doctoral students and faculty members on various research projects targeted for conference and journal publication while they are in the program.