We offer a competitive, high-caliber Ph.D. program that prepares doctoral students to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and teach effectively in the field of business.
The purpose of the Ph.D. program is to develop the intellectual potential of the student through emphasis on specific areas of concentration within the framework of the general field of business administration. Academic objectives are accomplished through close student-faculty working relationships. The program provides the flexibility to allow for a considerable degree of individual design, based upon the career needs and objectives of the student.
As a Ph.D. student, you will learn to balance research, teaching and service. Through advanced coursework, mentorships and research seminars, you will acquire the knowledge necessary to become an expert in your area of specialization, develop the conceptual and methodological skills required to conduct original research and prepare for the responsibility and challenge of undergraduate and graduate business education through classroom experience.
- Ph.D. students are awarded a Teaching and Research Fellowship consisting of a tuition waiver and yearly stipend of $20,000.
- In addition to research, all Ph.D. students participate in a College Teaching course in which they develop pedagogical and curricular skills.
- Students have the opportunity to attend research seminars and academic conferences relating to their area of study.
- Each student is paired with a Ph.D. mentor to prepare them for a career in academia or industry, through ongoing research and development of teaching skills.
- Students share offices in their academic department in order to benefit from frequent interaction with faculty and other Ph.D. students within their discipline.
Our Ph.D. program is full-time only, with an average completion time of five years. The program is comprised of coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation.
|PH.D. PROGRAM PHASES||REQUIREMENTS|
|Proficiencies||MBA Equivalent Courses|
|College Core||3 Courses|
|Concentration Coursework||5 Courses|
|Departmentally Selected Courses||Up to 3 Courses|
|Supplemental or Minor Courses||4 Courses|
|Comprehensive Exam||Taken after completing all coursework|
|Dissertation||Begins after successful completion of comprehensive exam|
Areas of Study
Ph.D. students are required to complete a concentration in one of six areas.
Ph.D. students will have the option to complete a minor in one of the following areas:
- Applied Statistics
- International Business
- Management Systems
Applicants must show outstanding potential for doctoral study and professional achievement. Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive and, normally, only two to three applicants are admitted within an academic area each year. Proficiency courses may be required if an admitted applicant does not have an MBA.
- Online Application and Fee
- Official Transcripts
- Official GMAT Score or GRE (Only GMAT is accepted for Accounting)
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Essay of Goals and Objectives
- International Applicants: Test of English proficiency - IELTS (minimum 7.0) or TOEFL IBT (minimum 100)
The application deadline is December 15th. All admission documents must be received by the application deadline.
Teaching and Research Fellowships
Admitted applicants are awarded a Teaching and Research fellowship that consists of a tuition waiver and yearly stipend of $20,000. The fellowship is renewable up to five years.
Fall 2016 Class Profile
|Average GMAT Score||656|
|Average Graduate GPA||3.79|
- HAN GAO
- HOYOUNG KIM
- TRUNG PHAM
RICARDO BERNABE TORRES
SUN BONG JUNG
- TRANG PHAM
- SILU CHENG
- ALPER KOPARAN
MOHAMMAD MONZURUL ISLAM CHOWDHURY
Supply Chain Management
Our Ph.D. graduates have been placed in universities across the country, including:
- California State University
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Florida Institute of Technology
Idaho State University
- Indiana State University
Minnesota State University
Montana State University
San Fransisco State University
- Towson University
University of Hartford
University of Massachusetts
University of Tennesee
University of Texas
West Liberty University
The following are dissertations presented by Ph.D. students in the past five years.
Jing Wang, December 2016, Acquiring Firms’ Strategic Disclosure Practices around Mergers and Acquisitions
Min Chen, August 2015, LOSS OF ANALYST COVERAGE IN THE U.S. AND AROUND THE WORLD
Barry Hettler, May 2015, Disclosure Practices of Dual Class Firms: An Examination of Voluntary and Mandatory Reporting
Matthew Geiszler, August 2014, Does Accounting Quality Affect the Informational Value of Credit Ratings?
David Salerno, May 2013, The Effect of Earnings Quality on Analyst Forecast Accuracy, Dispersion, and Optimism and Implications for CEO Compensation
Nathan Jeppson, May 2013, Innovation Focused Strategy and Earning Management
Gulraze Wakil, May 2011, Conservatism, Earnings Persistence, and the Accruals Anomaly
Zilong Liu, August 2016, Two Essays on Entrepreneurial Finance
Tzveta Vateva, December 2014, Corporate Governance and Default Risk
Nonna Sorokina, August 2014, Bank Capital and Theory of Capital Structure
Natalya Schenck, August 2014, Impact of Charter Values on Moral Hazard in Banking
Thomas Hanson, August 2014, Real Effects of High Frequency Trading
Robert Antenucci, December 2013, Impact of Corporate Governance, CEO Compensation, and CEO Portfolio Risk on Firm Performance during Recessionary Periods
Pavlo Tsebro, August 2013, Two Essays in Finance: Essay I - Employee Stock Options: Financing Constraints Explanation, Essay II-Role of the Equity-Based Compensation in Valuation of (Non-) Diversified Firms
Fanglin Shen, May 2013, Responses in Divergence of Opinions Around Earning Announcement: Evidence Outside the U.S.
Colleen Asaad (Tokar), May 2013, Two Essays in Finance: Cultural Finance and Behavioral Finance
Lisa Williams, August 2012, Essays on Risk Management Strategies for U.S. Bank Holding Companies
Richard Hauser, August 2012, The Firm "Life-Cycle" Hypothesis and Dividend Policy: Tests on Propensity to Pay, Dividend Initiation, and Dividend Growth Rates
Sara Bennett, August 2012, The Order Book, Order Flow, and the Impact of Order Cancellations On Equity Index Futures
Shengxiong Wu, May 2012, The Information Content of the Euro-Bund Futures Option Markets
Randall Kimmel, August 2011, Can Statistics Based Early Warning Systems Detect Problem Banks Before Markets?
Geoffrey Hill, August 2015, Sensemaking in Big Data: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Actionable Knowledge Generation from Unstructured Text Streams
Karoly Bozan, December 2014, Process Framework of a Multi-Stakeholder EHR System
Fengkun Liu, December 2014, Informational Cascades in Mobil Application Adoption: A Study of the Effects of Review, Social, and Adopter Characteristics
Venugopal Gopalakrishna Remani, August 2012, Information Supply Chain System for Managing Rare Infectious Diseases in the U.S.
Yaman Roumani, May 2012, Predicting Vulnerability Risks Using Software Characteristics
Joseph Nwankpa, May 2012, The Implications of Real Options on ERP-Enabled Adoption
Laura Rickett, August 2011, An Analysis of the Effect of Information Activism on Capital Markets: Investor Behavior and Divergent Market Conditions
Zhi Tao, May 2013, Carbon Emission Modeling in Green Supply Chain Management
Marina Astakhova, May 2012, Exploring Complementary Person-Organization Fit
Hua Meng, August 2016, The Effects of Scent on Consumer Behavior
Hillary Mellema, August 2015, The Effect of Indecisiveness on Consumer Choice Processes
Andrey Kretinin, August 2015, Essays on Governance Perspective on Franchising
Chan Ho Song, May 2015, An Experimental Test of the Performance of Referral Reward Programs: The Receiver's Perspective
Todd Morgan, May 2015, Antecedents, Consequences, and Boundary Conditions of Customer Participation in the New Product Development Process
Rebecca Dingus, May 2014, Management of a Multinational Salesforce: A Transaction Cost Examination of the Sales Network
Kun Chen, May 2014, Strategic Objectives, Alignments, and Firm Performance
Marie Yeh, August 2013, Cards, Creatures, and Almost Anything: A Study of Children's Trading
Alison Shields, May 2013, What Did You Do To My Brand? Consumer Responses to Changes in Brands Towards Which They Are Nostalgic
Karla Mendoza Abarca, May 2013, Essays on Social Venture Antecedents, Consequences, and Strategies
Hyunjung Lee, August 2012, Brand Valuation Model: Shareholder Value Approach
Christina Saenger, May 2012, Attachment Style, Identity Congruence, and Gift Preference: A Dyadic Model of Gift Exchange
Kendra Fowler, August 2011, An Expansion of Retail Site Selection Theory: Incorporating Managerial Intuition and Process Quality
Mary Schramm, May 2011, Value Relevance of Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry
Veronica Thomas, May 2011, Secret Consumption: Responses to Social Group Influence Under Conditions of Conflicting Brand Preferences
Yertai Tanai, December 2016, Capturing Value from Decentralized Supply Chain with Third Party Reverse Logistics
Maxim Bushuev, December 2013, Supply Chain Delivery Performance: Points of View of a Supplier and a Buyer
James Brown, May 2013, Green Supply Chain and Transportation Models
Kuntal Bhattacharyya, August 2011, Value Sourcing in Supply Chains
Lihua Chen, August 2011, Some Results in Fair Sharing of Costs and Revenue in Supply Chains with Varying Demand
David Lee Baker, May 2012, Toward a Theoretical Model of the Principal Determinants of Country-Level Entrepreneurship
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the Ph.D. Program Start?
It starts fall semester only.
What Ph.D. Concentrations are offered?
The following concentrations are offered:
- Information Systems
- Supply Chain Management
How long does it take to get a Ph.D.?
The time to completion will vary by student, but the average time nationwide to complete a Ph.D. in Business Administration is five years (full-time).
How many new students are admitted each year?
We admit approximately three students per department. On average, we enroll 12 new students per year.
If I am an international student, am I required to take a test of the English language?
Yes, international applicants must either take the TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson TSE.
What are the minimum English test scores accepted?
The minimum English test scores accepted are as follows:
- TOEFL IBT: 100
- IELTS: 7
Can the English Language Test Requirement be Waived?
The general university rule is that an applicant must have had two full years of United States education in order to be considered for a waiver of the English Language test requirement. If you meet the criteria or for more clarification, contact the Office of Global Education and discuss your specific situation.
When are classes scheduled?
Monday through Friday, throughout each of these days.
What is the minimum GMAT score that is accepted?
Due to the highly competitive nature of the program, there is no set minimum that would assure an applicant admission. Our average GMAT score is 680.
Do I need a master's degree in order to be considered?
Due to the highly competitive nature of our program, an applicant should have a master's degree in order to be considered for the program. However, the degree is not required to be in a business discipline.
Aside from the GMAT, what other factors are considered in admission?
Other factors include courses taken and grade point average (transcripts), essay of goals and objectives, work experience (resume/CV) and letters of recommendation. A test of English is also required for international applicants.
Can I be reviewed for admission if I haven't taken the GMAT?
Unfortunately, no. All application materials, including the GMAT, must be reviewed before a file can be reviewed for admission.
Do you have conditional admission?
Due to the highly competitive nature of our program, we do not offer conditional admission.
If admitted, how can I apply for a teaching and research fellowship?
Due to the importance of a student being immersed in the academic environment, if a student is admitted into our Ph.D. program the student is normally offered a teaching and research fellowship. A student does not have to apply on a separate fellowship application.
What does the teaching and research fellowship include?
The fellowship includes a waiver for courses needed in the Ph.D. program, along with a $20,000 stipend for the academic year, plus an additional $3,000 stipend for summer, in exchange for teaching and researching in the College of Business Administration.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 15th.
Do all of the admission documents need to be in by the deadline?
Yes, all admission materials must be submitted by the deadline in order for an admission file to be reviewed.