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Ph.D. in Business Administration

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Cathy DuBois, Ph.D.
Kent State University College of Business Administration
Associate Dean for Graduate and Online Programs
cdubois@kent.edu

 

 

 

The Kent State University College of Business Administration Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and become effective educators in their field of study. Renowned faculty work closely with students in the Doctoral Program to build their research stream, present work at international academic conferences and contribute to advancing the knowledge of their discipline.

Kent State University College of Business Administration Doctoral Program offers academic programs for Ph.D. degrees and research careers in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

 

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The Kent State University College of Business Administration Ph.D. program prepares students to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and become effective educators in their field of study. Renowned faculty work closely with students in the Doctoral Program to build their research stream, present work at international academic conferences and contribute to advancing the knowledge of their discipline.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Fellowship Award. Students accepted in the program are awarded a Research and Teaching

Fellowship that includes a tuition waiver and annual stipend of $20,000

Conference Travel. Financial support is allocated for travel to present at conferences.

RESEARCH MENTORSHIP

Ph.D. students will acquire and develop advanced research skills under faculty mentorship.

RESEARCH ENGAGEMENT

Conference Presentations. Ph.D. students present at research conferences and seminars.

Co-Authored Publications. Students often co-author research publications with faculty and students.

Collaboration. Ph.D. students have offices on the same floor as faculty and share offices with other

doctoral students.

TEACHING MENTORSHIP AND PEDAGOGICAL SUPPORT

Each Ph.D. student is paired with teaching mentor. Pedagogical and curricular skills are strengthened through the program's college teaching course.

 

Publishing Leading Research

Faculty members are recognized as scholars who are actively engaged in research on a variety of business topics. Journals where recent research by faculty members has appeared include:

Academy of Management Journal

MIS Quarterly

Journal of Corporate Finance

Journal of Marketing Research

Journal of Finance

Personnel Psychology

Journal of Marketing

Review of Accounting Studies

Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science

 

Program Structure

The College of Business Administration 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 Components  
College Core 3 courses
College Teaching 1 course 
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 the comprehensive exam

 

 

 

 

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Kent State University College of Business Administration Doctoral Program offers academic programs for Ph.D. degrees and research careers in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing.

 

Accounting Information Systems Marketing Finance Management

 

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The Kent State University Ph.D. program in Business Administration admits students for full-time study only beginning in the fall semester each year. Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive and, normally, only two to three applicants are admitted within an area of study each year.

NOTE: The application period for fall 2018 is now closed. Admission to the program is highly competitive. We encourage you to start your application for consideration for fall 2019. 

Application Requirements

  • Online application and fee
  • Official transcripts
  • Official GMAT or GRE score (only GMAT is accepted for Accounting)
  • Professional resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Essay of goals and objectives
  • International applicants: Test of English proficiency - IELTS (minimum 7.0) or TOEFL IBT (minimum 100)

Fall 2017 class: average GMAT 667; average GPA: 3.78

Application Deadline

The application period for fall 2018 is now closed. We encourage you to start your application for consideration for fall 2019. We begin reviewing applications in September. The application deadline is January 1 for international applicants and February 1 for domestic applicants. All admission requirements must be received by the application deadline.

 

Fellowship and Financial Support

 

Admitted applicants are awarded a Research and Teaching Fellowship that includes a tuition waiver and annual stipend of $20,000. Additional support includes travel for conference presentations.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Program Structure

When does the Ph.D. program start?

Admission is for the fall semester only.

How long does it take to earn a Ph.D.?

The time to complete the program will vary by candidate, but the average time to complete is five years.

When are classes scheduled?

Monday through Friday, throughout the day.

What Ph.D. concentrations are offered?

The College of Business Administration offers five Ph.D. concentrations:

  • Accounting

  • Finance

  • Information Systems

  • Management

  • Marketing

Admission

How many new students are admitted each year?

We admit two to three students per department. On average, we enroll 12 new students per year.

Do I need a master's degree in order to be considered?

Although a master's degree is required to be considered for the program, the degree does not have to be in a business discipline. 

What factors are considered for admission?

Applicants must complete a formal on-line application and pay the application fee. Factors for admission include: courses and grade point average (undergraduate and master's degree program transcripts), essay of goals and objectives, work experience (resume/CV), letters of recommendation and GMAT score. A test of the English language is also required for international applicants.

What is the minimum GMAT score that is accepted?

The minimum GMAT score considered is 600. However, due to the highly competitive nature of the program, high test scores do not guarantee admission.

Can I be reviewed for admission if I have not taken the GMAT?

No, all admission requirements, including GMAT or GRE scores, must be submitted by the deadline in order for an applicant's file to be reviewed.

I have already taken the GRE. Do I need to take the GMAT in order to be considered?

The GMAT is required for the Accounting concentration. The other four concentrations accept GRE scores as long as they correspond to at least a score of 600 on the GMAT.

Do you have conditional admission?

There is no conditional admission to the Ph.D. program. 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is:

  • January 1 for international applicants
  • February 1 for domestic applicants

 

Admission - International Applicants

Are international applicants 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 100 TOEFL IBT and 7 IELTS

Can the English Language Test requirement be waived?

Kent State University's general 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

Financial Assistance

What does the Teaching and Research fellowship include?

The fellowship award includes a tuition waiver for all courses required in the Ph.D. program, along with a $20,000 annual stipend. Doctoral students are expected to serve as graduate teaching and research assistants in exchange for the award. This responsibility provides teaching experience and is typically complementary to the student's research focus. 

If admitted, how can I apply for a teaching and research fellowship?

There is not a separate fellowship application. All admitted applicants are awarded a Teaching and Research Fellowship.

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Program Director and Coordinators

  • Ph.D. in Business Administration Program Director 
    Emmanuel Dechenaux, Ph.D.
    Professor
     edechena@kent.edu
     330-672-1106

  • Alam Pervaiz, Ph.D.

    Accounting, Ph.D. Program Coordinator  
    Pervaiz Alam, Ph.D., CPA
    Professor
     palem@kent.edu
     330-672-1121

  • Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D.

    Finance, Ph.D. Program Coordinator
    Xiaoling Pu, Ph.D.
    Olga A. Mural Risk Management Associate Professor
     xpu2@kent.edu
     330-672-1200

  • Murali Shanker, Ph.D.

    Information Systems, Ph.D. Program Coordinator 
    Murali Shanker, Ph.D.
    Professor
     mshanker@kent.edu
     330-672-1165

  • Murali Shanker, Ph.D.

    Management, Ph.D. Program Coordinator 
    Murali Shanker, Ph.D.
    Professor
     mshanker@kent.edu
     330-672-1165

  • Jennifer, Ph.D.

    Marketing, Ph.D. Program Coordinator
    Jennifer Wiggins, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
     jwiggin2@kent.edu
     330-672-1259

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