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Doctoral Program

Core Requirements

Doctoral students must demonstrate their knowledge about basic management areas such as marketing, finance, and organizational behavior. The doctoral adviser and committee evaluate students' academic backgrounds and determine which courses they must take to gain in-depth knowledge about the fundamentals of business management.

Students must also take a three-course research methodology sequence that includes writing a research paper and complete two courses in advanced statistical techniques. In addition, they consult with their faculty advisers to develop a Plan of Study by the second year that specifies the courses they will use to meet the 90-credit graduation requirement.

Students are expected to complete all course work, a qualifying examination, and a comprehensive exam in their areas of concentration by the 3rd year of the program. A candidacy exam, completion of a dissertation, and an oral defense of the dissertation are the final requirements for completing the program.

Areas of Concentration

Students may choose additional concentrations beyond the two main focus areas of the program.  These include areas such as information technology, innovation management and new product development, entrepreneurship, organizational behavior, and global management.


Bill Francis, Ph.D.

Director, Doctoral Programs in Management

Christine Zinzow
Student Services, Doctoral Program


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