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Program Overview

The Doctoral Program in Business Administration offers six areas of concentration:

These areas parallel the cross-functional composition of the department. The presence of these diverse areas of concentration within a single department provides special opportunities for cross-functional fertilization.

Mission

The mission of the program is to prepare students to excel at two primary academic roles: knowledge creation and knowledge dissemination. The program has had a high degree of success in fulfilling its mission. Our goal is to ensure that this tradition is maintained, but also to strive for continuous improvement in training world-class researchers and teachers.

Outline of the Program

 

First Year

The course outline in each of the first two semesters of the program (i.e., Fall and Spring semesters of the first year) is listed below.

Fall Semester
Scholarship in Business Administration I - Substantive and Theoretical Perspectives 2 hours
Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12.0 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0.0 hours
Spring Semester
Scholarship in Business Administration I - Methodological and Philosophical Perspectives 2 hours
Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12.0 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0.0 hours

Second Year

The course outline for the third and fourth semesters of the program (i.e., fall and spring semesters of the second year) are listed below:

Courses in Area of Concentration/Minor/Research Methodology 12.0-14.0 hours
Pro-seminar in Area of Concentration 0.0-2.0 hours

Third Year

Students may take any appropriate courses to build their research skills and depth of knowledge in their selected area of study or to fulfill the requirement of breadth in business-related disciplines.

Proposal Defended/Preliminary Examination Passed by the end of Year 3.

Fourth Year

Students are required to register for dissertation credits; a total of 32 hours are required for graduation.

Final Thesis Defense

Students should check with their assigned advisor for the schedule of courses.

 

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