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Curriculum and Course Descriptions

  • As a Business PhD student, you will follow a detailed course outline along with your cohort. You’ll have two years of part-time, weekend coursework, finishing with comprehensive exams. After that, you are expected to finish and apply your studies with a dissertation in your field of specialization.

    Potential Course Sequence

    Year 1

    Sequence Course Credits
    Fall Semester Theory Building and Research Methods 3
    Fall Semester Organizational Behavior 3
    Spring Semester Seminar in Managerial Accounting 3
    Spring Semester Quantitative Research Methods 1 3
    Summer Semester MIS Theory and Decision Making 3
    Summer Semester Business Modeling/Quantitative Methods 2 3

    Year 2

    Sequence Course Credits
    Fall Semester Marketing Theory 3
    Fall Semester Global Competitiveness and Sustainability 3
    Spring Semester Financial Institutions and Markets 3
    Spring Semester Global Supply Chain Management—Theory and Practice 3
    Summer Semester Doctoral Seminar in your chosen area of specialization
    6
    Summer Semester Comprehensive Exams

    Years 3 and 4

    Sequence Course Credits
    Dissertation* 12

    *Dissertation Details

    The dissertation represents your opportunity to add a specialization to your PhD in Business degree. You can focus your dissertation in our specialization areas:

    • Accounting
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Human Resources Management
    • International Business
    • Marketing
    • Management Information Systems
    • Supply Chain Management

    Prior to starting your dissertation, you’ll need to select your specialization and the faculty member who will serve as your dissertation chair. Specialization options might differ by cohort based on demand from the individual students in that cohort.

    Course Descriptions

    MKTG/ISDS 811
    Theory Building and Research Methods

    This course constitutes the first research-methods-based training that exposes students to the scientific research process. Procedures of theory development, qualitative and quantitative research designs and methodologies, psychometric modeling and empirical measurement techniques, and certain suited statistical analyses will be dealt with in terms of operationalization and application.

    MGMT 820
    Organizational Behavior

    This course is designed to introduce fundamental theories in organizational research and to develop critical skills of integration, analysis, and presentation of information. Topics examined in a seminar setting will include group dynamics, leadership, motivation, and communication.

    ACCT 840
    Seminar in Managerial Accounting

    This doctoral-level seminar will address major issues in the area of managerial accounting and business applications by reviewing the current literature and analyzing appropriate case studies.

    ISDS/ECON 812
    Quantitative Research Methods 1

    This course will prepare students to identify characteristics that pertain to the internal and external validity of a given experiment. Given a research question, the student will produce a research design which meets minimum criteria of internal and external validity. The student will produce a research design as well as a final project that will allow observation of an “experimental effect” from a management science, statistical, or artificial intelligence methodology viewpoint. The student will be able to design and carry out the appropriate analysis through a program package.

    IFMG 830
    MIS Theory and Decision Making

    This course provides doctoral students from various disciplines with an introduction to key theories in the areas of management information systems (MIS) and decision sciences (DS). Both MIS and DS are inter-disciplinary in nature and borrow from several disciplines such as computer science, organizational studies, organizational behavior, operations management, and psychology. This course adds to, enhances, and deepens understanding of key theories in the MIS and DS area and enables students to incorporate these theories into their research agenda.

    ECON/ISDS 813
    Business Modeling/Quantitative Methods 2

    This course will emphasize the application of advanced statistical techniques commonly used in research within economics and business-related disciplines. Specific topics include time-series econometric analysis, panel-data-regression analysis, limited-dependent-variable models, confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and structural equation modeling.

    Prerequisite: ISDS/ECON 812, Quantitative Research Methods I.

    MKTG 850
    Marketing Theory

    A review of theories, frameworks, and models from the marketing domain in business. Theories from both consumer behavior and the business-to-business areas will be critically examined with a view to generating new knowledge. Both behavioral and analytical frameworks will be discussed.

    MGMT/MKTG/ECON 860
    Global Competitiveness and Sustainability

    This course integrates business strategies with leadership practices that can propel corporate growth while contributing purposefully to the creation of a healthy and sustainable natural environment. The course provides insights and tools that enable an organization to cope with emerging business and societal challenges and generate positive business impact in the global marketplace.

    FIN 870
    Financial Institutions and Markets

    This course covers the structure of modern-financial-institution management from a risk perspective. It will cover material relating to capital markets and investment in financial assets, taking into account globalization and the integration of financial markets. The course will also focus on international corporate finance, including a firm’s exposure to exchange-rate risk and the methods and financial instruments used to manage those risks.

    MGMT 880
    Global Supply Chain Management: Theory and Practice

    This course provides doctoral students with an overview of the literature, theories, and practical aspects of the vast field of supply chain management. Students will learn how customer value can be added during different stages of the supply chain including during product innovation and introduction, purchasing, operations, distribution, logistics, marketing, and sales.

    MGMT/MKTG/FIN/ACCT/IFMG 895
    Doctoral Seminar

    The doctoral seminar introduces PhD students to basic and applied research in a specific area of business—management, marketing, finance, supply chain, human resources, information systems, accounting, international business, or entrepreneurship.

    MGMT/MKTG/FIN/ACCT/IFMG 995
    Doctoral Dissertation

    A culminating scholarly activity requiring independent original research, literature review, data collection, analysis, and written and oral dissemination of findings. Dissertation defense is required.