Curriculum Year by Year

Rigorous PhD Curriculum

The PhD Program at Coles College of Business is designed to be completed in 3 years and consists of 48 academic credit hours. Students may choose from general areas of business, such as Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, and Management.

Curriculum and Residency Structure for Entering Cohorts

Year One Fall (9 credit hours)

Introduction to Research (3 credit hours)
Research Methods and Basic Data Analysis (3 credit hours)
Discipline Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

* Students attend a one-day orientation at the start of the semester

Year One Spring (9 credit hours)

Analysis of Variance Designs (3 credit hours)
Qualitative Research Methods (3 credit hours)
Discipline Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

Year Two Fall (9 credit hours)

Regression Analysis (3 credit hours)
Dissertation Development in Business Administration (3 credit hours)
Discipline Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

Year Two Spring (9 credit hours)

Advanced Business Research Analysis (3 credit hours)
Doctoral Directed Study (3 credit hours)
Discipline Seminar Course (3 credit hours)

* Students take the Qualifying Exam this semester. After successful completion, students can defend their dissertation proposals.

Year Three Fall (5 credit hours)

Dissertation Research (5 credit hours)

Year Three Spring (5 credit hours)

Dissertation Research (5 credit hours)

Year Three Summer (2 credit hours)

Dissertation Research (2 credit hours)

* Students are eligible to defend their final dissertations in this semester.

Years Four and Five (only if needed)

Additional credit hours are required if students continue past the Summer of Year Three. Credit hour requirements follow the same format as Year Three.

For course descriptions, click Graduate Catalog and search 9000-level courses by discipline.


 
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