Business Administration (PHD)


Degrees Offered


The PhD program in Business Administration with a concentration in Management is designed to provide advanced education in either Supply Chain Management or Information Systems Management for students of outstanding ability who desire to pursue careers in academic research institutions. The programs are positioned within a college that includes behavioral science and a university with a strong engineering program.  This combination offers doctoral students rare opportunities for an interdisciplinary approach to research as well as state-of-the-art methods and skill sets in empirical and/or analytical management sciences.  A variety of learning experiences are incorporated into both tracks, including the development of conceptual frameworks and theories, qualitative case and empirical studies, field projects, and in-depth research.  Although the PhD has only two tracks (Information Systems and Supply Chain), Ph.D. students have opportunities to conduct cross-disciplinary research with high-quality faculty from the Department of Management who specialize in entrepreneurship, strategic management and organizational behavior.

To learn more about the program, please contact Janis Miller.


Program of Study

A variety of learning experiences are incorporated into the curriculum, including the development of conceptual frameworks and theories, qualitative case and empirical studies, field projects, and in-depth research. The coursework for the PhD in Management, designed for students to remain on-campus during the 4-5 year duration of their study, includes a rigorous set of intellectually stimulating and challenging scholarly methods, foundation and advanced courses and seminars. The scholarly methods courses address several issues. First, the courses are designed to expose the student to the process of social science research and key methodological issues encountered in management research. Second, the courses are designed to provide in-depth understanding of gathering data through experiments, surveys, participant observation, as well as secondary data sources. Thirdly, the courses provide statistical methods for analyzing and interpreting the data statistically. A broad spectrum of course offerings are available depending on the student’s research interests. Each doctoral student works closely with an Advisory Committee to jointly develop a program of study designed to meet the student’s objectives and the requirements of his/her area of interest and career goals.

At the completion of their coursework, students must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. A doctoral dissertation is also required. Before graduating, each student will have classroom teaching experience and will have either published a paper in a refereed journal or presented a paper at an academic conference.



All PhD students have high-speed access to the Internet and campus-wide networks containing the latest business applications. The Department of Management has a dedicated Enterprise Management Laboratory that provides access to industrial manufacturing resource plan­ning software. The mission of the laboratory is to promote operations management by attracting talented students to the field and uniquely preparing them for career challenges in the profession. This is accomplished through active learning involving modern principles of manufacturing management, leading-edge enterprise resource planning software, teamwork, and leadership.


Application Information

Applications should be received by January 15. Every required item in support of the application must be on file by that date for full consideration. Students interested in competing for University-wide recruiting fellowships (which are in addition to departmental graduate assistantships) must submit their complete packages as early as December 1.  The department will communicate admissions decisions to students before March 15.

An interview is also required unless it is considered infeasible by the Department of Management’s graduate programs committee. A personal, on-campus interview is strongly recommended, but if it is not practical, a telephone interview is also acceptable. Interviews will be arranged by the graduate programs committee and conducted by faculty members active in the respective area of interest.

In general, applicants for admission to the Ph.D. program are expected to have a master’s degree with at least a 3.5 grade point average and score at or above the 75th percentile in each section of the GMAT (quantitative and verbal) or GRE (analytical, quantitative, and verbal). However, recent admissions have been highly competitive with GMAT or GRE scores above the 85th percentile.

Required Documents


The Department offers financial assistance packages to most doctoral students in the form of graduate research or teaching assistantships. Research and teaching assistantships provide a generous stipend plus a significant reduction of tuition and fees. PhD students may be offered assistantships for four or five years (depending on their background) subject to an annual evaluation of satisfactory progress. In addition, applicants may qualify for numerous University-wide recruiting fellowships.


Program Contact(s)

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