Jun 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Business Administration, Ph.D.


  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing

This Major shares core requirements with the Business Administration, D.B.A  


The Ph.D. degree program offered by the Muma College of Business provides its graduates with preparation for careers as college and university professors and as research and staff personnel in industry and government. The doctoral degree program provides for intellectual growth as students work closely with faculty in seminars, research projects, and other assignments, which develop their teaching and research skills. The curriculum offers breadth of understanding of the integral components of business administration as well as depth of field specialization sufficient to permit the student to make a meaningful contribution to their discipline. The program is sufficiently flexible to allow each student to build upon his or her strengths and to accommodate students with various levels of preparation in a wide variety of fields, and in areas outside the college. However, the degree conferred is Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in one of the departmental areas.

Accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements, as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • Competitive based on GPA, GMAT or GRE
  • Personal statement
  • Recommendations
  • Interview

Curriculum Requirements

Total Minimum Hours: 90

  • Shared Core Requirements – 5 credit hours
  • Breadth, Research, Electives - 28 credit hours minimum
  • Research Methods - 12 credit hours
  • Concentration –minimum 15 credit hours
  • Support Field Hours - 9 credit hours
  • Dissertation- 21 credit hours


Shared Core Requirements (5 Credit Hours)

The core courses are designed to develop the student’s research skills. These courses are required of all students in the major. The College will waive a course only if the student has passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of “B” or better within the preceding five years.

Breadth, Research, Electives requirement (28 Credit Hours)

This requirement is designed to develop an appreciation of the institution of business and to help students see how their areas of specialization fit into this general picture.  With the approval of the doctoral programs committee, a student may satisfy these requirements in the following ways before graduation:

  1. With an undergraduate or graduate degree in any business field from an AACSB (or equivalent) accredited institution in the last 10 years, plus completion of 28 cedit hours of graduate research or elective coursework selected with the advisor.
  2. By successfully completing (or having completed within the last 10 years) a graduate course in at least three of the functional areas outside of their concentration from an AACSB (or equivalent) accredited institution (9 Credit hours), plus completion of 19 credit hours of graduate research or eletive coursework selected with the advisor:
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Information Systems
    • Management, Marketing, and Economics

Research Methods (12 credit hours)

The research methods courses are meant to provide a strong background in quantitative and statistical research skills. These courses are to be determined by the Ph.D. Coordinator in the student’s concentration, considering the student’s research interests and avoiding needless duplication.  A four-course series is required.  An appropriate sequence should be chosen from the following:


Concentration Requirements (15 Credit Hours Minimum)

Students select from the following concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, or Marketing

All students will take at least five (5) courses at the 6000 or 7000 graduate level in an area designated as the student’s Concentration. Students are encouraged to identify courses in the concentration field that will provide experience in applying current research techniques to problems in that field. To accomplish this, the student may propose a combination of formal classroom courses and independent directed-research courses. This combination may include a year-long research seminar in which the groundwork is laid for the student’s dissertation. The specific agenda of courses will be determined by the student’s program committee.

The following fields are offered: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, and Marketing. Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core sections may not be counted as part of the hours required for a concentration field.

Accounting Concentration (15 Credit Hours)

The Accounting concentration emphasizes:

  • The mastery of one or more specialized areas of accounting, such as accounting information systems, auditing, or financial accounting
  • The development of requisite skills to engage in respected applied, practical and scholarly research
  • The development of effective teaching skills

Finance Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Information Systems Concentration (18 Credit Hours)

Students will be required to successfully complete a minimum of six (6) graduate-level seminars, including at least five (5) of the following courses:

Marketing Concentration Requirements (18 Credit Hours)

Students will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 doctoral-level Marketing seminars. 

The six required courses may be selected from the following list:

Support Field (9 Credit Hours)

The support area will consist of a minimum of three graduate level courses (9 hours) from one or more of the fields listed under the concentration field, or elsewhere in the university.  The support field and the concentration field cannot be taken in the same department.  Courses within the support field can be selected to complement the concentration field and in special cases may include courses outside the Muma College of Business.    The nature and number of the support area courses will be determined by the Student’s Program Committee in consultation with the Ph.D. coordinator of the support field department. Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core courses may not be counted as part of the 9 hours required for support fields.

Grade Requirement:
Should a student earn a grade of “C” or lower in a course, the case will be brought before the Doctoral Committee for review.  After reviewing the case, the Committee will take one of the following steps:

a)    Require the student to pass an examination that covers the material relevant to the subject.  A student who fails the exam on the first attempt may retake it within one year.  A student who fails the exam on the second attempt will be subject to dismissal.

b)    Require the student to retake the course.  If the student retakes the course and fails to receive a grade of “B” or better, the student is subject to dismissal.

Comprehensive Qualifying Examinations:

Upon completion of all coursework, students must pass the equivalent of a comprehensive examination in the concentration area. This comprehensive examination may take the form of a written exam or a completed research paper in the student’s area of concentration, depending on the MCOB school’s policy.  

Dissertation (21 Credit Hours Minimum)

Residency Requirement:

Ph.D. students in the College are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per calendar year. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student being placed on conditional status.