Learning Goals

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Management program is designed to train scholars to develop and sharpen management theories to enhance their contribution to management education and practice. Students acquire advanced knowledge of literature and theory in their area of specialization, the major, as well as solid grounding in a minor that provides a foundation for their area of specialization. The curriculum provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills, which is essential for publishing in leading academic journals.

PhD in Management Learning Goals

The learning goals of the PhD in Management program as adopted by the PhD Program Development Committee are as follows:

  • We develop graduates with advanced knowledge of literature and theory in their area of specialization (the major)
  • We develop graduates with adequate knowledge of literature and theory in an area other than their specialization (the minor)
  • We develop graduates with theoretical and practical knowledge of advanced research skills
  • We develop graduates prepared to teach at the undergraduate and master’s level in a business school
  • We develop graduates capable of producing original research of quality appropriate for publication in scholarly journals

In addition to the above learning goals, PhD students are also assessed on their progress towards completion of several key milestones:

  • Complete all required courses (with no incomplete grades) and a department approved curriculum paper
  • Successfully complete a comprehensive examination
  • Have a dissertation committee with at least 3 members including a committee chair and a dissertation topic
  • Defend dissertation proposal
  • Complete dissertation