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PhD Program

PhD Program Graduate Directors - Front row L to R – Doug McMilin, Economics; Jean McGuire, management; Judith Folse, marketing;
The primary mission of the PhD Program is to develop trained professionals who are qualified to instruct in a university environment and who are capable of conducting scholarly research. It is a research-oriented degree designed to prepare students to conduct original research and teach at the university level.

The PhD Program is designed to be a year-round program of study for full-time students. The program consists of extensive coursework in the major discipline, supporting disciplines, and research methods. Students without previous coursework in business administration may be required to take additional coursework. Usually, the program consists of 2-3 academic years of coursework, after which the student must successfully pass a comprehensive examination. The student then designs and completes their doctoral dissertation, a substantive original research project. The Dissertation stage usually takes about 12-18 months to complete. Overall, our PhD Program usually requires four or more years to finish. Students without a master's degree may take longer to complete the program.

View PhD Program brochure here​.

Interested in learning more? Click one of the links below to find out about our individual programs.

PhD in Accounting
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