Institute Doctoral Program Requirements

The Ph.D. degree requires 84 credits beyond the Bachelor's degree. Students who already possess an MS degree in Management may be transferred for up to 30 credits without specific course descriptions with approval of the department and the Dean of Graduate Academics. Up to one-third of additional course credits may be transferred with the approval of the thesis committee and the Dean of Graduate Academics. The grade of "B" (3.0 GPA) or better is required for such courses and such courses may not have been already used to obtain an academic degree.

The Ph.D. requires 54 graduate credit hours of course work beyond the master's degree including the completion of a comprehensive examination and the preparation and oral defense of a dissertation. There is no minimum number of classroom courses but a minimum of 18 research credits. The proportion of classroom versus research credit varies from case to case and is decided as part of the advising process.

The PhD studies are limited to six years.

Admission to Doctoral Program

Admission to the Ph.D. program is decided by the Howe School Ph.D. program committee and is based on a review of the candidate’s scholastic record, professional accomplishments, and the fit between his/her research objectives and those of the school’s faculty.

For US students, admission to the Ph.D. program in the Howe School of Technology Management requires that the candidate has an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, preferably in management, economics, social sciences or computer science. 

In addition a master’s degree is usually required before a student is admitted to the Doctoral program. A student’s master’s level academic performance and/or career must reflect his/her ability to pursue advanced studies and perform independent research. 

All Ph.D. applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results taken within the past four years.   

Furthermore a statement of purpose is required.  The Statement of Purpose should be limited to three pages and describe the applicant’s academic interests, proposed course work, research interests and rationale.  Applicants will be strongly encouraged to review available Ph.D. advisors on the HSTM website and identify those who they believe are most closely aligned with their desired areas of research related to the research fields of the Howe School.

The Statement of Purpose not only represents the student’s interests, motivations and goals, but also is a reflection of his/her ability to communicate effectively and reflects the maturity of his/her research aspirations.  Each applicant must also submit an example of his/her written scholarly work.  This work should be written solely by the applicant; published work, if available, is most desirable. 

The following is a summary of the application submission contents:

  • Statement of Purpose includes academic interests, research interests and rationale, general career objectives and desired full/part-time status.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Official transcripts for accredited schools of higher learning (university, colleges, etc.) attended; >3.0 undergrad, >3.5 graduate Typically a GPA of 3.5 or better at master’s level and 3.0 or better at the bachelor’s level are required for admission to the Doctoral program.
  • A Master’s degree in a related area is strongly recommended.
  • GMAT/GRE test scores (not older than 4 years). Students have GMAT scores significantly above 620.
  • International students must demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission by scoring at least 600 (210 for computer based) on the TOEFL examination. TOEFL (iBT > 100 scores for non-native speakers of English).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Evidence of written work: such as a technical document written solely by the applicant; published work is most desirable.
  • Letter of endorsement from employer for all applicants to part-time study.

Applications must be submitted by January 31st for entry in the fall semester.  Applicants who have submitted complete applications by these dates will be notified of their admission decision by April 1st.  Applications received after these dates will be considered for any remaining open positions and notified within four to six weeks after the complete application has been received.

Students Entry Prerequisites

The Howe School Ph.D. program requires proficiency in the English language. International students whose primary language is not English are required to take an examination administered by Stevens. Depending on the results the student is required to take an English development course in the first semester.