Foundation

Your first two years in the Howe School PhD program may be your most exciting. Highly motivated students have chosen to pursue doctoral study because they see it as an intellectually stimulating opportunity. The first two years mark the beginning of that new experience and hold the promise of a career in academia or in a research-oriented organization.

In many respects these first two years are also the most challenging. The pace of the course work is brisk, and expectations – both of students and faculty – are high. The PhD educational process is very autonomous, requiring personal goal setting, self-motivation, and application to hard work. For many, it is also a year of adapting to changes: new friends, a new university, a new city and, for some, a new culture and climate.

During the first two years of study you will develop a solid foundation in management theory, microeconomics, computational methods, and research methods. These core courses provide the theoretical and analytical skills necessary for you to work productively within your particular area of study and research within technology management, information management, or telecommunications management.

At the end of your second year of full-time study you will take a qualifying examination assessing your mastery of the core topics covered in the first two years: microeconomics, organizations, decision theory, and statistics/methodology.

The Howe School's faculty and staff are committed to helping you as you assimilate into your new environment, complete your course work, and become a vital part of the Stevens community.