PhD Curriculum

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.

Earning a Ph.D. takes approximately four to five years of full-time study, split between taking courses, doing research and writing the dissertation. You will work closely with a faculty adviser, either tenured or tenure-track, who will guide you through the doctoral requirements.

To obtain the Ph.D., you must meet the following degree requirements:

  • A demonstration of a thorough working knowledge of research methodology, statistics, management theory, computational methods, and microeconomics. To fulfill this requirement, candidates must successfully complete a basic set of core courses and pass a qualifying exam.
  • Successful completion and oral presentation of an essay-length research paper after your second year.
  • Successful completion of the Ph.D. comprehensive examinations.
  • Participation in designated doctoral seminars and/or workshops throughout the program.

A successful oral presentation of a written proposal and defense of a doctoral dissertation. The faculty must approve the topic and methodology in advance.