FAQ

1. What is the likelihood of getting accepted as a part-time student?

The Ph.D. program is primarily a full-time program. Most of the students that we accept will work as teaching or research assistants with faculty, and will be actively involved in the teaching and research process. However, we do consider part-time students. Part-time students must offer a plan as to how they will integrate their work with pursuit of Ph.D.-level research — for example, having an employer allow students to gather data and conduct research from in-house projects. Our goal is to have all of our students interacting with faculty and one another and actively participating in research, colloquia and seminars. For a part-time student, this requires the full support of the employer.

2. Are there minimum GMAT scores required? What is the average for accepted candidates?

We expect applicants to score above the 85th percentile of the GMAT and GRE tests.

3. Assuming I was accepted as a part-time student, what is a realistic timeline for program completion?

Coursework for a part-time student could realistically be completed in three years. Dissertation completions vary considerably, but some students have completed dissertations in two years (this is rare for part-time students).

4. I haven't completed a thesis in the course of my master's study. Will this affect my chances for admission? What is the process for candidates who have not met this requirement?

Completion of a thesis is desirable, but not essential. We admit students conditionally if they have not done independent research equivalent to a master's thesis. Students without a thesis or equivalent are required to complete an independent research study sometime in the first two years.

5. What is the deadline for fall admission?

We make decisions on admissions once a year, on Jan. 31, or when all positions are filled for the following September.

6. What additional coursework is required?

The Ph.D. program requires 54 credits. 36 of these credits can be coursework and the remainders are dissertation credits.

7. I have seen some programs that award a degree upon coursework completion. Does Stevens do this?

No, we do not award such a degree.

8. Are Ph.D.-level courses offered in the summer sessions?

Since we expect our students to be actively involved in research, there are courses that are designed for independent research that could be completed during the summer months and would count towards the credit total.

9. How long does it take to complete the program?
We hope to graduate our students within five years. However, the actual number of years required depends on several factors, including the length of the “qualifying” phase for students who do not have an academic background in business, and type and field of research undertaken. Currently, students take between four and seven years to complete the program.

10. Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?
No. The Ph.D. entails an intensive study and research program, which requires a full-time commitment. Certainly, during the course and early thesis stage, students are required to study full-time.

11. How long does the thesis take?
Depending on the research topic, the field of study, and the type of research undertaken, the thesis typically takes one to two years to research, write and defend.

12. How do I find a supervisor?
Students generally find a thesis supervisor by taking seminars, attending program social functions, taking part in department presentations and workshops, learning about faculty research and through personal contact with faculty members while working as a research assistant or just discussing research ideas.

13. How do I fund the program?
Stevens provides up-front support funding to help students through the first year of the program and arranges for research assistantships with funded researchers. Entrance scholarships are offered to the top applicants, and School of Graduate Studies bursaries and fellowships are available on a competitive basis. In addition, students are encouraged to apply for Government of Canada and Quebec fellowships and bursaries.