Business Administration - Ph.D.

College of Business Administration
Business Administration Building
Kent Campus
330-672-2772
www.kent.edu/business


Description

The Ph.D. in Business Administration comprises six concentrations:

  • Accounting prepares highly qualified candidates for faculty positions in colleges and universities. In addition to completing doctoral-level coursework and a dissertation, students conduct scholarly research and become effective teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.
  • Finance prepares students for finance faculty positions in colleges and universities. Students complete courses in business and finance, learn how to conduct high-quality, scholarly research and be effective teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.
  • Information Systems creates a strong grounding in areas of behavioral, strategic and economic aspects of global IS decision-making. Students are trained to become renowned scholars and exceptional teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.
  • Management concentration prepares students for academic positions in the field of management. The program is flexible and interdisciplinary. Students may specialize in general management, strategic management or human resource management. Students are trained to be outstanding researchers and teachers. Completing a dissertation is the final step.
  • Marketing prepares highly qualified candidates for positions of professional responsibility in university teaching and research, or administrative and research careers in governmental and private organizations. The program offers a solid balance of teaching experience and preparation for conducting scientific research. Completing a dissertation is the final step.
  • Supply Chain Management: Prepares students to address our technology-powered economy by information and driven by knowledge. The concentration educates students in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research in order to address the supply and value chain management challenges facing organizations today. Completing a dissertation is the final step.

Fully Offered At:

  • Kent Campus

Accreditation

AACSB, International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Ph.D. in Business Administration is in the fall semester only.

  • Official transcript(s)
  • GMAT or GRE (for the Accounting concentration, only GMAT is acceptable)
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 600 TOEFL score (100 on the Internet-based version), minimum 85 MELAB score, minimum 7.0 IELTS score or minimum 68 PTE Academic score. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission websiteEffective spring 2018.

For more information about graduate admission, please visit the Graduate Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Ph.D. program will be able to:
  1. Master the core knowledge and research tools in their area of specialization (knowledge).
  2. Demonstrate the capacity to produce research that
    1. constitute a significant contribution to their field of study, and
    2. is publishable in high-quality, peer-reviewed academic journals (quality research).
  3. Effectively teach undergraduate and graduate students in the curriculum of research-focused universities (teaching).
  4. Be placed at schools with strong graduate programs in business (placement).

 

 
 

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
BAD 71094COLLEGE TEACHING 1
BAD 84023LINEAR STATISTICAL MODELS 3
BAD 80199DISSERTATION I 130
Department Electives 20-9
Choose from the following:6
MICROECONOMIC THEORY I
MACROECONOMIC THEORY I
ECONOMETRICS II
TIME SERIES ANALYSIS
SYSTEMS SIMULATION
MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS
PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE AND BUSINESS MODELS
STOCHASTIC MODELS
RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
RESEARCH DESIGN
ANALYTICAL METHODS IN MARKETING RESEARCH
SEMINAR IN MARKETING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Minor Requirements
Doctoral Minor Areas
The minor area consists of a minimum of four courses (12 credit hours) without a comprehensive examination.
Choose from the following:12
Alternatively, upon approval of area coordinator, a student may select four courses specific to a research focus in lieu of a minor
Concentrations
Choose from the folllowing:15
Minimum Total Credit Hours:67
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Successful completion of the comprehensive examinations and approval of a dissertation topic shall constitute admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree. The final phase of the Ph.D. program is the preparation of the Ph.D. dissertation. Upon completion, the dissertation is defended before a committee of the graduate faculty. Each doctoral candidate must register for BAD 80199 for a total of 30 credit hours. It is expected that a doctoral candidate will continuously register for Dissertation I, and thereafter BAD 80299, each semester, including summer, until all requirements for the degree have been met.

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Need determined by department.

Graduation Requirements

  • The Ph.D. program consists of four phases: supportive coursework, concentration and minor (or alternative) coursework, comprehensive examinations and dissertation.

Accounting Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
ACCT 83098RESEARCH IN ACCOUNTING 3
ACCT 83031AUDITING ISSUES 3
ACCT 83033MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING ISSUES 3
ACCT 83037FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING ISSUES 3
ACCT 83038BASIC ACCOUNTING RESEARCH METHODOLOGY 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Finance Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
FIN 86061THEORIES OF FINANCIAL DECISION-MAKING 3
FIN 86062THEORY OF CORPORATE FINANCE 3
FIN 86064INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL MARKETS, INSTUTIONS AND MANAGEMENT 3
FIN 86066INVESTMENT THEORY 3
FIN 86098RESEARCH IN FINANCE 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15
 

Information Systems Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
MIS 84080INNOVATION, ADOPTION, DIFFUSION 3
MIS 84045SOCIAL ISSUES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS 3
MIS 84081INFORMATION SYSTEMS STRATEGY AND INNOVATION 3
MIS 84277ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THEORY 3
MIS 84291SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Management Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
Management Electives, choose from the following:15
ECONOMETRICS II
ECONOMICS OF LABOR MARKETS
QUALITATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN
VALUE AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
ACQUIRING HUMAN RESOURCES
THEORY OF THE FIRM
OPTIMIZING HUMAN RESOURCES
STATISTICS FOR MANAGEMENT
THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL GLOBAL STRATEGY
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND THEORY
TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION STRATEGY
SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS II
SURVEY RESEARCH METHODS
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Marketing Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
MKTG 85057RESEARCH DESIGN 3
MKTG 85063ANALYTICAL METHODS IN MARKETING RESEARCH 3
MKTG 85064BUYER BEHAVIOR 3
MKTG 85066MARKETING THEORY 3
Choose from the folllowing:3
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
MARKETING STRATEGY AND PLANNING
SEMINAR IN MARKETING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15

Supply Chain Management Concentration Requirements

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Concentration Requirements
MIS 74019RESEARCH SEMINAR IN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT 3
MIS 84011SYSTEMS SIMULATION 3
MIS 84012SCHEDULING AND PLANNING 3
MIS 84015STOCHASTIC MODELS 3
MIS 84291SEMINAR IN MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS 3
Minimum Total Credit Hours:15