Program Sequence

[doctorate in business]
Typical Program Sequence
Graduating in 5 Years 

The table below provides a typical sequence of courses and activities you complete to advance through the program. All doctoral seminars are delivered in a blended learning format in which students attend class sessions on five Fridays of the semester and participate continuously in weekly online discussion forums. On Doctoral Fridays, one course is conducted from 8:00 am to noon and another from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Year Semester Course No. Notes Course Title
1st Autumn DPS 805
DPS 870
Elective
A
A
B
Doctoral Foundation Seminar in Management
Explorations in Business Research
1st Spring DPS 820
DPS 840
Elective
A
D
B
Doctoral Foundation Seminar in Finance and Economics
Doctoral Foundation Seminar in Marketing
 
2nd Autumn DPS 875
DPS 881
A, C
B
Regression Analysis
Publishing Tutorial 1
2nd Spring DPS 876
DPS 882
Elective
A, C
D
Selected Topics in Multivariate Analysis
Publishing Tutorial 2
3rd Autumn DPS 872
Concentration Seminar
 
A
E
 
Research Design and Measurement
Doctoral Concentration Seminar in
   Corporate Finance (FIN 821) or
   Consumer Research (MAR 831) or
   Organization Behavior (MGT 835)
3rd Spring DPS 830
Concentration Seminar
A
E
 
Doctoral Foundation Seminar in Cross Cultural Management
Doctoral Concentration Seminar in
   Capital Markets (FIN 822) or
   Marketing Management (MAR 832) or
   Strategic Management (MGT 836)
4th Autumn DPS 890
 
F
 
Dissertation Seminar 1
Candidate passes doctoral comprehensive examination
Doctoral Program appoints a dissertation committee
4th Spring DPS 891
 
F
 
Dissertation Seminar 2
Candidate presents dissertation proposal to committee for approval
5th Autumn DPS 892
 
F
 
Dissertation Seminar 3
Candidate collects and analyzes empirical data
5th Spring DPS 893
 
F
 
Dissertation Seminar 3
Candidate completes and defends dissertation


Notes
A All candidates register for all foundation and research seminars. Candidates complete these courses in sequence with their entering cohort. The cohort provides a peer support group as candidates advance through the program. (Candidates are only admitted in the autumn semesters.)
B Electives are three advanced MBA courses in the candidate's concentration approved by a concentration advisor. Although candidates may take electives in any of their first six semesters, they are encouraged to complete them as early as possible in the program. Most electives are scheduled either in an online format or in class sessions that meet for 2 hours and 45 minutes one night per week for 14 weeks. They are not available in the blended learning format of the doctoral seminars. The doctoral program may approve a maximum of six credits of electives for completion at another AACSB accredited business school.
C DPS 875 and DPS 876 assume the knowledge and skill usually acquired in an introductory graduate statistics course. Students who have not completed a statistics course within 5 years prior to admission must complete a course approved by the Doctoral Program during the first year of their doctoral studies.
D Publishing tutorials do not require scheduled meetings. They are 3 credits each earned under the supervision of a faculty member. See curriculum web page for more details.
E Candidates usually complete two concentration seminars during the third year of the program. Since some concentration seminars are scheduled in alternating years, some candidates must complete the two-semester publishing tutorial sequence in the academic year when their concentration seminars are not offered.
F Dissertation seminars do not require scheduled meetings. They are 3 credits each earned while designing, proposing, completing, and defending a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty committee.


Comprehensive Curriculum