Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions
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Below are the answers to questions that many prospective applicants have asked about the doctoral program in business. We list them here because they did not fit easily into the flow of the other doctoral web pages.

What is the Application Deadline?

The application deadline is June 1. The admission committee may consider applications received after the deadline for admission in either the current or in a future semester. The program invites applications throughout the year and will notify you when various application documents arrive. You will be invited for an interview soon after your admission file is complete. For applications completed before April 1, the program sends admission decisions one week after your interview. For completed applications received after March 31, it sends admission decisions on July 1. Please review the application instructions on the Admissions Materials page for more details.

Can the work of the program be accelerated?

To accelerate the program, you can register for more than one advanced elective in some semesters and can accelerate work on your dissertation. However, the Executive Friday schedule limits an accelerated schedule to a minimum of three years.

Do any of the academic credits from my MBA transfer to the DPS degree?

Since an MBA, or similar masters degree, is required for admission to the DPS program, credits earned for a masters degree do not transfer. However, applicants who have earned advanced graduate credits that were not considered part of a prior degree or certificate may request up to six transfer credits.

What happens if I cannot attend an Executive Friday?

You must petition in advance to be excused from an Executive Friday. The doctoral office, in consultation with other doctoral faculty, will decide if an excuse is warranted; otherwise you must withdraw from the program. Usually, work-schedule conflicts are not an acceptable excuse. Attendance is important because missing an Executive Friday is normally equivalent to missing 25% of the formal class time with the faculty.

Can I take a leave of absence from the program?

In unusual circumstances, you can take a leave of absence from the program. However, a leave may delay completion of the program and does not extend the five-year completion time limit.

Must I always take one advanced elective each semester?

You should complete six advanced electives during your first three years in the program. It could be possible to take more than one elective in a semester; however, the workload would be inadvisable for many full-time professionals.

Can I take independent study electives in the program?

Limited independent study opportunities are available for candidates who have an interest in a special topic that they cannot develop adequately in the courses offered by the Lubin School. For independent study, a candidate works with the director of the program and the coordinator of the concentration to define the topic and identify appropriate faculty to supervise the work.

How do the comprehensive examinations work?

You complete a combined written and oral examination in each of your two concentrations. The written portions of the two examinations are completed in the same week and the oral portions are completed in the following week. Two faculty from each concentration conduct and evaluate the examinations. The faculty member who conducted the doctoral concentration seminar will usually be one of the examiners.

What is a dissertation defense or a dissertation proposal approval meeting?

A dissertation defense is a formal meeting of the dissertation committee with the candidate for the purpose of approving the completed research. A dissertation proposal approval meeting is a formal meeting of the dissertation committee with the candidate for the purpose of approving the design of the research to be completed as part of the dissertation. The individual committee members receive the document two weeks before the meeting and review it. At the beginning of the meeting, the candidate presents a summary of the document and discusses it with the committee. A dissertation proposal is the portion of the dissertation that can be written prior to beginning the field work. It is normally the first three chapters of the dissertation. The committee includes a supervisor and two other full-time faculty members of the Lubin School and two people who are not members of the Pace University faculty.

What is the required grade point average in my MBA?

The program does not have a specific minimum grade point average requirement for admission. Prior grades are one of many factors considered in admission decisions.

Links to More Information

Below are links to other useful sources of information that may answer some of your specific questions about the doctoral program, the Lubin School of Business, or Pace University. Notice that after clicking on any of these links you will leave the doctoral program Web site and enter pages that do not contain links that will return you to the doctoral program Web site.

Information about the Lubin School of Business

For descriptions of most advanced graduate courses listed in the curriculum concentration pages.
Finance Course Descriptions
Management Course Descriptions
Marketing Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about most of the doctoral faculty members and their research and teaching interests.
Accounting Faculty
Finance Faculty
Management Faculty
Marketing Faculty

For general information about the Lubin School of Business.
Lubin School of Business Home Page

Information about Research Facilities

For a complete explanation of the Pace University library system or specific information about library facilities available to distance education students.
Pace University Library

For an introduction to the information technology available through the Wharton Database Services and the Pace University Department of Information Technology.
Wharton Data Research Services
Pace University Information Technology Services

Information about Pace University

For general information about Pace University.
Pace University Home Page

For the Pace University academic calendar.
Pace University Academic Calendar

For the Pace University Class Schedule.
Pace University Class Schedule

For information about Pace University affirmative action.
Pace University Affirmative Action Policy

To return to the Doctoral Program Admissions Page.
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