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PH.D. Program

Ph.D. Program

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) is a multi-campus institution located in the heart of South Florida, one of the nation's most desirable destinations. The FAU campus in Boca Raton boasts an expansive 850-acre facility, about three miles from the Atlantic Ocean, between Palm Beach in the north and Miami to the south. Additional campuses are located in Davie and Palm Beach Gardens. More than 22,000 full-time and part-time students enjoy the subtropical setting while enrolled in a broad array of outstanding undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and individual programs are accredited by the appropriate accrediting bodies in the various disciplines. The College of Business programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Program Background

The Ph.D. Program is offered in Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, Management, and Marketing within the College of Business. The program prepares candidates for research and teaching careers at universities and for careers within firms or government agencies requiring advanced research and analytical capabilities. Most of our graduates use their degrees to pursue faculty positions at universities.

FAU's Ph.D. program in the College of Business places major emphasis on independent inquiry, on the development of competence in research methodology, on the communication of research findings, and development of teaching skills. Entrants into the program can expect to join a stimulating research environment where interactions with faculty members and fellow students play a vital role in creating research. Students are introduced at the beginning of the program to rigorous course work and to the research activities of the faculty and other students. The number of Ph.D. students in the program is relatively small, which allows the opportunity to work closely with faculty.

The specific objectives of the Ph.D. program are to:

  1. Provide the student with in-depth knowledge of fundamental theory and contemporary research issues in an area of concentration and supporting disciplines;
  2. Develop the student's skills in using research tools (such as statistical methods, econometrics, experimental design, computer software), and the ability to apply these tools with an understanding of the underlying assumptions and the limitation on their use;
  3. Develop the student's skills in communicating the research results to appropriate audiences in the academic environment, in industry, and in government.
    By ensuring that students receive specialized training in business at the highest level, FAU's Ph.D. Program in the College of Business prepares students to pursue specialized careers that require advanced research and analytical capabilities.

Time Commitment

The Ph.D. Program is strictly for full-time students. That is, Ph.D. students are expected to carry a course load of at least nine hours per semester (six hours during the Summer session.). The Ph.D. Program typically requires about four years of full-time work beyond the Master's degree.
The typical full-time course load is three courses per semester. Many courses are offered one day a week for a period of 2 hours and 50 minutes. Most courses for the Ph.D. program are offered at the Boca Raton campus. Some courses may be offered at the Davie campus, depending on the student's area of concentration.

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