Executive Ph.D. Curriculum

The three year Executive PhD program is 80 Credits.

First two years students complete required course work on campus.
The third year students work on their dissertation.

Year 1-2:

  • Tools Courses (9 Credits)
  • Seminar Courses (36 Credits)
  • Research Courses in area of interest (9 Credits)

Year 3:

  • Dissertation Courses (26 Credits)
  • Defense of Dissertation

Tools Courses

QMB 7565 Research Methods 1 (3 credits)
Intermediate-level statistical methods with emphasis on applications and interactive computing. Basic principles of experimental and non-experimental research. Analysis and critique of journal articles from various business disciplines.

QMB 7566 Research Methods 2 (3 credits)
Advanced statistical methods including multiple regression and associated diagnostics, non-linear models, log-linear and logit models, and logistic regression. Emphasis on published applications and interactive computing.

ECO 6424 Topics in Econometrics (3 credits)
Selected topics in Econometrics.

Seminar Courses

ECO 7178 Microeconomic Foundations of Strategic Decision Making (3 Credits)
This course teaches analysis of strategic decisions. The primary emphasis is on decisions at the line of business level, although we will also consider strategy at the corporate level. The primary analytical method is economics.

ECO 7296 Contemporary Issues in Global Macroeconomics (3 Credits)
Advanced analysis of macroeconomics and the global business environment. In-depth discussion of both long-run growth and short-run economic fluctuations. Emphasis is on the macroeconomic and financial connectedness of national economies and on business decision-making in global markets characterized by random shocks, crises, and economic policy uncertainty.

FIN 7895 State of the Art Managerial Finance (3 Credits)
The course covers the theory of practice of financial planning and management. It emphasizes the capital structure of business enterprise, its cost of capital, and its evaluation. Applications of quantitative methods to capital theory.   

FIN 7808 Theory of Corporate Finance: Readings and Empirics (3 Credits)
This doctoral seminar provides an in-depth analysis of theory and empirical research in capital markets and corporate finance. Corporate finance topics include theories of capital budgeting, capital structure, dividends, agency, signaling, corporate governance, financial distress and other areas of corporate finance.

ACG 7837 Survey of Behavioral Accounting Research (3 Credits)
This course serves as a survey of behavioral accounting research for doctoral candidates in the business Ph.D., executive concentration program. The course includes behavioral research methods that are applied to accounting topics that may be of interest to students seeking a business Ph.D. executive concentration. Methods include surveys, experiments and verbal protocols. Topics include accounting education, corporate governance, taxpayer issues, investor judgments and auditor judgments.

ACG 7886 Survey of Archival Accounting Research (3 Credits)
This course is a survey of archival accounting research for doctoral candidates in the Business Ph.D., executive concentration program. The course includes basic archival accounting research methods and topics that are of interest to students seeking a business Ph.D. executive concentration. Methods include simple regression and event studies. Topics include earnings quality, audit quality, audit fees and executive compensation.

MAN 7779 Advanced Management Theory (3 Credits)
Examines the major theoretical perspectives pertaining to both macro level functioning of organizations and micro level individual and group behaviors within organizations, with a special emphasis on the implications for managers.

MAN 7729 Strategic Management (3 Credits)
Top management tasks and responsibilities to ensure the creation of the long-term value of the firm. This includes maintaining the legitimacy of the firm in terms of stockholders, world events, and ethical behavior.

MAR 7936 Seminar in Marketing 1 (3 Credits)
A sequence of courses dealing with a range of significant topics and issues.

MAR 7936 Seminar in Marketing 2 (3 Credits)
A sequence of courses dealing with a range of significant topics and issues.

ISM 7345 Organizational Impacts of Information Systems (3 Credits)
Analysis of theory and research on the impacts of information systems on human behavior and upon organizational design.

ISM 7935 Seminar in Information Systems (3 Credits)
Introduction to the conduct of research in IS: defining research questions, reviewing the literature, developing strategies for empirical investigation, and presenting research findings.

Research Courses

Students will choose area of interest.

ACG 7978 Advanced Research in Accounting (9 credits)
Research focused on accounting studies to prepare for the accounting comprehensive written and/or oral exam in the Ph.D. program or to develop an accounting dissertation topic.

ECO 7917 Advanced Research in Economics (9 credits)
Research focused on Economics to develop a dissertation topic.

FIN 7978 Advanced Research in Finance (9 credits)
Research focused on finance studies to prepare for the finance comprehensive written and/or oral exam in the Ph.D. program or to develop a finance dissertation topic.

ISM 7978 Advanced Research in Information Technology (9 credits)
Research focused on information technology studies to prepare for the comprehensive written and/or oral exam in the Ph.D. program or to develop a dissertation topic.

MAN 7978 Advanced Research in Management (9 credits)
Research focused on management studies to prepare for the management comprehensive written and/or oral exam in the Ph.D. program or to develop a management dissertation topic.

MAR 7979 Supervised Research in Marketing (9 credits)
A directed research experience for doctoral students.

Dissertation Requirements

Each Executive PhD student is required to complete an original body of research targeted at an identifiable business problem. Traditionally, terminal degree candidates focus on scholarly pieces that are targeted for academic research outlets/journals. While the Executive PhD student can develop work along a similar line, they may also seek to address more applied business issues or phenomena. 

The expectation is that the Executive PhD student will collaborate with a dissertation advisor (major professor) during the latter stages of their second year of course work and collaborate with that advisor to form a committee to assist in the development, delivery, and evaluation of an original body of research.

Stages of dissertation:

Advisor Selection and the Constitution of the Dissertation Committee
This is typically done in the latter stages of the second year of course work.  However, students are encouraged from the beginning of the program to begin the search for their chair seeking to match research interest and skill sets needed to produce deliverables.

Dissertation Proposal
The student will work with their dissertation chair and committee to develop a formal proposal of an appropriate topic.  This is done typically in the summer of the second year in the program or the fall of the third year.

Dissertation Hours
During the third year of study, the student will work closely with their chair and dissertation committee to complete the proposed research project.  During this time the student will remain continuously enrolled for a minimum of 26 dissertation credit hours.

Formal Defense of the Dissertation
By the end of the third year all 80 credit hours of classwork and dissertation hours should be completed.  When ready, the student will formally present and defend their dissertation.  Upon a successful defense, the student is ready to graduate subject to any other conditions of the university.  If the student has not successfully defended their dissertation and has completed the required 80 credit hours, they are required to remain continuously enrolled until a successful defense.

Examples of dissertation topics include, but are not limited to:

  • A traditional research dissertation
  • A research effort focused on applied business applications
  • A portfolio of articles targeting academic research outlets
  • A portfolio of articles targeting applied business research outlets
  • A combination of the above
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