Traditional PhD Program


FAU offers a vibrant and challenging Ph.D. program to the right individual.  The traditional Ph.D. program places major emphasis on independent inquiry, the development of competence in research methodology, 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.

Accounting and Finance concentrations admit strong classes each fall.  We recently revised our Management concentration to focus on entrepreneurship (one of the few such programs in the country).  Finally, we are launching our Information Technology and Operations Management concentration this year. Most of our graduates in the traditional Ph.D. program use their degrees to pursue faculty positions at universities.

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

  • Provide the student with in-depth knowledge of fundamental theory and contemporary research issues in an area of concentration and supporting disciplines
  • 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
  • Develop the student's skills in communicating the research results to appropriate audiences in the academic environment, in industry, and in government.

Our alumni appreciate the value-added education and collegial environment.

"My experience in the Accounting Ph.D. program at FAU gave me the tools and training necessary to succeed as a professor.  I continue to benefit from relationships with dedicated and helpful faculty who are committed to helping graduates succeed.  I am grateful to be on the other side of their collegiality, consistent mentorship, and generosity." Dr. Adam Greiner, 2013 (Accounting)

"FAU’s outstanding faculty allowed me to find my passion in a research area and effectively develop my teaching. …. The faculty showed great interest in my success as a researcher, educator, and actively mentored me to ensure that I gained the necessary skills to succeed in the job market, as well as in my post-graduate career." Dr. Margarita Kaprielyan, 2017 (Finance)

"My professors helped me develop into a researcher, networked with and for me, and prepared me for a career in academia." Dr. Bryan Deptual, 2014 (Management)

The traditional 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 in the fall and spring semester. The traditional Ph.D. Program typically requires four to five years of full-time work beyond the Master's degree.

For additional program details, please follow the links to the left for information on admissions, degree requirements, and each specialization, or access the College of Business PhD Program Handbook.

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Mark Kohlbeck, PhD, 
Director of College of Business PhD Program
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