School of Business

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1654 Naismith Drive
Lawrence, KS 66045
785-864-3841
bschoolphd@ku.edu

Charly Edmonds, Director, Ph.D. Program
785-864-3841

Financial Aid

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program receive financial assistance. Contingent on satisfactory progress and availability of funds, the school provides financial assistance to most students for the first 4 years of their programs. Financial assistance is available in varying degrees through assistantships, fellowships, grants, loans, and employment.

Assistantships

During the first year, most doctoral students are appointed as research or teaching assistants. During 2016-17, a graduate teaching assistantship paid about $1,900 a month, and a 50-percent-time graduate research assistantship paid about $1,900 a month plus tuition and fees. Appointment as a graduate teaching assistant at 40-percent time or more entitles the student to a 100-percent tuition waiver.

For non-native speakers of English, appointment as a graduate teaching assistant is only made after the student passes the SPEAK test or the Test of Spoken English administered by KU’s Applied English Center.

Fellowships and Grants

The School of Business has been successful in nominating doctoral students for fellowships and grants from sources outside the school. Business students have received awards from the Richard D. Irwin Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Beta Gamma Sigma, the American Accounting Association, Accounting Doctoral Scholars, and KU. These awards allow the student to receive support for a semester while working on his or her dissertation.

The School of Business maintains active files on these and other sources of fellowships and grants, recommends qualified students for the awards, and works closely with students in submitting application materials

Visit the Graduate Studies website for information about other funding opportunities for graduate students at KU.

Assistance in the form of loans or employment is available through:

Financial Aid and Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
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Lawrence, KS 66045-7576
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Ph.D. Admission

The applicant must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. No specific undergraduate preparation in business is required.

The applicant must demonstrate competence as a scholar through a high level of previous academic performance and high percentile scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test or Graduate Record Examination. Scores may not be older than five years at the time of application. In addition, international applicants must present high scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language, or IELTS.

Finally, the applicant must demonstrate the ability for doctoral study in business, either by a record of achievement in previous professional or academic experience, including research and scholarship, or through letters of recommendation and a personal interview.

These requirements are intended only as suggestions for minimum admission standards. They should not be construed as a guarantee of admission to the Ph.D. program.

A $65 nonrefundable application fee for domestic students and $85 for international students, payable to the University of Kansas, must accompany all applications.

Submit your graduate application online.

 

Doctor of Philosophy in Business

The program is designed for students who wish to become scholar-teachers. It develops the capacity for original research and effective teaching by providing mastery of the knowledge in a particular field, a thorough understanding of research methodology, the ability to communicate effectively, and the motivation for continuing self-education. Students must specialize in a concentration and develop a broad knowledge of other areas of business and their interrelationships in the management function.

As of fall 2016, 32 students were enrolled in the Ph.D. program. The program will continue to be limited in size so each student can work closely with faculty members to receive substantial individual attention.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

By the end of the third semester of the aspirant’s program (excluding summer sessions), an aspirant must complete the following qualifier requirements. All aspirants must demonstrate some proficiency in doing original research of publishable quality and some proficiency in teaching.

Accounting

Ph.D. students must take the following:

DSCI 920
DSCI 921
Probability for Business Research
and Statistics for Business Research
4
DSCI 921Statistics for Business Research4
BE 917Advanced Managerial Economics3
EPSY 810Regression and ANOVA: General Linear Models3
ECON 715Elementary Econometrics3
DSCI 922Advanced Regression3
ACCT 928Introduction to Accounting Research3
ACCT 929Seminar in Archival-Based Accounting Research3
ACCT 932Seminar in Financial Accounting Research I3
Select from one of the three tracks below:
Auditing track:
Seminar in Auditing Research I
Seminar in Auditing Research II
Financial track:
Seminar in Financial Accounting Research II
Seminar in Business Finance
OR
Seminar in Investments
OR
Seminar in Financial Institutions
Tax track:
Seminar in Empirical Tax Research I
Seminar in Empirical Tax Research II
Select four of the below courses:
Seminar in Business Finance
Seminar in Investments
Seminar in Financial Institutions
Topics in Industrial Organization
The Theory of International Finance
Financial Economics
Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Game Theory and Industrial Organization
Economics of Regulation
The Advanced Theory of International Finance
The Theory of International Trade
Advanced Financial Economics
Selected Topics in Economic Theory: _____
Advanced Econometrics I
Advanced Econometrics II
Advanced Econometrics III
Financial Econometrics
Psychological Statistics: Foundations and Applications
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Multivariate Analysis
Multilevel Modeling
Categorical Data Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling I
Sampling Techniques
Nonparametric Statistics
Mathematical Logic
Probability Theory
Statistical Theory

Decision Sciences

Ph.D. students must take the following:

DSCI 920Probability for Business Research4
DSCI 921Statistics for Business Research4
BE 917Advanced Managerial Economics3
OR
ECON 700Survey of Microeconomics3
MATH 765Mathematical Analysis I3
MATH 790Linear Algebra II3
ECON 715Elementary Econometrics (OR)3
OR
DSCI 922Advanced Regression3
DSCI 740Seminar in Decision Sciences: _____3
DSCI 934Seminar in Probability and Statistics:_____3
DSCI 935Seminar in Optimization: _____3
DSCI 995Doctoral Seminar in Decision Sciences: _____2-5
SCM 995Doctoral Seminar in Supply Chain Management2-5
SCM 998Independent Study for Doctoral Students1-5
Select four of the below courses:
Investments I
Investments II
Business Investment
Business Financing
Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Advanced Econometrics II
Advanced Marketing Research
Introduction to Marketing Models
Pricing and Strategy
Product Management
Latent Trait Measurement and Structural Equation Models
Structural Equation Modeling II

Finance

Ph.D. students must take the following:

DSCI 920Probability for Business Research4
OR
MATH 727Probability Theory3
DSCI 921Statistics for Business Research4
OR
MATH 728Statistical Theory3
DSCI 922Advanced Regression3
ECON 801Microeconomics I3
ECON 802Microeconomics II3
BE 917Advanced Managerial Economics3
FIN 901Current Research in Finance2
FIN 937Seminar in Business Finance3
FIN 938Seminar in Investments3
FIN 939Seminar in Financial Institutions3
Advanced elective in finance or ecomoics or research methods
ECON 817Econometrics I3
ECON 818Econometrics II3
Select one of the three sequences below:
Sequence 1:
Elementary Econometrics
Advanced elective in research methods
Sequence 2:
Introduction to Accounting Research
Seminar in Financial Accounting Research I
Sequence 3:
Economics of the Labor Market
Applied Microeconomics

Human Resources Management

Ph.D. students must take the following:

MGMT 905Philosophy of the Behavioral and Organizational Sciences3
MGMT 906Behavioral Research Methods4
MGMT 916Seminar in Organization Theory3
Select one of the following in microeconomic theory:3
Business Economics
Advanced Managerial Economics
Survey of Microeconomics
MGMT 950Personnel Selection and Effective Work Performance3
MGMT 951Training, Developing, and Managing Careers in Organizations3
MGMT 952Strategic Human Resource Management3
MGMT 998Independent Study for Doctoral Students1-5
Select one of the below courses:
Designing Effective Work Environments in Organizations
Individual and Interactionist Perspectives of Organizations
Creativity, Innovation, and Change in Organizations
Economic Theories of Strategic Management
Behavioral Theories of Strategic Management
Research in International Management and Strategy
Select one of the two sequences below:
Sequence 1:
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Sequence 2:
Probability for Business Research
Statistics for Business Research
PSYC 893Multivariate Analysis4
PSYC 896Structural Equation Modeling I4
Select one of the courses below:
Multilevel Modeling
Test Theory
Structural Equation Modeling II
Meta-Analysis

Marketing

Ph.D. students must take the following

Choose at least five of the following courses:
MKTG 952Introduction to Marketing Models3
MKTG 954Pricing and Strategy3
MKTG 955Product Management3
MKTG 956Current Topics in Behavioral Marketing Research3
MKTG 957Managerial Issues in Marketing3
MKTG 958Consumer Judgment and Decision Making3
MKTG 959Affect, Cognition and Hedonic Consumption3
MKTG 960Emotion and Motivation3
MKTG 953Marketing Communications3
AND
DSCI 920Probability for Business Research4
BE 917Advanced Managerial Economics3
Choose at least three of the following courses:
Social Attitudes
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Psycholinguistics I
Advanced Social Psychology I
Advanced Social Psychology II
Proseminar in Communication and Aging
Gerontology Proseminar
Advanced Human Learning and Memory
Altruism and Helping Behavior
Choose at least three of the following courses:
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Experimental Research Methods in Social Psychology
Multivariate Analysis
Multilevel Modeling
Categorical Data Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling I
Seminar: The Measurement of Attitudes
Methods & Professional Issues in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences
Longitudinal Data Analysis
Seminar: _____
Structural Equation Modeling II
Statistics for Business Research
Two additional courses are required

Organizational Behavior

Ph.D. students must take the following:

MGMT 905Philosophy of the Behavioral and Organizational Sciences3
MGMT 906Behavioral Research Methods4
MGMT 916Seminar in Organization Theory3
Select one of the following in microeconomic theory:3
Business Economics
Advanced Managerial Economics
Survey of Microeconomics
MGMT 953Designing Effective Work Environments in Organizations3
MGMT 954Individual and Interactionist Perspectives of Organizations3
MGMT 955Creativity, Innovation, and Change in Organizations3
MGMT 998Independent Study for Doctoral Students1-5
Select one of the below courses:
Personnel Selection and Effective Work Performance
Training, Developing, and Managing Careers in Organizations
Strategic Human Resource Management
Economic Theories of Strategic Management
Behavioral Theories of Strategic Management
Research in International Management and Strategy
Select one of the two sequences below:
Sequence 1:
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Sequence 2:
Probability for Business Research
Statistics for Business Research
PSYC 893Multivariate Analysis4
PSYC 896Structural Equation Modeling I4
Select one of the courses below:
Multilevel Modeling
Test Theory
Structural Equation Modeling II
Meta-Analysis
Categorical Data Analysis
OR
Nonparametric Statistics
Seminar: The Measurement of Attitudes
Longitudinal Data Analysis
OR
Seminar: _____
Field and Evaluation Research Methods in Social Psychology
Experimental Research Methods in Social Psychology
Methods & Professional Issues in the Cognitive & Brain Sciences
Introduction to Research Methods
Qualitative Research Methods in Communication Studies
Sociological Research
Seminar on Special Topics in Methods: _____
Doing Ethnography
OR
Field Methods and Participant Observation

Strategic Management

Ph.D. students must take the following:

MGMT 905Philosophy of the Behavioral and Organizational Sciences3
MGMT 906Behavioral Research Methods4
MGMT 916Seminar in Organization Theory3
Select one of the courses below:
Business Economics
Advanced Managerial Economics
Survey of Microeconomics
MGMT 956Economic Theories of Strategic Management3
MGMT 957Behavioral Theories of Strategic Management3
IBUS 950Research in International Management and Strategy3
MGMT 998Independent Study for Doctoral Students1-5
Select one of the below courses:
Strategic Human Resource Management
Designing Effective Work Environments in Organizations
Individual and Interactionist Perspectives of Organizations
Creativity, Innovation, and Change in Organizations
Select one of the two sequences below:
Sequence one:
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Statistical Methods in Psychology II
Multivariate Analysis
Advanced elective statistics course
Sequence two:
Probability for Business Research
Statistics for Business Research
Advanced econometrics course
Advanced econometrics course
Two additional courses are required

These courses should be completed in the first 2 years of a student’s program. In addition, students must take area-specific core courses defined by their area group. At or before the end of the aspirant’s third semester in the program, a qualifier assessment team, composed of five faculty members, holistically determines whether or not a student continues in the program.

The aspirant for the Ph.D. in business administration must have an area of concentration, supporting areas, and preparation in research methodology.

Concentration

Each aspirant, with the assistance of her or his faculty advisor and the area faculty, selects an area of concentration from the traditional business disciplines of accounting, finance, human resources management, decision sciences, marketing, organizational behavior, and strategic management. An aspirant also may propose an interdisciplinary concentration that is a combination of these disciplines, or may include emphases such as international business, law, and economics. The aspirant must take at least five advanced courses in the concentration. These courses may include those offered outside the School of Business.

Supporting Areas

Course work in the area of concentration is supplemented and strengthened by study in one or two supporting areas. A supporting area is one that supplements and complements the concentration. The aspirant satisfies the supporting area requirement by taking at least 4 advanced courses in the supporting areas (at least 2 courses in each of 2 supporting areas or at least 4 courses in 1 supporting area). Courses recommended for preparation for the qualifier assessment may not be included in satisfying the supporting area requirement.

Probation and Dismissal Guidelines

To be in good standing, a student must maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average; if the grade-point average falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation. This is followed by a letter to the student confirming the probation and explaining the student’s options.

A student is placed on probation for 1 academic semester. If the cumulative grade-point average has not risen to 3.0 in the next semester of enrollment (excluding summers), the student can either be dismissed or allowed to continue on probation. Continued probation requires the area director for the student’s concentration to write a letter to the Ph.D. team explaining why the student should be allowed to continue.

A graduate student can be dismissed on recommendation of the area director for the student’s concentration. Usually a graduate student is dismissed because of a low grade-point average; however, failure of examinations or failure to make satisfactory progress toward the degree is also cause for dismissal. Academic dismissal should occur before a semester begins; but if a student is dismissed during the semester, the dismissal is effective only at the end of the semester in which the Ph.D. team gives notification of dismissal.

Policy for KU School of Business Ph.D. Program on Academic Misconduct:

We believe that doctoral students should be held to a higher standard with regard to academic integrity than other students in the School given their future role in doing research and teaching in the university setting as well as enforcing such standards in their own classes.  To this end, the faculty of the KU School of Business provides a course, Bus 903 - Responsible Conduct in Research, that is required of each student in the Ph.D. program.

Consistent with USRR 2.5.1 and existing Graduate Studies Policies on "Good Academic Standing" and "Dismissed Enrollment," this document discusses the guidelines for probation and dismissal of doctoral students who commit academic misconduct.  The Ph.D. program administrators will regularly check with the Provost's office for any records of misconduct by business doctoral students in any class at KU (inside or outside of the School of Business).  For example, these checks will occur (but are not limited to): (a) at the end of the first year for use in the qualifying review process; (b) prior to start of any teaching responsibilities; (c) prior to comprehensive exams; (d) prior to the dissertation proposal defense.  Instances of misconduct will be shared with the members of the Ph.D. team, advisor, and deans of the School.

The first case of any academic misconduct in a class anywhere in the university may result in probation or dismissal of the student depending on the severity of the misconduct and the student's response.  It is expected that the advisor, Ph.D. team chair and team members, and Ph.D. program director will all be granted access to the details of a misconduct case by the professor involved.  If probation, the conditions for the probation are set by the Ph.D. team chair and Ph.D. program director in consultation with the advisor and Ph.D. team members.  The conditions may include (but are not limited to) such assignments as reviewing the literature on the area of the responsible conduct in research violated by the misconduct and/or reviewing the material covered in the target class.  These conditions and the choice of probation vs. dismissal will be based on the details of each individual case.  Importantly, if the student is not dismissed as a result of the first offense and if the conditions for the probation are not met in a timely manner, or if a second act of misconduct occurs, the student will likely be dismissed from the Ph.D. program.

Dissertations will also be reviewed by the advisor and program director for academic misconduct before being submitted to the Research and Graduate Studies Office.  Academic misconduct on a dissertation is grounds for dismissal from the program.  Academic misconduct on the dissertation that is not discovered until after graduation may be grounds for revoking the Ph.D. degree.  In summary, the Ph.D. program in the KU School of Business seeks to maintain the highest standards of academic integrity with this policy.

Research Methodology

When preparing for the qualifier assessment, area groups should ensure that the student’s program includes adequate preparation in research methodology.

Responsible Scholarship

Students in the first year must enroll in BUS 903 Responsible Conduct of Research. This course builds students’ abilities to analyze ethical issues and introduces students to various issues that may arise while engaging in the research endeavor.

Note: Contact your department or program for more information about research skills and responsible scholarship, and the current requirements for doctoral students. Current Lawrence and Edwards Campus policies on Doctoral Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship are listed in the KU Policy Library.

Teaching

Students enroll in BUS 902 Teaching Seminar during the first semester in which they teach independently. Before the completion of the Ph.D. program, all students also must have teaching experience equivalent to teaching at least 2 undergraduate courses independently in 2 different semesters.

Examinations

To advance to candidacy, the student must pass a written-oral comprehensive examination in the concentration. Finally, the student must pass an oral defense of the dissertation research proposal and the dissertation.