Ph.D in Business Administration

 Ph.D. in Business Administration

Manning School of Business at University of Massachusetts Lowell offers a Ph.D. degree in Business Administration. The Ph.D. program is designed for highly qualified students who are committed to scholarly research and teaching, and are motivated to pursue an academic career at business schools. The program also appeals to working professionals who aspire to an advanced degree to enhance their credentials in their current or future industry role or for entrance to academic.

The program focuses specifically on the development of relevant, interdisciplinary research skills applied to current and future business problems and challenges. Students in each of the Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Leadership/Organization Studies and MIS concentrations will study the theoretical framework of their functional area with the option of exploring timely, related interdisciplinary areas. They will master traditional academic research methodologies appropriate to their respective fields, grounded in current industry trends and issues and will understand the benefits of advancing knowledge while recognizing the practical application of that knowledge in advancing economic and regional development locally, nationally and internationally. Graduates will be prepared for academic careers, research careers and upper level executive positions in both public and private companies.

 Program of Study

The Ph.D. program includes six concentrations: Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, Leadership/Organization Studies and MIS. The curriculum consists of a minimum of 36 credits of in-class coursework and 22 credits of dissertation, in addition to the prerequisite courses.

The Ph.D. can be taken on a full or part time basis. Fall and spring sessions begin with the traditional semesters and the summer session begins shortly after the conclusion of the spring session. The expectation is that full time students will finish the program within four years; while part time students will require no more than seven years.

 Prerequisites and Admissions Requirements

Applicants are expected to have successfully demonstrated graduate level knowledge in seven functional areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior, MIS, Operations Management and Strategic Management. Additionally, they will demonstrate undergraduate competency in Calculus, Statistics and Micro/Macroeconomics. Applicants who have deficiencies in any of these areas will be required to successfully complete coursework to fulfill these prerequisites prior to matriculating into the Ph.D. program.

Admissions Requirements:

To qualify for admission into the Ph.D. program, applicants are expected to be graduates of an accredited U.S. college or university or an approved foreign equivalent institution and have earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better in all prior undergraduate and graduate studies.

All applicants must also submit a full Graduate Application, including an official GMAT or GRE score taken within the last five years, official undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts from all previously attended institutions, application form, statement of purpose, application fee, resume, and three letters of recommendation.

If an international transcript does not adequately demonstrate that an applicant has the equivalent of an American bachelor's or master's degree, the applicant must obtain such verification by an independent service such as the Center for Educational Documentation, Boston, MA (617-338-7171). In addition, international students are expected to at least meet the minimum UMass Lowell TOEFL requirements and must submit an official score report.

The faculty admissions committee will review all of the above admissions materials in a portfolio approach.

The program admits new students every other year. Applicants are accepted for the fall only.

 Transfer Credit for the Ph.D. in Business Administration

Up to six credits from other AACSB institutions may be transferred on a on a case by case basis. The faculty committee for the Ph.D. in Business Administration can accept transfer credit for graduate courses from an accredited university with a grade of “B” or better which meet the University policy for graduate transfer credit.

 Degree Requirements for each Ph.D. in Business Administration Concentration

Four Required Foundation Courses (Common to all Ph.D. concentrations) - 3 credits each

  1. MGMT.7300 Research Design Methods I
  2. ECON.7310 Statistics
  3. ECON.7330 Econometrics I
  4. ECON.7300 Microeconomic Theory

Plus one non-credit course - Managerial Research Seminar

 Accounting  Concentration Overview

The accounting concentration will concentrate on relevant bodies of knowledge, such as financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and taxation. The curriculum is designed to develop a high level of student technical and research competence in a specifically defined program area of business. Strong attention will be paid to linking accounting research with accounting practice, specifically guidance relative to best and evolving practices in the accounting field.

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentrations, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses

  1. ECON.7340 Econometrics II
  2. MIST.7370 Multivariate Statistical Methods

Six Concentration Courses

  1. Accounting Research Methodology
  2. Empirical Financial Accounting Research I
  3. Empirical Financial Accounting Research II
  4. Auditing and Corporate governance Research
  5. Two approved Doctoral level electives
  6. And complete all dissertation credits and requirements.

Additional information and concentration coordinator information may be found at: Doctoral Program Fields of Accounting Concentration

 Entrepreneurship Concentration Overview

The Entrepreneurship concentration will develop scholars who are thought leaders in advancing theory and practice within the discipline of entrepreneurship. Ph.D. students will gain a thorough understanding of the existing research on both the micro and macro levels. In particular, the core emphasis is placed on technological commercialization, new venture strategy, corporate entrepreneurship and growth at the firm level.

Course Work

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentrations, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses

  1. MGMT.7330 Research Design Methods II
  2. ECON.7340 Econometrics II OR ECON.7370 Multivariate Statistical Methods

Six Concentration Courses

  1. ENTR.7430 Seminar in Innovation and New Product Development
  2. ENTR.7410 Seminar in Entrepreneurship research
  3. ENTR.7420 Seminar in Corporate Entrepreneurship
  4. ENTR.7440 Current topics in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  5. Two approved Doctoral Level electives

And complete all dissertation credits and requirements. Additional information and Concentration information may be found at: Doctoral Program Entrepreneurship Concentration

 Finance Concentration

The Finance concentration will develop scholars with a deep understanding of financial market, investment theories, financial innovations and strategies and the current challenges facing financial specialists. This program will be grounded with course content, research methodologies and projects developed collaboratively by faculty and financial industry partners to meet the research challenges facing the financial community.

Course Work

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentration, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses

  1. ECON.7340 Econometrics II
  2. MIST.7370 Multivariate Statistical methods.

Six Concentration Courses

  1. FINA.7200 Theory of Finance
  2. FINA.7400 Corporate Finance Theory
  3. FINA.7430 Seminar in Corporate Finance
  4. FINA.7410 Investment Theory
  5. One approved Doctoral level elective
  6. And complete all dissertation credits and requirements.

Additional Information and Concentration Coordinator information may be found at Doctoral Program Finance Concentration.

 International Business Concentration

The international business concentration will prepare scholars who have interest in the theory, research and practice of management with a cross-border or cross-cultural dimension. Given the trend of globalization and the importance of emerging economies, international business has become one of the fastest-growing area of interest by both academic researchers and practitioners.

Course Work

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentrations, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses

  1. MGMT.7330 Research Design Methods II
  2. ECON.7340 Econometrics II OR Qualitative Research Methods OR MIST.7370 Multivariate Statistical Methods

Six Concentration Courses

  1. International Business Research
  2. International Marketing Research
  3. International Finance Research
  4. International Management Research
  5. International Business Research Methods
  6. One approved Doctoral level elective

And complete all dissertation credits and requirements Additional information and Concentration Coordinator information may be found at: Doctoral Program International Business Concentration.

 Leadership/Organization Studies Concentration

The leadership/organization studies concentration crafts scholars in organizational phenomena. In addition to rigorous training in research methodology and statistics, the concentration entails courses in the science of organizational behavior, organization theory and leadership. Students build on this core grounding with tailored coursework that fits their research interests and chosen level of analysis. Accomplished faculty members mentor student research throughout the program and foster their engagement in the progression.

Course Work

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentrations, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses.

  1. MGMT.7330 Research Design Method II
  2. ECON.7340 Econometrics II OR Qualitative Research Methods OR MIST.7370 Multivariate Statistical Methods

Six Concentration Courses

  1. MGMT.7450 Seminar in Organization Theory
  2. MGMT.7460 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
  3. MGMT.7470 Leadership Theory and Concepts
  4. Doctoral Level method elective
  5. Two approved Doctoral level electives

And complete all dissertation credits and requirements. Additional information and Concentration Coordinator information may be found at: Doctoral Program Leadership/Organization Studies Concentration.

 Management Information Systems Concentration

The MIS concentration will focus on innovative an competitive IT / IS management theories, strategies and practices and their impact on organizations and society. Consistent with the other specialization, the MIS specialization will concentrate on current IT/IS challenges facing the industry today. IT / IS industry input and collaboration will be continually sought to develop appropriate projects and maintain currency in this program.

Course Work

In addition to the Four Required Foundation Courses common to all Ph.D. concentration, students must take:

Two Required Advanced Research Design/Methods Courses

  1. MIST.7370 Multivariate Statistical Methods
  2. ECON.7340 Econometrics II OR MGMT.7330 Research Design Methods II

Six Concentration Courses

  1. MIST.7060 Data Analytics
  2. MIST.7070 Electronic Commerce
  3. MIST.7080 Enterprise Systems
  4. MIST.7500 Seminar in Information Systems Research
  5. MIST.7880 Current Topics in MIS
  6. One approved Doctoral level elective

And complete all dissertation credits and requirements. Additional information and Concentration Coordinator information may be found at: Doctoral Program MIS Concentration.

Curriculum Summary

  • Total number of courses required for the degree, 36 Credits
  • Dissertation, 22 Credits
  • Total credit hours required for degree, 58 Credits

First-Year Summer Paper

Ph.D. students will be required to submit one summer research paper at the end of the first year. The paper must be the student's own work; that is the student must be either the single author or the first author of the paper if it is based on a research project with MSB faculty member(s). The quality of the summer paper will be evaluated by the concentration faculty and a grade of "pass/fail" will be granted. Students who fail the summer paper may, at the discretion of their concentration Committee members, be permitted a second and final opportunity to resubmit the summer paper before the end of the first semester of the second year. Ultimately, if the student cannot meet this requirement, the student will be dismissed from the program.

 Doctoral  Qualifying Exam

Students must take a comprehensive doctoral exam, which must be passed prior to students’ enrollment in dissertation credits.

 Doctoral Dissertation (minimum 22 credits)

The minimum number of dissertation credits is 22. During each semester of the dissertation stage, students will register for 1, 3, 6, or 9 credits of direct supervision with their dissertation advisor. Students must successfully pass oral defenses of both the dissertation proposal and of the completed dissertation and submit a complete, approved dissertation to the library for publishing.