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Business School to Offer Management Ph.D.

Program Set for September 2013 Launch

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The Manning School of Business will launch a Ph.D. program next year.

By Daniel Cook

The Manning School of Business is getting ready to offer a PhD in management. The program won final approval last month from the state’s Board of Higher Education and is set to launch in the fall of 2013.

Initially, the program will offer three separate tracks: technology management, finance and management information systems. Tracks in leadership and international business will be added the following year.

Work is under way to recruit faculty for the program.  So far, four new faculty members have been hired and plans call for adding four more, says Asst. Prof. Scott Latham, who will direct the program. Admission will be highly selective; only three to six students will be accepted into each track. Students accepted into the program will have extensive work experience.  

"We hope to attract mid-career professionals who have already achieved success and possibly want to become professors," says Latham. "With the shortage of business Ph.D.s, graduates of this program will have jobs waiting for them both locally and nationally."  
The four-year program will consist of two years of coursework focusing on research skills through core classes in research design and research methods. The third and fourth years will include teaching experience and completing dissertations.

Manning School Dean Kathryn Carter has been working with faculty and administrators to build the program and through a yearlong process requiring approval from the campus, the UMass Board of Trustees and  the Board of Higher Education. 

“The Ph.D. program is just another example of the incredible transformation that is happening at UMass Lowell,” says Latham. “Ph.D. programs are very tough to launch but Dean Carter recognized that to take the next step, we needed a Ph.D. program.”