Insurance and Healthcare, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program are processed
at same time after the deadline.
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should come from college/university
faculty members familiar with academic competence
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Master's Degree in
Yes. A master's degree in any business (or related)
discipline is required.
Bachelor's Degree in
Statement of Goals:
The Statement of Goals should be approximately
500-1,000 words and should include the following
specific interest in Temple's program; your
research goals; your future career goals;
and your academic and research achievements.
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE/GMAT is required. We require you to submit
your scores on the Graduate Management Admission
Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination
(GRE). In general, we look for scores above the
80th percentile on each portion of the exam.
Minimum TOEFL score or range of
scores needed to be accepted:
600 on the paper version and 250 on the computerized
A resume is required.
Students are required to complete the degree program
through classes offered before 4:30 p.m.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required
Beyond the Master's: 36
BA 616: Econometrics I
ECO 601: Microeconomic Theory
STA 501: Probability
and Statistical Theory I
STA 502: Probability
and Statistical Theory II
STA 533: Applied Multivariate
3 of the following 4 seminars:
RIHM 771: Seminar in Property and Liability Insurance
RIHM 772: Seminar in Employee Benefit
RIHM 773: Seminar in Risk Theory
774: Seminar in International Healthcare
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research.
Subject Areas/Major Components of the Preliminary Examination The subject areas will be determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department.
At what point in the program is the student expected to take the preliminary examination The preliminary examination should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program.
Writing the Questions for the Preliminary Examination The members of the student's department write the questions for the preliminary examination.
Evaluating the Preliminary Examination The Department Committee will evaluate the examination. Each member votes to pass or fail the student. In order to pass, a majority of the committee members must agree that the exam has been satisfactorily completed.
Criterion for Passing the Preliminary Examination. The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for (a) a breadth and depth of understanding of specific research areas, (b) a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena; and (c) an ability to write technical prose.
Administering, Scheduling, and Proctoring the Preliminary Examination Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with their departmental advisor.
Dissertation Advising Committee
The Dissertation Advising Committee is formed to
oversee the student's doctoral research and is comprised
of at least three Graduate Faculty members. Two members,
including the Chair, must be from your department.
The Chair is responsible for overseeing and guiding
the student's progress, coordinating the responses
of the Committee members, and informing the student
of his or her academic progress.
Dissertation Examining Committee
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the
student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee
is comprised of the Doctoral Advising Committee and
at least one additional Faculty member from outside
If any member of the committee decides to withdraw
from the committee, you shall notify the chair
of the dissertation committee and the Director
of the PHDBA program. You are responsible to find
a replacement, in consultation with your chair.
Inability to find a replacement shall constitute
evidence that you are unable to complete the dissertation.
In such a case you may petition the Director of
the PHDBA program for a review. Once review of
the facts and circumstances is completed, the Director
will rule on your progress. If the Director rules
that you are not capable of completing the dissertation,
you will be dismissed from the program. This decision
may be appealed to SBM's Senior Associate Dean.
If you are dismissed, you may appeal to the Graduate
The Doctoral Dissertation is an original theoretical
or empirical study that makes a significant contribution
to the field. It should expand the existing knowledge
and demonstrate the student's knowledge of both
research methods and a mastery of his or her primary
area of interest. Dissertation should be undertaken
with rigor, uphold the ethics and standards of
the field, demonstrate an understanding of the
relationship between the primary area of interest
and the broader field of business, and be prepared
for publication in an academic journal.
Philosophy of the Proposal
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's
knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed
research. The proposal should consists of the following:
(a) the context and background surrounding a particular
research problem; (b) an exhaustive survey and
review of literature related to the problem; and
(c) a detailed methodological plan for investigating
the problem. The proposal should be completed and
approved no more than one year after completing
coursework. Upon approval, a timeline for completing
the investigation and writing process will be established.
Criterion for Passing the Dissertation
and the Defense.
The Committee will evaluate the student's ability
to express verbally his or her research question,
methodological approach, primary findings, and implications.
The Committee will vote to pass or fail the dissertation
and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation.
Dissertation Defense Scheduling
Students who are preparing to defend their dissertation
should confirm a time and date with their Dissertation
Advisory Committee and register with the Graduate
Secretary at least 15 days before the defense is
to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary will arrange
the time, date, and room within two working days,
and forward to the student the appropriate forms.
Announcing the Dissertation Defense
After the Graduate Secretary has arranged the time,
date, and room, for the defense, the student must
send to the Graduate School (501 Carnell Hall)
a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form
at least 10 days before the defense. The Department
will post fliers announcing the defense.
Program Contact Information:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Director of Graduate
Michael R. Powers, Ph.D.
R. B. Drennan, Jr., Ph.D.
About the Program
The Ph.D. program in Business Administration
prepares the student for advanced
research and scholarship. The primary
emphasis of our program is to prepare
future faculty members for successful
academic careers, although many
of our alumni are employed in government,
industry, and consulting.
Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years
Students are required to complete
the degree program through classes
offered before 4:30 p.m.
Fox School of Business and Management
Speakman Hall LL5
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Temple University 's Department
of Risk, Insurance, and Healthcare
Management has been ranked 2nd in
the nation in faculty research published
in insurance-related journals. In
addition, our Risk Management and
Insurance business program has been
ranked 7th nationall by U.S. News
& World Report. The Fox School
of Business and Management is currently
ranked in the top 75 business schools
by Forbes and in the top 50 programs
for our Executive M.B.A. The Fox School
has also been ranked 14th for technology
M.B.A. programs by Computerworld. The
Fox School has been recognized for
research in numerous departments
and is in the top 1% of citings
of university research.
All Fox School of Business and Management graduate
programs are accredited by AACSB - The International
Association for Management Education.
The program is primarily
dedicated to producing well-trained
researchers for who will work in
Students seeking a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Risk, Insurance and Healthcare are required to take courses in economics and statistics in addition to their other coursework. Four electives are also permitted.
Non-Degree Student Policy:
are not permitted to take doctoral
Assistantships are the centerpiece
of the program's mentorship philosophy.
They require 20 hours of service
per week, which can include teaching
and supervised research. An Assistantship
provides a stipend and tuition remission.