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Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Tourism, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications for the Ph.D. program are all processed together after the deadline.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should come from college/university faculty members familiar with academic competence

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

Yes. business or tourism discipline.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:


Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals should be approximately 500-1,000 words and should include the following elements: your specific interest in Temple's program; your research goals; your future career goals; and your academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GMAT is required. A minimum score does not ensure admission to the programs.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.


The interview requirement can be fulfilled either in person or via telephone. Interviews will be scheduled for those students who qualify with all other admission standards.


A resume is required.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Master's: 36

Required Courses:

BA 601: Org. & Mgt. Theories

BA 602: Scientific Inquiry

ECON 603: Managerial Economics

STA 503: Stat. Methods I

STA 504: Stat. Methods II

THM 701: Research

THM 702: Seminar in Tourism Theory and Impacts: Environment, Social, and Economic

THM 703: Seminar in Tourism Management and e-Business Strategy

Seminar Elective

Three Ph.D. level electives, preferably within the business school.

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Additional Requirements:

Summer Research Paper

Statistics Competency Examination:

An assessment of your proficiency in statistical theory and methodology will be made at the end of your first year in the program. The examination is offered in June. Students who fail the statistics competency examination on the first attempt must sit for reexamination prior to the fall semester of their second year. A second failure will result in dismissal from the university. No third attempt is allowed.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research. The subject areas will be determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department. The preliminary examination should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program. The members of the student's department write the questions for 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. The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated. The evaluators look for a breadth and depth of understanding of specific research areas, a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena; and an ability to write technical prose. Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with their departmental advisor.


Dissertation Advising Committee Information 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 Information 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 the department.

Advisor/Committee Information 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 a 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 School.

Dissertation/Monograph Philosophy The Doctoral Dissertation is an original 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. Dissertations should be rigorously investigated, uphold the ethics and standard 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:


Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
Speakman Hall LL5
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Natale Butto
Director of Graduate Admissions


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Wesley Roehl


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Wesley Roehl


Dr. Elizabeth Barber


About the Program

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program prepares you 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 also employed in government, industry, and consulting.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management
Speakman Hall LL5
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

This Ph.D. program is designed to be interdisciplinary with all management tracks within the Fox School. The degree program's strength lies within the interdisciplinary focus.


The Fox School's tourism faculty are conducting research for the following agencies: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Berks County (PA) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Travel Tourism Industry of America, and the Special Olympics of America.

Study Abroad:



The Fox School of Business and Management is ranked 14th for technology M.B.A. programs by Computerworld, and holds a specialty ranking of 26th in the nation for healthcare management programs. The Fox School has been recognized for research in numerous departments. Currently we are submitting materials to several media outlets responsible for the general ranking of business schools; we believe that the Fox School will be ranked among the top 50 business schools for our M.B.A. programs.


Not applicable.

Areas of Specialization:

The primary focus of the tourism faculty is on empirical research in information technology and tourism destination marketing. Tourism faculty have received significant, sponsored research funding to perform studies on travel and tourism patterns, as well as travel decisions based on website design. The faculty's varied research interests are conducive to multiple management disciplines within the tourism industry.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers who will work in academic positions.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take doctoral courses.

Financing Opportunities

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.