Business Administration, Ph.D.
Concentration: Behavioral Track
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program
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APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
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 Discipline/Related Discipline:
Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
Standardized Test Scores:
The GRE is required. A minimum score does not ensure
admission in to the program.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
600 paper-based, 250 computer-based, or 100 internet-based.
A resume is required.
General Program Requirements:
Number of Didactic Credits Required
Beyond the Master's: 36
BA 601 Organization and Management Theories
BA 602 Scientific Inquiry in Managment Research
BA 603 Foundations in Manegerial Economics
610 Statistical Methods for Business Research I
BA 611 Statistical Methods for Business Research
BA 731 Theory of International Business and Multinational
BA 732 Research Methods in International Business
One IB functional business course (e.g., international
finance, international marketing)
Two generic business course in a given functional
area and two free electives subject to the approval
of the IB doctoral advisor.
Twelve doctoral courses are required, which consists
of 5 business core courses, 3 IB major courses, and
4 electives. Students must choose a behavioral or
quantitative track for the business core. In addition
to the course work, student must pass the preliminary
exam in statistics, and a comprehensive exam in IB.
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.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.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
School. 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 consu
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:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Natale Butto, Director
Dr. J. Jay Choi
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 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 has been
rated as 71st in the nation for
faculty research in the area of
business. This ranking was developed
based on a study of more than 700
accredited M.B.A. programs nationwide,
The rankings were published in the
Academy of Management Journal. Additionally,
the Fox School of Business and Management
has been ranked 14th by Computerworld
for our technology programs. The
Fox School of Business and Management
also holds a specialty ranking of
26th in the nation for its healthcare
management programs. The Fox School
is currently working to submit materials
to several media outlets responsible
for the general ranking of business
schools. The Fox School believes
that our general MBA programs will
be ranked in the top 50 business
All Fox School of Business and Management graduate
programs are accredited by AACSB - The International
Association for Management Education.
Areas of Specialization:
The program is primarily
dedicated to producing well-trained
researchers for academic positions.
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.