Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
This page requires an update as of December 15, 2008. Information is relevant to the former concentration in Human Resource Administration of the Business Administration Ph.D. degree, which is no longer offered by Temple University.
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program are all processed
together after the deadline.
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
Yes. Any business discipline.
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), although in some cases, you may substitute
scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
In general, we look for scores above the 80th percentile
on each portion of the exam.
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
Internship: No internship is required.
Language Examination: No language examination is required.
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
The purpose of the preliminary examination is to demonstrate critical and interpretive knowledge of current research. It should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program. The exam is in the form of an integrative analysis of research. The subject areas will be determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department.
The members of the student's department oversee 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 evaluators look for a breadth and depth of understanding of specific research areas, a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena; integrative reasoning ability; and an ability to write technical prose.
Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a timetable with their departmental advisor.
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's
knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed
research. The proposal should consists of the
following: the context and background surrounding
a particular research problem; an exhaustive
survey and review of literature related to
the problem; and 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.
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.
The Doctoral 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Program Contact Information:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Director of Graduate
Dr. John Deckop
Dr. John Deckop
Dr. Gary Blau
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
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. Additonally,
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 primary focus of the
human resource administration faculty
is on research in organizational
and human resource issues.
The program is primarily
dedicated to producing well-trained
researchers for who will work in
Non-Degree Student Policy:
are not permitted to take doctoral
Assistantships are the centerpiece
of the program's mentorship philosophy.
They require up to 20 hours of work
per week, which can include teaching
and supervised research. An Assistantship
provides a stipend annually for work up to 20 hours per
week and a tuition remission.