Business Administration/Risk Management and Insurance, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program are processed
at the same time 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
A master's degree in any business or business-related
discipline is required.
Bachelor's Degree in
A baccalaureate degree is required.
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. In general, scores should be 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
ECON 8005: Microeconomic Theory I
ECON 8009: Econometrics I
STAT 8001: Probability
and Statistical Theory I
STAT 8002: Probability
and Statistical Theory II
STAT 8108: Applied Multivariate
3 of the following 4 seminars:
774: Seminar in International Healthcare
RMI 9001: Seminar in Property and Liability Insurance
RMI 9002: Seminar in Life Insurance and Employee Benefits
RMI 9003: Seminar in Risk Theory
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 preliminary examination should be completed no more than one semester after the student finishes the coursework component of the program.
The subject areas are determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department. The members of the student's department write the questions for the preliminary examination.
The Department Committee will evaluate the 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.
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.
Students who are preparing to write their preliminary examinations should confirm a time and date with their departmental advisor.
The dissertation proposal demonstrates the student's
knowledge of and ability to conduct the proposed
research. The proposal should consist 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 finishing
coursework. Upon approval, a timeline for completing
the investigation and writing process is established.
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 her/his primary
area of interest. The 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.
The Doctoral Advisory 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 the 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 her/his academic progress.
The Dissertation Examining Committee evaluates the
student's dissertation and oral defense. This committee
is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and
at least one additional faculty member from outside
The Committee evaluates the student's ability
to express verbally her/his 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 Doctoral
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 the Graduate School
a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense" form
at least 10 days before the defense. The Department
will post flyers announcing the defense.
If any member of the committee decides to withdraw
from the committee, the student shall notify the chair
of the dissertation committee and the Director
of the PHDBA program. The student is responsible to find
a replacement, in consultation with the chair.
Inability to find a replacement shall constitute
evidence that the student is unable to complete the dissertation.
In such a case, the student 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 the student's progress. If the Director finds
that the student is not capable of completing the dissertation,
the student will be dismissed from the program. This decision
may be appealed to SBM's Senior Associate Dean.
If dismissed, the student may appeal to the Graduate
Program Contact Information:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Director of Graduate
J. David Cummins, 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
Students seeking a Ph.D. in Business Administration/Risk Management and Insurance are required to take courses in Economics and Statistics in addition to their other coursework. Four electives are also permitted.
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 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 20 hours of service
per week, which can include teaching
and supervised research. An Assistantship
provides a stipend and tuition remission.