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Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Risk Management and Insurance, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15

Applications for the Ph.D. program are processed at the same time 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.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:


Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree in any business or business-related discipline is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required.

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 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.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

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

Required Courses:

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 Analysis

3 of the following 4 seminars:

RMI 774: Seminar in International Healthcare

RMI 9001: Seminar in Property and Liability Insurance Markets

RMI 9002: Seminar in Life Insurance and Employee Benefits

RMI 9003: Seminar in Risk Theory

Four electives

Internship: No internship is required.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

Preliminary Examination:

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 department. 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 School.

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:

J. David Cummins, Ph.D.


Graduate Chairperson:



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

Campus Location:


Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

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

Department Information:

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


Interdisciplinary Study:

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.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:





All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are accredited by AACSB -- The International Association for Management Education.

Areas of Specialization:

Not applicable.

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.

Updated 4.1.09