Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Fall: January 15
* * NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS * *
Degree Program Presently Inactive
Applications for the Ph.D. program are all processed
together after the deadline.
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 discipline is required.
Bachelor's Degree in
All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University.
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. Scores on the Graduate Management Admission
Test (GMAT) are preferred, although in some cases,
scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) may be submitted.
In general, we look for scores above the 80th percentile
on each portion of the exam.
Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted:
100 iBT or 600 PBT.
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.
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 are determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department.
The members of the student's department oversee the preliminary examination. The Department Committee evaluates 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 consist 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 is 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 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 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 Advisory
Committee and at least one additional faculty
member from outside the department.
If any member decides to withdraw from the committee, the student shall
notify the Chair of the Dissertation Examining Committee and the
Director of the PHDBA program. The student is responsible for finding 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 rules that the student is not
capable of completing the dissertation, s/he 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.
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 Examining Committee and
register with the Graduate Secretary at least 15 days before the
defense is to be scheduled. The Graduate Secretary arranges the time,
date, and room within two working days, and forwards 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 a completed "Announcement of Dissertation Defense"
form at least 10 days before the defense. The Department posts flyers
announcing the defense, and the Graduate School announces the defense
on its website.
Program Contact Information:
Fox School of Business
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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. Additionally, the Fox School of Business and Management has been ranked 14th by Computerworld for our technology programs and holds a specialty ranking of 26th in the nation for its healthcare management programs.
All Fox School of Business and Management graduate programs are
accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of
Areas of Specialization:
The primary focus of the
is on entrepreneurship.
The program prepares individuals
for academic and corporate research
Non-Matriculated 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.