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Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Entrepreneurship, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: January 15



Degree Program Presently Inactive


Applications for the Ph.D. program are all processed together after the deadline.

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 discipline is required.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

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 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. 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.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

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

Required Courses:


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. 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 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.

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:


Department Information:

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

Department Contacts:

Program Coordinator:

Dr. John Deckop


Graduate Chairperson:

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

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
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Interdisciplinary Study:

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



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 Business (AACSB).

Areas of Specialization:

The primary focus of the faculty is on entrepreneurship.

Job Placement:

The program prepares individuals for academic and corporate research careers.


Not applicable.

Non-Matriculated 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 6.12.12