Business Administration/Interdisciplinary Study, Ph.D.
FOX SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT
Fall: January 15
Applications for the Ph.D. program
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APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.
Number Required: 2
From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty
members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.
Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:
Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:
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 is required. A minimum score does not ensure
admission to the program.
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:
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 subject areas are determined, in advance, by the faculty of the department. The preliminary exam should be completed no more than one semester after the student completes the coursework component of the program.
The members of the student's department write the questions for the preliminary exam. The student must answer every question on the examination in order to be evaluated by the Department Committee. The evaluators look for a breadth and depth of understanding of specific research areas; a critical application of that knowledge to specific phenomena; and 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 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 her/his 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 the student's 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, including the student's ability
to express verbally her/his research question,
methodological approach, primary findings, and implications.
The Dissertation Examining Committee votes to pass or fail the dissertation
and the defense at the conclusion of the public presentation. This committee
is comprised of the Doctoral Advisory Committee and
at least one additional faculty member from outside
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
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
558 Alter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Kim Cahill, Director
About the Program
The Ph.D. in Business Administration
program prepares individuals 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
558 Alter Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19122
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
All Fox School of Business and Management graduate
programs are accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Areas of Specialization:
Two tracks are offered: Behavioral and Quantitative.
The program is primarily
dedicated to producing well-trained
researchers for academic positions.
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.