Graduate Bulletin

Business Administration/Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, Ph.D.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines
Application Deadline:

Fall: December 15 for Fellowship consideration, rolling after that date.

All Ph.D. applications received after February 15 are processed together after the deadline date.

APPLY ONLINE to this graduate program.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from college/university faculty members familiar with the applicant's academic competence.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A master's degree in a 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. In general, we look for scores above the 90th percentile on each portion of the exam.

Minimum TOEFL score needed to be accepted: 100 iBT.

Program Requirements
General Program Requirements:

The program of study includes three foundational courses (BA 9001, BA 9002 & BA 9003), a two-course sequence in statistics and research methods (Stat 8112 & Stat 8113), four upper-level courses in organizational behavior and human resource management (HRM 9001, HRM 9002, HRM 9003, HRM 9004), and three upper-level seminars in other business disciplines, economics, statistics, psychology or sociology as chosen by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor. In addition to formal course work, students complete:

  • A research paper presented at a national or regional conference by the end of the fifth semester in the program
  • A preliminary examination in statistics
  • A comprehensive paper requirement
  •  An oral dissertation proposal defense
  • A final dissertation defense.

Students should complete course work within four semesters, and spend the remainder of the program working on their comprehensive exam, dissertation and other research projects.


Program Contact Information:

Administrative Director
Stephen Boro
Alter Hall 337
Tel: 215.204.7043

Concentration Advisor
Derek Avery
Alter 350

About the Program

The Ph.D. in Business Administration program engages the student in 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.

Job Placement:

The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers who will work in academic positions.

Financing Opportunities

Typically all PhD students receive financial assistantship in the form of full tuition remission and a stipend in return for offering services as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). Level of support is based on the concentration, the applicant’s qualifications, and competitive considerations.

Students can also receive remuneration for Conference travel, publications, and academic achievement.


Updated 10.10.13