The Dissertation

The research process leading to the dissertation is the final requirement for the PhD. The original and significant research required for the dissertation is a creative achievement of publishable quality and a significant contribution in a scholarly field. The dissertation is evidence of the candidate's proficiency and future potential in research.

The research process begins early, through a research assistantship and/or directed reading, followed up by submission of summer papers. Research becomes the main activity during the final year devoted to the dissertation. The key ingredient is a working relationship with one or more faculty members. They share with the student the exploration of the foundations and the frontiers of the field, first as advisors and teachers, later as colleagues joined in a mutual effort to advance the science of management.

Throughout the Program, the student's personal initiative is a primary determinant of his or her progress in research. Working relationships with one or more faculty members depend upon the mutual interests that arise, in part, from the student's active participation and enthusiasm.


Degree Requirements

  • Annual Evaluations

Years 1 and 2

  • Coursework
  • Field Examination
  • Research Papers
  • Research Activities
  • Completion of Other Requirements by Field

Year 3

  • Directed Reading & Research
  • Admission to Candidacy
  • Formulation of Research Topic

Year 4

  • Continued Research
  • Oral Examination
  • Dissertation