Doctoral Programs

Concentrations / Support Fields

Concentration (Major Field)

All students will take at least five courses at the 6000 or 7000 level in an area designated as the student's major. Students are encouraged to identify courses in the concentration that will provide experience in applying current research techniques to problems in that field. To accomplish this, the student may propose a combination of formal classroom courses and independent directed-research courses. This combination may include a year-long research seminar in which the groundwork is laid for the student's dissertation. The specific agenda of courses will be determined by the student's program committee. The following fields are offered as concentrations: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems and Marketing.

Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core sections may not be counted as part of the hours required for a concentration.

Support Field

The support field will consist of a minimum of three courses (nine hours) from one or more of the fields listed under the following areas:Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or other departments in the university. The support field and the concentration cannot be taken in the same department. Courses within the support field can be selected to complement the concentration, and, in special cases, may include courses outside the Muma College of Business. The nature and number of the support field courses will be determined by the student's program committee in consultation with the PhD coordinator of the support field department.