PhD in Business

Foundation Coursework

Doctoral Level Coursework

A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required. This includes 21 hours of dissertation. A minimum of 45 hours of coursework must be completed at the University of South Florida.

Foundation Courses

Foundation requirements are designed to develop an appreciation of the institution of business and to help students see how their areas of specialization fit into this general picture. With the approval of the student's Committee, a student may satisfy these requirements in any of the following ways:

  1. By completing an undergraduate degree in business at an AACSB accredited institution, with an average of "B" or better in the last 60 hours, no more than five years prior to admission to the PhD program.
  2. By completing an MBA degree at an AACSB accredited institution, no more than five years prior to admission to the PhD program.
  3. By completing one graduate course (2 credit hours or more) with a grade of "B" or better, in each of the functional areas: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management and Marketing. (Economics requirements are described under core requirements.) All graduate level courses at the 6000 level or above, with the exception of specific "tool" courses (e.g., statistics), will count toward this requirement.
  4. By successfully petitioning the Doctoral Program Committee to accept previous academic work (e.g., specialized Masters programs in business, degrees granted more than 5 years ago, etc.) in fulfillment of all or part of this requirement. Such a petition must be initiated during the first semester of the program.