Ph.D. Overview

Doctoral study in business administration at Kent State University prepares highly qualified candidates for positions of professional responsibility in university teaching and research, or administrative and research careers in governmental and private organizations. The program offers a solid balance of teaching experience and preparation for conducting scientific research.

Many Kent State Ph.D graduates hold faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the area and in many schools in the U.S. and overseas.  Check out the "Careers" link at the left for more information.

Program Structure

The following provides a breakdown of the different phases and requirements of Kent State's Ph.D program:

Coursework -- Approximately 2 1/2 years

18 hours
15 hours
12 hours
Supportive & other courses
Major courses
Minor courses
Comprehensive Exams

Dissertation - - 1 - 1 1/2 years (or more, depending on student's effort and topic)

Proficiency Requirements

Students are expected to have taken masters-level courses in statistics, economics, and functional areas of business before entry into the program. Students lacking such coursework may be required to take up to 6 additional courses. Students with MBA degrees from AACSB accredited institutions within the past 10 years can normally expect to meet this requirement.

Full-Time Enrollment Requirement

A student must register for and complete (by receiving a grade) a minimum of 9 hours in each semester in order to satisfy the full-time enrollment requirement.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

More information regarding electronic theses and dissertations can be seen here.

For More Information
Contact Felecia Urbanek, Coordinator, Graduate Programs

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