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Ph.D. Curriculum

The Ph.D. program offered through the Kent State University Graduate Programs Office offers a variety  of program options. Students choose a major, among the four areas below, and also have a variety of options to pursue a minor field of study.  Those areas of study that are only available as minors are listed in the second section below.

Major areas of study (minor also available)

Accounting

Accounting Course Requirements

Major

Auditing Issues
Managerial Accounting Issues
Financial Accounting Issues
Basic Accounting Research Methodology
Research in Accounting
ACCT 83031
ACCT 83033
ACCT 83037
ACCT 83038
ACCT 73098

Minor Coursework

The minor area consists of four courses (12 hours) without a comprehensive examination. The following two courses are required.

Managerial Accounting Issues
Financial Accounting Issues
ACCT 83033
ACCT 83037
In addition, two other courses are selected with the advice of the Ph.D. coordinator from the following:

International Accounting
Advanced Auditing Theory and Practice
Accounting Theory
Auditing Issues
Basic Accounting Research Methodology
Seminar-Selected Accounting Topics
ACCT 73030
ACCT 73031
ACCT 73032
ACCT 83031
ACCT 83038
ACCT 83091

Finance

Finance Course Requirements

Major

Theory of Corporate Finance
International Financial Markets, Institutions & Management
Investment Theory
Theory of Financial Decision Making
Research in Finance
FIN 86062
FIN 86064
FIN 86066
FIN 86061
FIN 86098

It is recommended that the economics requirement should be met by taking ECON 72050 - Microeconomic Theory, and that the quantitative tools elective be met by taking ECON 72054 - Econometrics I.

Minor - ( four courses / no written comprehensive examination )

Choose four courses from those listed for the concentration.

Marketing

Marketing Course Requirements

Choose five of the following courses (with approval of the Management Systems area coordinator)

Marketing Theory
Analytical Methods in Marketing Research
Marketing Research
Buyer Behavior
MKTG 85066
MKTG 85063
MKTG 85057
MKTG 85064

The above courses should be taken in order, beginning with the first Fall semester attended.

In addition, the Concentration requires selection of one of the following courses (in consultation with the Marketing area coordinator):

Marketing Strategy and Planning
International Marketing
Seminar In Marketing
MKTG 75060
MKTG 75054
MKTG 85097

Minor Coursework

The minor area consists of a minimum of either three courses (9 hours) with a comprehensive examination or four courses (12 hours) without a comprehensive examination. It is the minor area which defines the minor and whether or not a comprehensive examination is required.

The purpose of the minor is to provide a strong support area for the student's research. Students interested in International Marketing might consider minors in International Business or Political Science; those interested in Consumer Behavior might consider minors in Sociology or Psychology; Strategists might be interested in a minor in the Management area.

The selection of a minor should be discussed with the Department's Ph.D. coordinator.

Quantitative Tools and Other Departmentally Selected Courses:

Because of the strong research orientation of the Marketing Concentration, the student needs to develop strong analytical skills. In conjunction with the Quantitative Tool and Economic Theory Courses, the Ph.D. program requires three other "Departmentally Selected Courses." These courses are intended to be tailored to the research interests and methodological needs of the student.


Other major areas of study:

  • Human Resource Management

  • Information Systems


Minor areas of study

Economics and Public Policy

Minor (student's option of three courses plus a comprehensive examination; or four courses with no comprehensive examination, provided that the student has at most one "C" in the courses submitted for the minor)

Microeconomic Theory I
Macroeconomic Theory I
Econometrics I
Theory of International Trade
International Finance
Regional Economics
Public Expenditure and Cost Benefit Analysis
ECON 72050
ECON 72051
ECON72054
ECON 72075
ECON 72076
ECON 72180
ECON 72182

International Economics 

Minor (student's option of three courses plus a comprehensive examination; or four courses with no comprehensive examination, provided that the student has at most one "C" in the courses submitted for the minor)

Theory of International Trade
International Finance
Economic Problems of Developing Areas
Seminar in International Economics
Public Expenditure and Cost Benefit Analysis
ECON 72075
ECON 72076
ECON 72077
ECON 72078
ECON 72182

International Business

(four courses / no comprehensive examination)

ECON 72075                Theory of International Trade                   plus three of the following courses:

International Finance
Economic Problems of Developing Areas
Seminar in International Economics
Regional Economics
International Accounting Problems
International Marketing
International Financial Management
Strategic Global Management
ECON 72076
ECON 72077
ECON 72078
ECON 72180
ACCT 73030
MKTG 75054
FIN 76064
MIS 74275

Applied Statistics

Within the Applied Statistics minor, there are two tracks students can choose.
(four courses / no comprehensive examination). With approval of the concentration and minor advisors, choose four of the following courses:

Probability/Statistics Modeling track

Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Systems Simulation
Stochastic Models
Multivariate Statistics
Advanced Statistical Models
Linear Statistical Models II
Quality & Reliability Assurance
Probability I
Probability II
Mathematical Statistics I
Mathematical Statistics II
ECON 72054
ECON  72055
MIS 74011
MIS 84015
MIS 74017
MIS 84020
MIS 84025
MIS 84031
MATH 70051
MATH 75002
MATH 70061
MATH 70062

Data Analysis track

Econometrics I
Systems Simulation
Non-Parametric Statistics
Multivariate Statistics
Linear Statistical Models II
Quality & Reliability Assurance
Analytic Methods in Mktg Research
Probability I
Statistical Inference in Psychology
Psychometric Methods
ECON 72054
MIS 74011
MIS 74013
MIS 74017
MIS 84025
MIS 84031
MKTG 75063
MATH 70051
PSYC 71651
PSYC 71654
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