Requirements

Year 1

Sample Course Schedule

Fall for OB Students:

  • Organizational Behavior (MOR 601)
  • Strategic Management (MOR 603)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (GSBA 625)
  • Psychological Theories for Business Research (MKT 699)

Fall for Strategy and OT Students:

  • Organizational Behavior (MOR 601)
  • Strategic Management (MOR 603)
  • Causal Inference Research Method (GSBA 603)
  • Elective

Spring for all students:

  • Organizational Theory (MOR 602)
  • MOR 605: Research Methods in Organizational Behavior
  • Methods Class
  • Elective

Research Development
Beginning in the first semester, students will apprentice with a faculty mentor to learn research fundamentals. Typically students are assigned to a new mentor each semester in the first year.

First-Year Examination
In the summer of the first year, students complete a first-year examination which may take the form of a written or oral exam, written assignments, and/or summer research project. The results of the examination help the faculty determine students’ developmental needs and fitness to continue in the program.

Year 2

Sample Course Schedule

Fall for OB Students:

  • Causal Inference Research Method (GSBA 603)
  • Seminar in Advanced Social Psychology (PSYCH 612)
  • Methods Class
  • Elective

Fall for OT and Strategy Students:

  • Regression and Linear Models (GSBA 604)
  • Methods Class
  • Electives (2)

Spring for All Students:

  • Methods Class
  • Electives (2)
  • GSBA 790 (Special Topic)

 

Research Development
Students continue their apprenticeship with a faculty mentor to learn research fundamentals and participate in research projects. Students have the opportunity to find a new mentor each semester in the first and second years, assuming both student and the new mentor agree to it.

Second-Year Paper
Students deliver a second year paper in late March early April of their second year. They also deliver a presentation about that paper in the spring of their second year.

Year 3

Sample Course Schedule

  • Independent Dissertation Preparation (2)
  • Electives (Optional)

 

Qualifying Examination
With the recommendation of their faculty mentor, students take a comprehensive examination on the core knowledge of their discipline. The examination includes both written and oral components. Upon passing the examination, an individual becomes a Ph.D. candidate and begins work on the Ph.D. dissertation.

Research Development
Ph.D. candidates continue to apprentice with faculty, and are given increasing responsibility. They also will begin to work on their dissertations.

Teaching Development
Ph.D. candidates begin developing teaching skills by serving as a teaching assistant for one or two classes and engaging in teaching skills workshops.

Year 4

Sample Course Schedule

  • Independent Dissertation Preparation (2)
  • Electives (Optional)

Research Development
Research is the primary activity in the fourth year. In addition to continuing independent and joint research projects, Ph.D. candidates participate actively in and present their research at departmental seminars.

Teaching Development
Ph.D. candidates co-teach one course with a faculty member.

Dissertation Defense & Submission
The dissertation is the culminating work of a student’s independent research. In the fourth year of the program, students work on their dissertation.

 

Year 5

Sample Course Schedule

  • Independent Dissertation Preparation (2)
  • Electives (Optional)

Research Development
Ph.D. candidates typically spend their fifth years balancing going on the job market with finishing their dissertation. They also continue continuing independent and joint research projects. Ph.D. candidates participate actively in the departmental seminars and will typically present a practice job talk to the department.

Dissertation Defense & Submission
In the fifth year of the program, students complete, defend and submit the dissertation. This is the last step to earn the Ph.D.