Ph.D. Courses

Program completion requirements

Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree must satisfy all general requirements of the Graduate School. In addition, students must complete a minimum of 72 hours of graduate credits including at least 48 hours of course work. At least 30 of the course credits should be at the 700 level, and at most 24 should be dissertation credits as required by the Graduate School.

After the end of the second year, every student must pass one comprensive written and oral exam in the theory management and related disciplines prior to the beginning of the third year.

The students will be allowed a maximum of two attempts at the comprehensive exam. Each exam can be passed at MS level (low pass) or PhD level (high pass). To proceed with the Ph.D. program the exam must be passed at the Ph.D. level. Otherwise, if the exam is passed at the MS level, the student, if the academic record warrants it and the graduate studies committee approves of it, will end her/his program with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree.

After passing the comprehensive exams, the student will complete a dissertation supervised by a full-time faculty member in the Management Department and approved by the student's thesis committee, followed by an oral public presentation and defense. The thesis is then submitted for the Graduate School and institutional approval.

Ph.D. course requirements (72 credits)

Required Courses Credits Status (Existing unless noted)

  • BUS 701 Organizational Behavior - 3 credits
  • BUS 702 Strategic Management - 3 credits
  • BUS 703 Managerial Decision Making - 3 credits
  • BUS 704 Leadership - 3 credits
  • BUS 705 Theory of Entrepreneurship - 3 credits
  • BUS 706 Intermediate Statistics I - 3 credits
  • BUS 708 Research Methods in Management I - 3 credits
  • BUS 710 Behavioral Game Theory - 3 credits
  • BADM 700 Statistics for Decision Making - 3 credits
  • BUS 798 Graduate Research - 3 credits
  • BUS 799 Dissertation Research - 24 credits

Elective Courses

  • BUS 707 Intermediate Statistics II - 3 credits
  • BUS 709 Advanced Research Methods - 3 credits
  • BUS 711 Culture and Management - 3 credits
  • ECON 655 Industrial Organization - 3 credits
  • ECON 741 Applied Econometrics - 3 credits

Representative schedule by semester for Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management)

Courses listed are three credit unless otherwise noted.

  • Fall 1 BUS 701 Organizational Behavior
  • Fall 1 BUS 702 Strategic Management
  • Fall 1 BADM 700 Statistics for Decision Making
  • Spring 1 BUS 703 Managerial Decision Making
  • Spring 1 BUS 706 Intermediate Statistics I
  • Spring 1 BUS 708 Research Methods in MGT I
  • Fall 2 BUS 704 Leadership
  • Fall 2 BUS 705 Theory of Entrepreneurship
  • Fall 2 BUS 707 Intermediate Statistics II or ECON 741 Applied Econometrics
  • Spring 2 BUS 710 Behavioral Game Theory
  • Spring 2 BUS 709 Advanced Research Methods or Approved Res. Methods Elective
  • Spring 2 BUS 711 Culture and Management or ECON 655 Industrial Organization
  • Fall 3 Approved 700 Level Elective
  • Fall 3 Approved 700 Level Elective
  • Fall 3 BUS 799 Dissertation
  • Spring 3 Approved 700 Level Elective
  • Spring 3 BUS 799 Dissertation - 6 credits
  • Fall 4 Approved 700 Level Elective
  • Fall 4 BUS 799 Dissertation - 6 credits
  • Spring 4 BUS 799 Dissertation - 9 credits

Transfer of Graduate Coursework from Master's Programs

Students who have completed a Master’s degree prior to enrolling in the Doctoral program may transfer up to 24 credits of graduate coursework with a grade of “B” or better, including up to 18 credits of 700-level credits to partially fulfill elective requirements. The Program director and the Dean of the Graduate School must approve these credits.

Questions?

Contact the Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management) Director
James Sundali
jsundali@unr.edu
(775) 682-9176