University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Sep 28, 2022  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Business Administration (Management Specialization), Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Business Administration is the umbrella degree within the College of Business that will allow for the nurturing and training of the next generation of social scientists in the fields of Management, Marketing, Finance, Information Systems and Accounting. The fundamental core of this Ph.D. program is the development of experts who create and test theories that expand the knowledge base and can be translated into practical solutions for society.

The Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in Management will prepare the next generation of social scientists with foundational knowledge and skills in the areas of organizational behavior, strategic management, entrepreneurship, judgment and decision making, and international business. Students’ training in research methods and statistics will prepare them to create and test theory and conduct survey, experimental, and data base research. This training will create experts in organizational science who may choose careers in both academia and industry.

Two driving forces will shape the Ph.D. program in Management. First, the interconnectedness of the global economy requires experts who can work across cultural and discipline boundaries to find novel solutions to complex problems. The curriculum will be structured to facilitate and encourage such collaboration across disciplines at the University and beyond. Second, the discipline of Management is charged with training the leaders of tomorrow. The curriculum will be structured with an emphasis on developing innovative, visionary thinking concerning forms of organizations, processes, and management practices. The goal is to create a program that invites diversity of thought and openeness to ideas from all sources.

Contact Information

James Sundali, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
(775) 682-91796

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • demonstrate the theoretical, empirical and quantitative skills necessary to identify and explore important organizational, leadership, and managerial problems and to conduct original and independent research in both the lab and the field;
  • be able to critically evaluate and determine the validity of both academic, industry, and popular research done by others;
  • demonstrate the oral and written communication skills necessary to both produce and creatively communicate research findings to both academic and lay audiences;
  • demonstrate the knowledge and skills to be an outstanding teacher in a higher education environment;
  • demonstrate the social, collaborative, and team work skills necessary to conduct multi- party inter-disciplinary research;
  • demonstrate the ability to develop research relevant questions and write grants to successfully compete for extramural funding;
  • demonstrate training in the professional culture and norms expected of Ph.D. professionals including appropriate ethical standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the University and the Graduate School. All applicants must submit Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores and must arrange for three letters of recommendation from people familiar with the applicant’s academic record and potential for doctoral work in management. The GRE/GMAT may be waived from an applicant who has already earned a Ph.D. from a regionally accredited or similar university. 

Foreign students are required to submit TOEFL scores: minimum score of 550 (paper), or 79 (Internet-based version), or 6.5 on the IELTS (must be academic version) test.

I. Program Requirements (72 units)

II. Total Units (72 units)

III. Recommended Schedule

A. First Year

B. Second Year

C. Third Year

Fall Semester (9 units)

  • BUS 798 - Graduate Research (3 units)
  • (1 to 24 units) (3 units required)
  • Approved 700-Level Elective (3 units)

Spring Semester (9 units)

D. Fourth Year

Fall Semester (9 units)

Spring Semester (9 units)