PHD Business Administration-Management


The Ph.D. in Business Administration with a major in Management is a full-time, in-residence program lasting 4-5 years. It is a relatively small, high-quality program. Generally 2-3 new students are admitted each Fall. The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching at comprehensive universities. The program of study requires the satisfactory completion of coursework, a comprehensive examination, and dissertation research. Students will take courses in various management topics, research methods, and statistics. Small classes and an "open-door" policy allow for close interaction between students and faculty, with frequent opportunities to discuss ideas and work on joint research projects. We involve our students in research projects early, so that by the time students complete the Ph.D., they have the experience of both presenting their work at academic conferences and having one or more research articles accepted in academic journals. Students also acquire teaching experience through teaching undergraduate management courses on several occasions throughout their stay in the program.

Admission Requirements

The following will be considered for admission into the program: 

  • A completed application received by December 1 is required to be considered for University fellowships.  Completed applications received by February 1 of each year will be given full consideration for College fellowships and admission in the succeeding fall semester
  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent from an accredited university
  • A Master’s degree or from an accredited university
  • A statement of purpose regarding the PhD program describing why the applicant is pursuing a PhD in Business Administration and the applicant's career aspirations upon completion of the degree
  • A current résumé
  • Three letters of reference
  • Official copies of all university transcripts with cumulative GPA scores of 3.0 or better on all undergraduate courses and 3.25 on graduate courses (based on U.S. standard of 4.0)
  • An official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Records Examination (GRE) score. (A High GMAT/GRE score is required for admission to the PhD Program in Business Administration.)
  • The College of Business & Economics TOEFL requirement for PhD in Business Administration applicants is higher than the University's. Students whose first language is not English must obtain a score of at least 100 on the TOEFL-ibt (250 under the old computer-based exam or 600 under the paper-based exam) or a score of at least 7.0 on the IELTS test to be admitted to graduate study. Go to or to register and find out more about the test. This is a university requirement.
  • Applicants who have received a high school diploma or a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States, the United Kingdom, or other predominately English-speaking country usually are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement. However, applicants only having a master's degree from one of these countries must still provide acceptable TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  • Writing samples
  • Other application materials as required by WVU
The entrance requirements are minimum requirements for admission. Since there is limited space in each year's class, meeting these entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants will not be accepted on a provisional basis.

Contact Information

For additional questions concerning the program, please contact:
Dr. Mark Gavin
Coordinator, Management Ph.D. Program
Office: (304) 293-7952

Doctor of Philosophy

The coursework in management is designed to provide a theoretical, methodological, and statistical foundation for critically evaluating extant research and conducting independent research. Students will take six content courses in management and six mandatory research methods and statistics courses. Additional requirements include a research paper in the first summer and preparing for and taking comprehensive examinations in the second summer. Subsequent to completing coursework and passing comprehensive examinations, students will be admitted to doctoral candidacy. Remaining hours will focus on completing a dissertation.

Major Requirements 

Methods and Statistics Courses - all required18
Philosophy of Research
Research Methods
Statistical Methods 1
Statistical Methods 1
Statistical Methods 2
Statistical Methods 2
Multivariate Analysis
Applied Multivariate Analysis
Multivariate Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling
Management Content Seminars (6 of the following courses required))18
Research Seminar in Human Resources Management
Research Seminar in Leadership
Social Psychology and Group Process
Organizational Theory
Current Topics in Organizational Behavior
Global Strategy and Theory
Current Topics in Strategy
Qualifying Paper
Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Dissertation Defense
MANG 797 Research12
MANG 798 Dissertation24
Total Hours72

Suggested Plan of Study 

First Year
MANG 7103MANG 7113 
STAT 5113STAT 5123 
Management Content Seminar3Management Content Seminar3 
 9 9
Second Year
STAT 5413MANG 7133Comprehensive Exam 
Management Content Seminar6Mangement Content Seminar6 
 9 9 0
Third Year
MANG 7973MANG 7973 
MANG 7986MANG 7986 
 9 9
Fourth Year
MANG 7973MANG 7973 
MANG 7986MANG 7986 
 9 9
Total credit hours: 72










MANG 590. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of management. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It will also present a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading may be S/U.).

MANG 591. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MANG 593. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

MANG 594A-Z. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

MANG 691A-Z. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MANG 692. Directed Study. 1-6 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

MANG 693. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

MANG 694. Seminar. 1-6 Hours.

Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

MANG 695. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

MANG 696. Graduate Seminar. 1 Hour.

PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

MANG 697. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis, problem report, research paper or equivalent scholarly project, or a dissertation. (Grading may be S/U.).

MANG 698. Thesis or Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision during the writing of student reports (698), or dissertations (798). Grading is normal.

MANG 699. Graduate Colloquium. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use of the University's facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department's 699/799 Graduate Colloquium to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is S/U; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.

MANG 710. Philosophy of Research. 3 Hours.

This course provides an overview of the philosophical principles that guide research in organizations, ethical dilemmas and practical relevance of research, and factors that guide the selection of a research design and method of analysis.

MANG 711. Research Methods. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Graduate-level introduction to critical topics in research methodology relevant to the social sciences. Emphasis on theory-driven research design, data collection, measurement development and evaluation, and various quantitative data analytic issues with a particular focus on organizational research.

MANG 713. Multivariate Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling. 3 Hours.

This course discusses commonly used techniques (e.g., factor analysis, MANOVA, structural equation modeling) of analyzing multivariate data. The course will help students in choosing the appropriatemethods for analyzing data in their own research.

MANG 720. Research Seminar in Human Resources Management. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 710. This doctoral seminar will present the the issues facing global managers regarding strategic workforce management to facilitate organizational objectives as viewed through the perspectives of international theorists and researchers in the HRM literature.

MANG 730. Research Seminar in Leadership. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 710. Traditional leadership theory is reviewed and contrasted with more recent models of effective leadership in a global context with a special emphasis on the leadership of organizational change.

MANG 740. Social Psychology and Group Process. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 720. Graduate-level introduction to social and industrial-organizational psychology. Emphasis on major theories, issues, and literature regarding social psychology and organizarional behavior in domestic and international contexts.

MANG 760. Organizational Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 710. A survey of modern developments in organizational theory and their connection to the field's roots. Modern organizational theory has several different sub-fields, and this course wil connect these diverse theories with special emphasis on application.

MANG 770. Global Strategy and Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 710. Graduate-level introduction to international theory and strategy. Emphasis on major theories, issues, and literature regarding international theory and global strategy in regional and international contexts.

MANG 780. Current Topics in Organizational Behavior. 3 Hours.

PR:MANG 730. This course is designed to familiarize doctorial students with current research topics in global leadership withan emphasis on exploring emerging areas of leadership and making application in the context of leadership practice.

MANG 785. Current Topics in Strategy. 3 Hours.

PR: MANG 770. Evaluation and analysis of current literature regarding important managerial and strategic issues in the in the international environment from different theoretical persoectives, including strategic management, organizational theory, economic sociology, and economics.

MANG 791A. Advanced Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of advanced topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MANG 795. Independent Study. 1-9 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

MANG 797. Research. 1-15 Hours.

PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). Grading may be S/U.

MANG 798. Dissertation. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. This is an optional course for programs that believe that this level of control and supervision is needed during the writing of students; reports, theses, or dissertation.



  • Mark Gavin - Ph.D. (Purdue University) or (304)293-7952


  • Mark Gavin - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
  • Usha Haley - Ph.D. (New York University)

Associate professors

  • Gerald Blakely - Ph.D. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
  • David Dawley - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
  • Jodi Goodman - Ph.D. (Georgia Tech University)
  • Joyce Heames - Ph.D. (University of Mississippi)
  • Jeff Houghton - Ph.D. (Virginia Tech University)
  • Curt Moore - Ph.D. (Texas Tech University)
  • Abhishek Srivastava - Ph.D. (University of Maryland)
  • Edward Tomlinson - Ph.D. (Ohio State University)

Assistant professors

  • Ajay Aluri - Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University)
  • Olga Bruyaka - Ph.D. (Jean Moulin University Lyon)
  • Jennifer Sexton - Ph.D. (Florida State University)
  • Miles Zachary - Ph.D. (Texas Tech University)