PHD Business Administration-Management

Overview

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 www.toefl.org or www.ielts.org 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.
 

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
Structural Equation Modeling
Management Content Seminars (6 of the following courses required))18
Human Resource Management
Leadership
Org Behavior: Groups and Teams
Organizational Theory
Organizational Behavior: Individuals
Strategic Management Theory
Contemporary Strategic Mgmt
Qualifying Paper
Comprehensive Exam
Dissertation Proposal Defense
Dissertation Defense
MANG 797 Research12
MANG 798 Dissertation24
Total Hours72

Suggested Plan of Study 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courses

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.

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.

PR: Consent. This course provides an overview of the philosophical concepts that guide research in organizations, including overview of research process, scientific progress, theory and practice, and selection of research design.

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. Structural Equation Modeling. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course examines the role and application of structural equation modeling (SEM) in social science research. The overarching goal is to provide the student with an understanding of the rationale underlying SEM, the application of SEM to research endeavors, the interpretation of SEM analyses, and the evaluation of research using SEM.

MANG 720. Human Resource Management. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course offers an overview of theories and research underpinning the strategic and functional human resource management literature by reviewing representative research published in top academic journals and generating original research proposals.

MANG 730. Leadership. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course seeks to critically analyze and explain current and classic leadership literature, taking stock of the knowledge base developed to date and considering conceptual and methodological avenues for further advancement.

MANG 740. Org Behavior: Groups and Teams. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of the field of organizational behavior, primarily at the group/team level. The emphasis is on exploring concepts, theory, and empirical research to develop foundational knowledge in several key topic areas and in the approaches used to study group- and team-level organizational behavior.

MANG 760. Organizational Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of modern developments in organizational theory and their connection to the field's roots. Modern organizational theory has several different sub-fields whose diverse theories this course will connect.

MANG 770. Strategic Management Theory. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of theories and methods in strategy research. The emphasis is on the development of major theories, perspectives, and paradigms in the strategic management field.

MANG 780. Organizational Behavior: Individuals. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides a survey of the field of organizational behavior, primarily at the individual level of analysis. The emphasis is on exploring concepts, theory, and empirical research to develop foundational knowledge in several key topic areas.

MANG 785. Contemporary Strategic Mgmt. 3 Hours.

PR: Consent. This course provides an evaluation and analysis of contemporary issues in the strategic management literature.

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.


Faculty

Coordinator

  • Jodi Goodman - Ph.D. (Georgia Tech University)

Professors

  • 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)
  • 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)