The objective of the Management track in the Business Administration PhD program is to prepare students for academic careers at major research universities.
|The Management track of the Business Administration PhD program requires 84 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Students must meet prerequisite requirements of 30 credit hours, and then complete 18 credit hours of management core courses, 6 credit hours of a minor/support area, 12 credit hours of research methods/tools courses, 3 credit hours of electives, and 15 credit hours of dissertation.|
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Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree|
The general expectation for the
Management program follows. The program is tailored to the needs of the
individual student and may require work that is not included in the following
descriptions. The program requires 36 hours of formal course work exclusive of
independent study as well as 15 credit hours of dissertation research (MAN
Prerequisites—Foundation Body of Knowledge—30 Credit Hours
The foundation body of knowledge includes the common body of knowledge in an
MBA degree or its equivalent from an AACSB-accredited or comparable school.
Alternatively, this requirement may be satisfied by courses deemed essential by
the Management track program coordinator.
Required Courses—39 Credit
Management Core—18 Credit Hours
- MAN 7275
Organizational Behavior (3 credit hours)
- MAN 7207 Organization Theory
(3 credit hours)
- MAN 7777 Corporate-level Strategic Management (3
- MAN 7900 Directed Readings in Management (up to 6 credit
hours, repeatable by topic)
- MAN 7916 Seminar(s) in Management Research
(up to 6 credit hours, repeatable by topic)
Students may select a minimum of six credit hours,
typically within a unified area, approved by the student’s adviser and the
program coordinator. Each student’s program of study is individually tailored to
accommodate student interests, and often emphasizes additional training in
research methodology necessary to produce high quality scholarly research.
Research Methods/Tools—12 Credit Hours
The research tools
requirement is intended to ensure a thorough exposure to research methods. All
candidates are expected to demonstrate knowledge of statistical methods as well
as usage of statistical packages. This includes design, analysis, and
interpretation of results. The student's advisory committee and the program
coordinator will recommend and/or approve specific courses for each student.
Representative courses include, but are not limited to the following:.
- PSY 6216C Research Methodology I (3 credit hours)
- PSY 7217C
Advanced Research Methodology I (3 credit hours)
- PSY 7218C Advanced
Research Methodology II (3 credit hours)
- PSY 7219C Advanced Research
Methodology III (3 credit hours)
- GEB 7911 Structural Equation Modeling
(3 credit hours)
- MAR 7626 Multivariate Analysis for Business (3 credit
- EDF 7427 Psychometrics (3 credit hours)
- PAF 7804
Advanced Quantitative Methods (3 credit hours)
- STA 6237 Nonlinear
Regression (3 credit hours)
- STA 6507 Nonparametric Statistics (3 credit
- STA 6707 Multivariate Statistical Methods (3 credit hours)
Elective—3 Credit Hours
- Elective course approved by the
faculty adviser (3 credit hours)
- MAN 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credit hours minimum)
Admission to Candidacy
Students must complete a comprehensive
candidacy examination that includes written and oral portions. This usually
takes place near the end of coursework, in the late second year or early third
year of the program.
Students must defend a written dissertation proposal
in an oral examination conducted by the student’s advisory/dissertation
Students officially enter candidacy when the following have
- Completion of all course work, except for
- Successful completion of the comprehensive
- Successful defense of the written dissertation
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of
approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of
an approved program of study.
The final defense of the
dissertation will also require an oral examination.
The requirements for the teaching component of the degree will be
developed with the doctoral graduate program director based on the student’s
experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through teaching a
minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct supervision
of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required to attend
teaching development workshops and seminars.
Independent LearningThe dissertation satisfies the independent learning requirement.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
addition to the general UCF
graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope)
from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE or
GMAT score taken within the last five years.
- Three letters of
- Goal statement.
Previous publications and/or other relevant supporting documentation.
- A computer-based score of 233 (or 91 internet-based score) on the Test of
English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) if an applicant is from a country where
English is not the official language, or if an applicant's degree is not from
an accredited U.S. institution, or if an applicant did not earn a degree in a
country where English is the only official language or a university where
English is the only official language of instruction. Although we prefer the
TOEFL, we will accept IELTS scores of 7.0.
decisions are made based on faculty recommendations from the appropriate
department or school. Admissions will generally be made only for the fall
semester of even years (e.g. Fall 2014, Fall 2016). In evaluating applicants,
the committee considers all materials submitted. This committee, made up of our
most research active faculty, the program director, and program coordinator,
considers favorably: past academic writing/projects, collaborative work with
distinguished faculty, prior career success, standardized scores on the GMAT or
GRE, and letter of intent. Given that our program is designed as
an “immersion” into academic inquiry, we look for applicants who demonstrate a
level or intellectual curiosity that will drive their research efforts.
GMAT/GRE scores should be competitive for full consideration. Generally, successful applicants score at or higher than the 50% ranking
on both verbal and quantitative portions of the tests. Admissions
is competitive, and standardized scores are often considerably higher than
this. Consideration of candidates generally begins in mid-January
and continues unit we have the number of accepted offers we intend to
accept. Generally, a cohort consist of 4-6 students. Our program supports
students with interest in the primary areas of Strategic Management,
Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship. Letters of intent
should reflect the particular area of interest is pursuing. The
college strongly encourages applications from minority and diverse populations.
Race, national origin, and gender are not used in the evaluation of students
for admission into graduate and professional programs.
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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.