Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Graduate Study

The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management prepares men and women for professional careers in business, public service, and teaching. Graduate degree programs are offered through the Broad School and the departments of Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management, and The School of Hospitality Business.

The departmental faculties are recognized nationally and internationally for their scholarly articles, books and monographs, and their participation in research and educational programs around the world. The breadth of faculty competencies makes possible the extensive graduate programs that exist in the Broad School. The following degree programs are available:  Master of Business Administration, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy.

Business administration applies concepts and analytical techniques derived primarily from the social sciences and draws on quantitative methods of the physical sciences. Business administration graduate programs incorporate close ties between concepts and techniques, theory and practice, and classroom and industry. The Master of Business Administration degree is oriented primarily toward managerial practice. Two M.B.A. degree options are offered: a traditional Full-Time M.B.A. and a Program in Integrative Management designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles in global organizations. The Doctor of Philosophy degree is intended primarily for prospective university teachers and research personnel.

In addition to the Master of Business Administration and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs in business administration, the Broad School offers Master of Science degree programs in accounting, business analytics, business research, finance, foodservice business management, hospitality business management, management strategy and leadership, marketing research, and supply chain management. The Broad School also offers a graduate Specialization in Business Concepts for Environmental Sustainability and Conservation for students enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University.

International applicants must fulfill the university's English language proficiency requirements as described in the Graduate Education section of this catalog. International students should apply approximately nine months in advance of the semester in which they wish to be admitted. For further information, refer to the International Student Admission statement in the Graduate Education section of this catalog.


Master of Business Administration

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) full-time, two-year degree program is designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles in global business organizations, from entry–level management positions to top executive roles.  Specifically, the program is designed to create an understanding of the strategic positioning of the firm, its value chain, and how business activities contribute to the firm's total performance; to develop critical leadership and business analysis skills; and to build a high level of competence across all business functions plus deep knowledge in at least one discipline to prepare the student for a successful career in business.

Full-time M.B.A. students must select a concentration from finance, human resource management, marketing, or supply chain management. They have flexibility to choose secondary areas of interest to support their career goals such as risk management, talent development, insights and analytics, product and services innovation, consulting, entrepreneurship, global business, leadership and strategy, and strategic performance management, or any of the approved concentrations. Courses for joint program degrees must be approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. Courses from other colleges may also be used with the approval of the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program.

Only Plan B (without thesis) is available to students who are enrolled in the M.B.A. degree programs.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Business Administration, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree: Corporate M.B.A. Program statement.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Business Administration designed for current middle and senior managers, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree:  Executive M.B.A. Program statement.

For information about the Master of Business Administration degree program with a major in Integrative Management offered on weekends for fully-employed professionals, refer to the Master of Business Administration Degree:  Program in Integrative Management statement.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

The full-time M.B.A. program normally extends over 21 months and consists of two fall and spring semesters and an enrichment experience during the intervening summer. Applicants are admitted to the program for fall semester only. 

A strong education in any field is good preparation for graduate study in business administration. Prior academic work in business is helpful, but not required. Students with undergraduate degrees in the sciences, engineering, economics, and the liberal arts are encouraged to apply.  Two or more years of work experience after completing a bachelor's degree is strongly recommended.

To be considered for admission to the full-time M.B.A. program, an applicant must:

  1. Submit to the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program a completed full-time M.B.A. application packet that is available at www.mba.broad.msu.edu.
  2. Take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and have the scores submitted to the Broad School. The test must be taken not more than five years prior to the submission of the application for admission to the program.
  3. Complete the required personal interview with a representative of the full-time M.B.A. Program Office.

Minimum standards for admission are:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. An academic record equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate work.
  3. Scores on the GMAT that reflect  a general aptitude for success in graduate study.
  4. Personal attributes such as demonstrated management potential and maturity.
  5. Personal qualifications of sound character, intellectual curiosity,  perseverance, and a drive to succeed.

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum standards listed above does not guarantee admission. Although all of the above minimum standards must normally be met, the applicant's overall record is considered.

Each full-time M.B.A. student is required to have a personal laptop computer with a minimum configuration approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program.

Students who are admitted to the full-time M.B.A. program must participate in a non-credit orientation program designed to prepare students for success in the team-based management education program and curriculum.

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree

  1. Complete 61 credits including:
    1. All required core courses which include courses in the following functional and critical skill areas: accounting, business communication, career management, economics, finance, management, marketing, statistics, and supply chain management. Students must consult the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program for specific core course requirements.
    2. A concentration in finance, human resource management, marketing, or supply chain management (12 credits) or other approved concentration approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
    3. At least 3 credits of international business selected from courses approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
    4. At least two approved areas of interest (6 credits per area of interest); or a second concentration (12 credits) plus an approved area of interest (6 credits).
    5. Courses taken in an area of interest must be independent of the courses used for the concentration; and not more than 3 credits can be taken from any single department to satisfy an area of interest.
  2. Students may use remaining elective credits to design an academic program to support their professional goals using courses across the business college disciplines. Students may select electives outside the college with the approval of the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program. Exceptions must be approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. program.
  3. Enrichment Experience
    Each student is required to participate in an enrichment experience approved by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. Generally, the student participates in the enrichment experience during the summer between the first and second years of the program.  The enrichment experience may involve a domestic or international internship, intensive foreign language study, an international or domestic study trip, a field or consulting project, or an approved graduate assistantship.  Some of these options may involve additional costs to the student and may be able to accommodate only a limited number of students. Students with an approved internship may enroll in MBA 893 MBA Internship Experience for 1 credit in addition to the 61 credits that are required for the degree.

Academic Standards

Students are expected to (1) maintain a minimum grade–point average of 3.00 each semester, (2) maintain a minimum cumulative grade–point average of 3.00, and (3) complete all courses listed on the Candidacy Form. A student's academic progress is monitored by the Director of the full-time M.B.A. Program. A policy statement containing additional information relative to academic standards is available from the Director.

A student who does not maintain a cumulative 3.00 grade–point average will be placed on final probation. Such a student will be given the next semester of enrollment to achieve a cumulative 3.00 grade–point average; otherwise, dismissal from the program will result.

Transfer Credits

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Juris Doctor degree from the Michigan State University - College of Law, a maximum of 12 credits from the Michigan State University College of Law may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree from Michigan State University - College of Human Medicine, a maximum of 12 credits from the MSU College of Human Medicine may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.

For a student who is pursuing a full-time M.B.A. degree from MSU jointly with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree from Michigan State University - College of Osteopathic Medicine, a maximum of 12 credits from the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine may be transferred to the full-time M.B.A. degree program.
 


Master of Business Administration Degree: Corporate M.B.A. Program

The Corporate Master of Business Administration degree program combines general and customized managerial education. The Corporate M.B.A. program is designed to integrate management theories with workplace applications to provide students with the intellectual and analytic skills demanded by organizations today. The program combines the Broad School’s commitment to excellence in management education with customized content.

The Corporate M.B.A. program is intended for working managers who are part of a cohort sponsored by their employer. Students participate in that cohort over the duration of the program, which takes approximately 15-24 months to complete. To allow flexibility, a cohort may start in any semester and students may be admitted on a rolling basis. By using technology-based modules in most classes, the program offers much flexibility to students. By including a fixed number of residencies in addition to the online instruction, the program ensures that it is possible to apply web-based lessons and have intensive discussions and application sessions. The Corporate M.B.A. is a flexible program that incorporates the intensive team-based skill development that is a hallmark of the Broad School’s other MBA programs.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. degree program, an applicant must:

  1. Be employed full-time in a managerial position in the private or public sector in an organization sponsoring a Corporate M.B.A. cohort.
  2. Be nominated for acceptance into the program by at least one representative of the employing organization. It is expected that the employing organization will provide substantial or full financial sponsorship to anyone nominated for the program.
  3. Have approval from the employing organization to attend all program residency sessions.
  4. Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  5. Have an academic record equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) in the last two years of undergraduate work. 
  6. Have managerial work experience, including professional or supervisory responsibility. The quality of an individual’s work experience will be more important than the quantity of experience in assessing an applicant’s qualifications.
  7. Have a high degree of potential for advancement to an organizational leadership role.
  8. Possess important personal and managerial attributes, such as intellectual curiosity, excellent communication skills, maturity, openness to new ideas and change, leadership qualities, analytical thinking ability, perseverance, and an ability to lead and work in teams.

In general, admission to the program is competitive and individuals meeting the minimum standards are not guaranteed admission. Applicants to the program may compensate for deficiencies in their background by securing a strong score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or by providing other information that clearly demonstrates outstanding managerial competence and potential. Submitted GMAT scores must not be more than five years old (as measured relative to the date an application is submitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program).

Students who are admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program should have some background knowledge of and exposure to statistics, as well as a working knowledge of software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and data-based management systems. Each student is expected to have a laptop computer with a minimum configuration approved by the Corporate M.B.A. program office.

Students who are admitted to the Corporate M.B.A. program must participate in a non-credit orientation program and in any non-credit preparatory modules deemed necessary by the program office at the time of a student’s admission. The orientation and preparatory modules may involve an introduction to faculty and the curriculum, accounting basics, team skills, and/or analytic or quantitative analysis skills.

Requirements for the Corporate Master of Business Administration Degree in Business Administration

Students must complete 45 credits for the degree from the following courses:

               
CMBA  801 Markets and Business Fundamentals 1
CMBA 802 Data Analysis and Business Decisions 1
CMBA  803 Financial Accounting Concepts 2
CMBA  804 Managerial Skills 1
CMBA  805 Teamwork Simulation 1
CMBA  806 Leadership Skills 2
CMBA 807 Corporate Finance 2
CMBA  808 Strategic Marketing  2
CMBA 809 Law and Business  1
CMBA 810 Managerial Accounting 2
CMBA 811 Financial Strategies 1
CMBA 812 Supply Chain Management 1
CMBA 813 Business Case Analysis 1
CMBA 814 Strategic Management 2
CMBA 815 Management of Information Technology 2
CMBA 816 Financial Statement Analysis 1
CMBA 817 Strategic Sourcing and Procurement 1
CMBA 818 Operations Management 1
CMBA 819 Logistics Management 1
CMBA 820 Lean Management 1
CMBA  821 Leveraging Information Technology for Knowledge Management 1
CMBA  822 Market Creation 1
CMBA  823 New Product Development 1
CMBA 824 Brand Management 1
CMBA  825 Managerial Communication 1
CMBA 826 Value-Based Management 1
CMBA 827 International Supply Chain Management 1
CMBA  828 International Financial Management 1
CMBA  829 Global Marketing 1
CMBA  830 Accounting and Corporate Governance 1
CMBA  831 Risk Management 1
CMBA  832 Leadership and Change Management 1
CMBA  833 Professional Responsibility in Business 1
CMBA  834 Human Resource Leadership 1
CMBA  835 Strategic Visioning for the Future 1
CMBA  840 Applied Student Project 1 to 3
CMBA  841 Applied Team Project 2 to 6
CMBA  850 Special Topics in Accounting and Information Systems 1 or 2
CMBA  851 Special Topics in Finance 1 or 2
CMBA  852 Special Topics in Management 1 or 2
CMBA  853 Special Topics in Marketing 1 or 2
CMBA  854 Special Topics in Supply Chain Management 1 or 2
Students may re-enroll for a maximum of 8 credits: CMBA 850, CMBA 851, CMBA 852, CMBA 853, and CMBA 854, and a maximum of 16 credits in the total enrollment for these courses.  
  Students must also participate in a Management Forum during each program residency session. This is a non-credit graduation requirement and students will be assessed based on their attendance and participation. The Management Forum sessions are designed to give students the skills they need for success in their careers and to expose them to the thinking of leading management practitioners. Management Forum topics may include career development, diversity, skills improvement, current business issues, and globalization. A common time will be set aside for this enrichment experience.  


Academic Standards

Students are expected to (1) maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for each program residency module, (2) maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00, (3) complete all courses listed on the Candidacy Form, and (4) complete the non-credit Management Forum. A student’s academic progress will be monitored by the Director of the Corporate M.B.A. program.

A student who does not maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average for two consecutive residency modules will be placed on final probation. Such a student will be given the next two residency modules to achieve a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average; otherwise, dismissal from the program will result. To graduate from the program, a student must attain an overall cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

 


Master of Business Administration Degree: Program in Integrative Management

The M.B.A. degree program with a major in integrative management extends over 20 months. It consists of two summer residential sessions, four academic semesters and an early summer –session.  During the academic semesters, most of the courses are scheduled on alternating weekends, Friday evenings and Saturdays.  Students are admitted to the program in integrative management for summer session only.    Students in the program must complete the required courses in a defined sequence with the other members of their class.

The program in integrative management is designed for professionals who meet the admission requirements and want to advance in their careers without interrupting their full–time employment to pursue graduate study.  The objective of the program is to prepare graduates who are able to make sound business decisions based on integrating information across the various fields of business and to manage businesses in an evolving global environment.  The integrative theme is carried out through the coordination of course modules, through in–depth student analyses of organizations and by team efforts that require cross–functional perspectives and build on peer strengths.

In addition to the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Business Administration Program in Integrative Management, an applicant must:

  1. Be employed full–time in a managerial position and/or have demonstrated potential for career advancement and leadership in the public or private sector.
  2. Be recommended for acceptance into the program by two or more professional colleagues.
  3. Have a bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution. The educational institution, academic program, and academic record are considered.
  4. Have strong scores on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) that reflect a general aptitude for graduate study or meet experiential or advanced degree requirements. Other relevant indicators of academic success and significant managerial experience may also be considered.
  5. Have significant work experience that will enhance contributions to the team and the program. Have personal attributes such as demonstrated management potential and maturity, leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, and a drive to succeed.
  6. Have personal attributes such as demonstrated management potential and maturity, leadership qualities, intellectual curiosity, perseverance, and a drive to succeed.
  7. Successfully complete an interview where professional goals are articulated and how the program will contribute to personal success.

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum standards listed above does not guarantee admission to the program.

Prior to enrollment in the Master of Business Administration Program in Integrative Management, the student should have completed college-level courses in algebra and statistics and be proficient in word processing and spreadsheets.

Each student is required to have a laptop computer with a minimum configuration approved by the program office.

Requirements for the Master of Business Administration Degree in Integrative Management

The student must complete 45 credits from the following courses:

PIM 800 Managerial Skills 1 to 3
PIM 801 Organizational Analysis 1 to 3
PIM 802 Integrative Case Competition 1 to 3
PIM 803 Leadership Development 1 to 3
PIM 804 Strategic Vision 1 to 3
PIM 811 Financial Accounting Concepts 1 to 3
PIM 812 Managerial Accounting 1 to 3
PIM 813 Information Systems 1 to 3
PIM 814 Financial Statement Analysis 1 to 3
PIM 821 Managerial Economics 1 to 3
PIM 822 Macroeconomics for Managers 1 to 3
PIM 831 Legal Environment of Business 1 to 3
PIM 841 Corporate Finance 1 to 3
PIM 842 Managerial Finance 1 to 3
PIM 850 Analysis and Decision Modeling 1 to 3
PIM 852 Negotiation 1 to 3
PIM 853 Human Resource Management 1 to 3
PIM 855 Strategic Management 1 to 3
PIM 862 Customer and Competitor Analysis 1 to 3
PIM 863 Marketing Systems 1 to 3
PIM 870 Supply Chain Management 1 to 3
PIM 871 Innovation of Products and Services 1 to 3
PIM 872 International Strategies 1 to 3
PIM 873A Current Business Issues: Finance 1 to 3
PIM 873F Current Business Issues: Management 1 to 3
PIM 874 The Global Marketplace 1 to 3
PIM 875 Supply Chain Management II 1 to 3
PIM 876 Ethics in the Workplace 1 to 3
PIM 881 Leadership Communications 1 to 3
PIM 891 Special Topics in Business 1 to 3


Academic Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 in order to graduate from the program. Any cumulative grade-point average less than 3.00 will be consider probationary status. The number of individual courses with grades below 3.0 is limited to no more than three. Students on probation for two or more semesters may be dismissed from the program.

Master of Science

The Broad School offers Master of Science degree programs with majors in accounting, business analytics, business research, finance, foodservice business management, hospitality business management, marketing research, and supply chain management.

For information about the Master of Science degree program in accounting, refer to the Department of Accounting and Information Systems section.

For information about the Master of Science degree program in finance, refer to the Department of Finance section.

For information about the Master of Science degree program in foodservice business management or hospitality business management, refer to The School of Hospitality Business section.

For information about the Master of Science degree program in marketing research, refer to the Department of Marketing section.

For information about the Master of Science degree program in supply chain management, refer to the Department of Supply Chain Management section.


Business Analytics - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in Business Analytics addresses the study, research, and application of analytics. Its focus is on business analytics, the use of data in various forms and often large sets to make optimal business decisions. This multidisciplinary program prepares analytics professionals for careers based in data information, collection, and analysis in many types of organizations and has broad appeal to a wide variety of academic and professional audiences.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, The Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be admitted to the Master of Science degree in Business Analytics, an applicant must have:

  1. a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. an academic record equivalent to at least 3.00 (B) in undergraduate course work.
  3. completed, with a grade of 3.0 or higher, college-level courses in calculus and statistics.
  4. experience in programming languages, such as Python, Java, HTML, C and C++, and statistical software tools.
  5. strong scores on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) or GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or extensive work experience.
  6. working knowledge of personal computers including word processing, spreadsheets, networking, and database management systems.

Admission to the program is selective and meeting the minimum standards does not guarantee admission. The applicant’s overall record is considered, including the student’s statement of objectives, recommendations, academic transcripts, and other documentation as required.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Business Analytics

The Master of Science degree in Business Analytics is available only under Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits are required for the degree.

1. Students must complete 30 credits from the following courses:
CSE 881 Data Mining 3
CSE 891 Selected Topics 3
ITM 818 Data Management and Visualization in Analytics 3
ITM 881 Network Analytics 3
ITM 882 Analytics Practicum 3
or
ITM 893 Business Analytics Internship 3
ITM 883 Business Analytics Problem Solving 2
ITM 885 Machine Learning and Optimization in Analytics 3
ITM 886 Communication Strategies for Analytics 1
ITM 888 Capstone: Business Analytics 3
STT 805 Statistical Modeling for Business Analytics 3
Other courses may be used to fulfill this requirement with approval of the program director. Information Technology Management 818, 882, 888, and 893 are experiential analytics project courses which engage students in analytics project work in partnership with corporate and/or non-profit organizations.
2. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.

Business Research - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree with a major in Business Research provides a graduate-level degree for individuals with skills in research methods  and graduate-level course work in a business-related area.  The program is only available under Plan B (without thesis). The curriculum is flexible and allows students to choose courses that will meet their specific professional needs. Courses are offered in all of the major areas of the College of Business.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

Applicants for admission must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution, a superior academic record, and very strong scores on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Persons admitted must have the qualifications of perseverance and intellectual curiosity, and an interest in scholarly research. Evidence of these qualities is obtained from an appraisal of a statement of purpose submitted by the applicant and letters of recommendation.

Admissions decisions are made by a faculty committee in the department of the student’s major field of concentration and are reviewed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Business Research

The Master of Science degree in Business Research is available under Plan B (non-thesis). A total of 30 credits are required for the degree. The student’s program of study must be approved by the program director.

  1. Complete at least 12 credits in 800-900 level courses in research methods such as statistics, econometrics, or other areas.
  2. Complete at least 18 additional credits of 800-900 level courses, including at least 12 credits from courses offered by the College of Business.
  3. Successfully complete a final examination or evaluation.
Academic Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses.



International Business - Master of Science

The Master of Science degree in International Business is designed for recent graduates with non-business undergraduate degrees for whom international business knowledge will provide a strong combination of skills for future leadership roles in global organizations. The program provides a cross-functional international perspective across the major business disciplines: management, marketing, supply chain, finance, and accounting. It offers an educational experience that combines theory and experiential learning and is available only online. Students may email ibc@msu.edu for additional information.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and the Eli Broad College of Business and Graduate School of Management, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must:

  1. Have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution.
  2. Have a cumulative undergraduate academic record equivalent to a 3.0 or higher.
  3. Complete the following prerequisite courses or equivalent prior to admission for students who have a non-business undergraduate degree:
    ACC    230    Survey of Accounting Concepts        3
    BUS    250    Business Communications: Oral and Written Skills    3
Admission to the program is selective. Meeting the minimum standards listed above does not guarantee admission to the program.

Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in International Business

The Master of Science degree in International Business is available only under Plan B (non-thesis) and is available only online. A total of 30 credits are required for the degree. 

Students must complete 30 credits from the following courses:
1. International Core. All of the following courses (21 credits):
ACC 801 International Accounting 3
FI 802 International Finance 3
MGT 854 Global Strategy 3
MKT 815 Cross-Cultural Understanding 3
MKT 842 International Marketing 3
MKT 852 Global Value Chains 3
MKT 860 Understanding and Assessing the Global Business Environment 3
2. Complete one of the following, a project or study abroad experience (3 credits):
MKT 882 International Business Field Study 3
MKT 894 The Global Marketplace 3
3. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
MGT 858 Strategic Management 3
MGT 873 Strategic Decision Making 3
SCM 870 Introduction to Supply Chain Management 3
SCM 873 Supply Chain Management: Sourcing, Operations and Distribution 3
4. Completion of a final oral examination or evaluation.

Academic Standards

Students who are enrolled in the Master of Science degree in International Business are expected to maintain: (1) a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 each semester, (2) a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0, and (3) complete all courses listed on the candidacy form.

A student who does not maintain a 3.0 grade-point average will be placed on probation. Such a student will be given the next semester of enrollment to achieve a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average; otherwise, dismissal from the program will result.

 

Business Administration - Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in business administration is earned primarily by prospective college or university teachers and research personnel. This program provides an opportunity for developing a high degree of specialization in one of the following major fields of concentration:  accounting, business information systems, finance, logistics, marketing,  organizational behavior–human resource management,  operations and sourcing management, and strategic management.

A guidance committee assists the doctoral student in planning a rigorous program of multidisciplinary study. Graduates are expected to be capable of specialized and innovative research.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university, students must meet the requirements specified below.

The business administration programs to which the requirements that are referenced in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Business Administration statement apply are listed below by the units that administer them:

The Eli Broad College of Business
    Program in Information Technology Management
        Business Information Systems
Department of Accounting and Information Systems
    Accounting
Department of Finance 
    Finance
Department of Management
    Organizational Behavior—Human Resource Management
    Strategic Management
Department of Marketing
    Marketing
Department of Supply Chain Management
    Logistics 
    Operations and Sourcing Management

Admission

Applicants for admission must possess a bachelor's degree from a recognized educational institution, a superior academic record, and very strong scores on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Persons admitted must have the qualifications of perseverance and intellectual curiosity, and an interest in scholarly research. Evidence of these qualities is obtained from an appraisal of a statement of purpose submitted by the applicant and letters of recommendation.

Admissions decisions are made by a faculty committee in the department of the student's major field of concentration and are reviewed by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Business Administration

The following degree requirements are applicable to all doctoral students in business administration. Students should contact individual departments concerning any additional requirements they may impose.  The general requirements are:

  1. Complete a major field and one minor field of study. A major field consists of a minimum of three courses totaling at least 12 credits; a minor field consists of a minimum of three courses totaling at least 9 credits. Specific major and minor fields may require additional courses and credits.
  2. Know and be able to apply concepts, tools, and techniques of business practice. A student who enters the doctoral program without having earned a business degree from an institution accredited by the Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business should develop a broad understanding of the functional areas of business: Accounting, Finance, Management, Supply Chain Management, and Marketing. Such background, if necessary, would be provided by undergraduate or master's level course work as specified by the student’s program guidance committee.
  3. Achieve competence in economic and/or behavioral analysis by completing graduate level course work in these areas.  Specific requirements are established by the student’s major department.
  4. Complete a minimum of four graduate–level courses totaling at least 12 credits in research related areas.  The areas chosen are expected to be relevant to the student's dissertation research and in subsequent professional endeavors.
  5. Pass a written comprehensive examination in the major field and successfully complete the requirements for the minor field, which may also include a written comprehensive examination.  At the option of the student's major department, an oral component may be added to the major comprehensive examination.  The student's major field advisor must certify to the Doctoral Programs Office that the student has met the requirements for taking a particular written comprehensive examination before the student will be permitted to sit for that examination.
  6. Defend a dissertation proposal orally in an open meeting.  Because the purpose of this requirement is to provide faculty input for the dissertation research, it should be satisfied before the majority of the research effort is undertaken.  A successful defense of the dissertation proposal is achieved when three–fourths of the student's dissertation committee, including the chairperson, approves the defense.  The guidance committee will report to the Doctoral Programs Office the successful completion of this requirement.

    All of the members of the student's guidance committee should be in attendance at the defense of the dissertation proposal.  The date, time, and place for the defense of the dissertation proposal will be announced to the Broad School faculty ten days in advance of the event.

    With the exception of doctoral dissertation research credits, all course work listed on the student's approved guidance committee report must be completed with grades reported before the student will be permitted to defend the dissertation proposal.
  7. Complete a doctoral dissertation judged to be a satisfactory contribution to knowledge by the student's guidance committee and successfully defend the dissertation in an open meeting.

Academic Standards

A record of performance and action consistent with high professional standards is required of every degree candidate.

To be in good standing, a doctoral student must attain at least a 3.25 cumulative grade–point average by the end of the second semester of full–time enrollment and thereafter or, on the initiative of the department of the student's major field of concentration and with the approval of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the student will be dismissed from the doctoral program.

A comprehensive appraisal of each doctoral student's performance is made annually by a review committee composed of faculty members in the department of the student's major field of concentration. The formal review must include the following areas:  performance in course work and on comprehensive examinations, performance in teaching and/or other duties that might be required of a graduate assistant, participation in department colloquia, and progress toward the completion of degree requirements. As a result of the review and based upon college and department standards, one of the following actions will be taken:  (1) the student will remain on regular status in the doctoral program, (2) the student will be placed on probationary status that is conditioned on specific improvements in performance, or (3) the student will be dismissed from the doctoral program. Copies of the results of the yearly appraisal will be provided to the student, the student's major field advisor, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.