Graduate Degree - Retailing - Doctor of Philosophy

Program:
Retailing - Doctor of Philosophy
Program Code:
1449 Retailing
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Doctor of Philosophy
Start Term:
SS06
End Term:
FS09
College:
College of Communication Arts and Sciences


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Requirements as represented in Degree Navigator are not available for this program.

College of Communication Arts and Sciences

Department of Advertising and Public Relations

Graduate Study
Retailing - Doctor of Philosophy

The Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing participates in the doctoral program in Media and Information Studies. This program is described under the College of Communication Arts and Sciences listing.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Retailing prepares students to become active scholars, teachers, and leaders in the retailing and other consumer industries. The retail industry includes service providers such as banks, hotels, supermarkets, electronic commerce and mass customization as well as traditional retailers. It links the service provider and the client or consumer. The interdisciplinary nature of this doctoral program allows students from across the university to use their previously acquired knowledge and skills to develop their interests further in international and cross-cultural commerce, technology in commerce, and entrepreneurship. Students are required to develop a program of scholarship that includes presentations and publications and may include opportunities to participate in ongoing research in the department.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, the student must meet the requirements as specified below.

Admission

Normally a master’s degree in retailing, marketing, services or a related area is required for admission to the doctoral program. Highly qualified students with a bachelor’s degree may be admitted to the doctoral program with the approval of the chairperson of the department and the dean of the college. Prospective graduate students must take the general sections of the Graduate Record Examination or the Graduate Management Admissions Test and submit the results to the department. Admission to the program is based on evidence of academic ability, research potential, and personal achievement. Collateral course work may be required if the student’s background is judged to be inadequate. Collateral course work will not count towards the fulfillment of the requirements for the degree.

Guidance Committee

Two of the members of the student’s guidance committee, including the student’s major professor who chairs the committee, must be from the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing. One member of the committee must be from outside the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Retailing

                     
Students must:              
1. Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):    
  RET 900 Decision Processes in Retailing   3
  RET 901 Professional Seminar 3
2. Complete 6 to 8 credits of research methods as approved by the student’s guidance committee.  
3. Complete 8 to 12 credits of statistics as approved by the student’s guidance committee.  
4. Complete 20 to 24 credits of courses in two areas of specialization outside Retailing as approved by the student’s guidance committee.  
5. Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination.  
6. Complete 24 credits of Retailing 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
7. Pass a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation.