Students admitted to the Ph.D. Program with a master's degree must complete at least 34 credits of graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as part of the doctoral program of study. Additional credits may be necessary if the student does not have appropriate prior coursework. These may include credits incurred while working on a doctoral dissertation, with prior approval.
Students are expected to have achieved a basic level of proficiency at the undergraduate or graduate level equivalent to one semester each of coursework in calculus, statistics, and linear algebra. Applicants lacking in the above academic background may be admitted on the condition that they complete equivalent courses. Specific courses from the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business or from departments outside the School will be suggested to satisfy preparation in these areas. Credits earned in these courses do not count toward the degree. A student may choose to demonstrate competence in these background fields by passing an appropriate written equivalency examination in lieu of taking course work.
This requirement consists of courses that give students general preparation in a common core of knowledge. Students will be required to validate exposure to functional business areas: accounting, finance, information systems, marketing and management. Methods of validation include (a) prior coursework, (b) equivalency exam, (c) supervised readings. Students entering the program with no prior business degree (BBA or MBA) will be required to complete three of the five common core requirements through coursework in the Lubar School MBA program. All students are also required to complete a "Doctoral Orientation to Teaching and Research" course.
In this component the student is exposed to the process of scientific inquiry and methodological tools for conducting research. All students are required to complete a minimum of 12 credits of research methods courses from those listed below.
Effective in Fall 2005, students must choose at least two Module I courses to satisfy the Research Methods requirement.
Module I - 3 Credit Courses
- Bus Adm 918 Doctoral Seminar in Behavioral Research Methods
- Bus Adm 995 Advanced Multivariate Techniques in Management Research
- Bus Adm 995 Doctoral Seminar in Decision Sciences
- Econ 806 Mathematical Economics
- Econ 835 Econometric Methods II
- Econ 915 Seminar in Econometric Methods (topic)
- Ed Psych 824 Advanced Experimental Design & Analysis
- Ed Psych 826 Analysis of Cross-Classified Categorical Data
- Ed Psych 829 Instrument Development
- Math Stat 861 Decision Theory
- Bus Adm 714 Multivariate Techniques in Management Research
- Bus Adm 754 Statistical Analysis
- Econ 735 Econometric Methods
- Ed Psych 821 Psychometric Theory & Practice
- Ed Psych 823 Structural Equation Modeling
- Ed Psych 825 Multivariate Methods
- Ind Eng 765 Operations Research Methods
Students should note that some of these courses have pre-requisites. Courses taken in preparation for courses on this list will not be counted towards completion of the Research Methodology requirement.
First Year Research ProjectAs a first step in developing a research focus, PhD students are required to submit a paper by the end of their third semester to be presented at a research seminar, conference, or an on-campus seminar that includes at least two faculty members from their department. The First Year Paper form must be signed by two faculty members and returned to Nance Gusavac (N418).
Doctoral Fields of StudyEach student will choose a major and a minor field of study. The majors are Management Information Systems, Finance, Marketing, Organizations and Strategic Management, or Production and Operations Management. The minor field of study can be chosen from the following fields within the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business: Finance, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Organizations and Strategic Management, Production and Operations Management, Business Statistics, Taxation, or International Business. The minor field of study can also be chosen from a related field outside the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business.
A minimum of 12 graduate credits is required in the major field and a minimum of 9 graduate credits is required in the minor field. Additional credits may be necessary if the student does not have appropriate prior coursework. Students choose program advisors in their major and minor fields to work with them in developing a detailed program of study.
Every student is required to pass written comprehensive examinations in the major field after completing their specified program of study. Minor field requirements include completing approved coursework with a specified grade point average or passing a written comprehensive examination as specified by the appropriate department. A student is admitted as a candidate for the Ph.D. degree after successful completion of the comprehensive examinations.
Residency RequirementsAs a part of the minimum graduate credits which must be earned at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee beyond the master's degree, each Ph.D. student must devote at least one continuous academic year to a graduate program of course work, research, and related activities. The continuous year portion of the residency requirement must be completed prior to taking the first comprehensive examination. The residency requirement can be met by completing at least 8 graduate credits in each of two consecutive semesters, exclusive of summer sessions; or by completing 6 graduate credits in each of three consecutive semesters, exclusive of summer sessions.
The student's research will be conducted under the guidance of a committee comprised of at least three graduate faculty members chosen by the student and approved by the Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business Ph.D. Program Committee and the Graduate School. At the conclusion of the research project, the student is required to pass an oral examination in defense of the dissertation.
Additional information is in the UWM Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business PhD Student Handbook.