College of Business Administration

Welcome

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I am proud to serve as the Ph.D. Program Director for the College of Business Administration. We offer a competitive, high-caliber program that prepares doctoral students to conduct high quality, scholarly research and to teach effectively in the field of business. Our program creates thought-leaders driven by innovative curricula and mentorship, impactful research based on currency and context, and engagement via pedagogy and practice. We focus on discovery and integration through intellectual renewal and professional development. 

As a Ph.D. student, you will learn to balance research, teaching and service. Through advanced coursework, mentorships and research seminars you will acquire the knowledge necessary to become an  expert in your area of specialization, develop the conceptual and methodological skills required to conduct original research, and prepare for the responsibility and challenge of undergraduate and graduate business education through classroom experience. Plus, through your acquired expertise and research you will promote effective change and evolution of prevailing business and social problems at various levels of engagement.

Our Ph.D. program practices rigor and relevance and I invite you to join us.

Pratim Datta, Ph.D.

Ph.D. Program Director
pdatta@kent.edu
(330) 672-1229

 


Why Ph.D.?

Kent State University’s College of Business Administration’s Ph.D. program prepares you to conduct high quality, scholarly research and become an effective educator in your field of expertise. Our graduates hold faculty positions at colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Ph.D. Program Overview


Admissions and Deadlines

Admission to the Ph.D. program is highly competitive. You must show outstanding potential for doctoral study and professional achievement. The full-time program is comprised of coursework, comprehensive examinations and a dissertation. Your coursework and dissertation will demand approximately four years of full-time study; approximately two and a half years of coursework, with the remaining time preparing for your comprehensive exam and dissertation. 

You may be required to take proficiency courses if you do not have an MBA. Your Graduate Advisor will customize a plan for you from start to graduation. Plus, you are paired with a Ph.D. Mentor to prepare you for a career in academia or industry, through ongoing research and development of your teaching skills.

Acceptance Decision Criteria

  • Online Application and Fee
  • Official Transcripts
  • Official GMAT Score or GRE (Only GMAT is accepted for Accounting)
  • Three letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Goals and Objectives
  • International Applicants: IELTS or TOEFL Score

Application Deadlines

  • International Deadline: January 1

  • Domestic Deadline: February 1

International: ApplyDomestic: Apply


Ph.D. Concentrations

The College of Business Administration offers six Ph.D. concentrations that effectively train you to educate all across the world of academia. Each concentration offers a mentorship program that is vital to the real-world experience in a career in academia and research.

Accounting

The Accounting concentration provides you with research and teaching skills that prepare you for an academic career in accounting. You will gain valuable knowledge and research experience in the areas of auditing, managerial accounting and financial accounting.

Mentorship Program
A critical component of the Accounting concentration is the mentorship program in which you learn research skills through your coursework, dissertation and graduate assistantship. Each semester, you will be assigned to a faculty member to assist on a research project. You will also have the opportunity to teach undergraduate courses as part of the teaching mentorship.

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Pervaiz Alam, Ph.D., CPA

Accounting Coordinator
(330) 672-1121
palam@kent.edu

 

Finance

The Finance concentration provides  you with a working knowledge of the theory of corporate finance, investment and financial decision making. You will also gain research and teaching experience through the mentorship program.

Mentorship Program
The Finance mentorship program prepares you for your eventual transition into your professional career in either academia or the industry by fostering the development of teaching and research expertise.

John Thornton, Ph.D.

Finance Coordinator
(330) 672-1214
jthornt5@kent.edu

 

 

Human Resource Management

The Human Resource Management (HRM) concentration of our Ph.D. program prepares you to address our technology-powered economy fueled by information and driven by knowledge. The HRM concentration educates you in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research so you are able to address these and other challenges posed by the increased use of technology at work..

Mentorship Program
A critical component of the HRM concentration is the mentorship program that helps you develop the skills required to conduct original research and help you gain knowledge necessary to establish areas of expertise within the concentration.

Mary Hogue, Ph.D.

Management and Information Systems Coordinator
(330) 672-1148
mhogue@kent.edu

Information Systems

The Information Systems concentration educates you in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research so you are able to address these and other challenges and opportunities posed by the increased use of technology at work.

Mentorship Program
A critical component of the Information Systems concentration is the mentorship program that helps you develop the skills required to conduct original research and help you gain knowledge necessary to establish areas of expertise within the concentration.

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Mary Hogue, Ph.D.

Managment and Information Systems Coordinator
(330) 672-1148
mhogue@kent.edu

 

Marketing

The Marketing concentration provides you with an in-depth, working knowledge of international marketing theory, research methods and behavior analysis. 

Mentorship Program
The Marketing mentorship program exposes you to a variety of research perspectives by working with three different faculty mentors to experiences the different views of research.

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Jennifer Wiggins Johnson, Ph.D.

Marketing Coordinator
(330) 672-1259
jwiggin2@kent.edu

 

Operations Management

The Operations Management (OM) concentration of our Ph.D. program prepares you to address our technology-powered economy fueled by information and driven by knowledge. The OM concentration educates you in the latest thinking, theory and empirical research so you can address the supply and value chain management challenges faced by organizations today. 

Mentorship Program
A critical component of the operations management concentration is the mentorship program that helps you develop the skills required to conduct original research and help you gain knowledge necessary to establish areas of expertise within the concentration.

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Mary Hogue, Ph.D.

Management and Information Systems Coordinator
(330) 672-1148
mhogue@kent.edu


Ph.D. Minors

The Ph.D. program offers you eight minors to help diversifie and specialize your education to what you want to study. The minors are:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Statistics
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management and Information Systems
  • Marketing

Doctoral Fellowships

Every doctoral student is offered a Doctoral Fellowship. As a teaching and research fellow, you must carry at least eight graduate hours per semester and engage in teaching and research duties. On average, fellows provide 20 hours of teaching and research per week.

Fellowships may be renewed for up to four years and are based on academic merit and progress towards degree completion. Fellowships carry stipends of $20,000 per academic year, plus a tuition scholarship to cover nine credit hours each semester. For summer teaching, an additional $3,000 and tuition scholarship for up to six credits is available.


Research Faculty

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Featured Researcher

Xiaoling Pu, Assistant Professor of Finance and Spring 2014 recipiant of the College of Business Administration Distinguished Scholar Award, is an expert in credit risk, fixed income and investments. Dr. Pu has had more five articles published since 2012 including Limited Arbitage between Equity and Credit Markets, which was featured in the Journal of Financial Economics. Dr. Pu recieved her Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008.

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Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. students meet stringent academic standards. The current student profile is:

Average GMAT: 664
Average GPA: 3.51
Average Work Experience: 38 Months
Average Age: 28 
Percent Female: 70%
Percent International: 80%

Meet our current doctoral students


Ph.D. Student Organization

doctoralstudentmanagementassociation_final.pngThe Doctoral Student Management Association (DSMA) is the representative body of the doctoral students of the College of Business Administration. As a doctoral candidate in the College of Business at Kent State University, you will automatically be enrolled as a member of DSMA.


FAQ

Have a question? Read the answers to the most frequently asked questions.

When does the Ph.D. program start? 
It starts in the fall only.

Can I attend the Ph.D. program part-time?
The Ph.D. program is a full-time only program.

What Ph.D. concentrations do you offer? 
Accounting, Finance, Human Resource Management, Information Systems and Marketing

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Contact Us

To learn more about the Ph.D. programs offered at the College of Business Administration, contact us at the Graduate Programs Office:

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