PhD Program Structure

The PhD program at the Shidler College of Business is small and individualized. This enables students to pursue their own areas of interest. Admission is highly competitive, and only full-time study is allowed.

The PhD program reflects the College's philosophy that a broad and cross-functional orientation is necessary to appreciate complex business problems that extend beyond the narrow confines of a particular discipline.

Students planning academic careers can take advantage of teaching opportunities, along with instruction in teaching techniques that are especially effective in management education.

Doctoral candidates choose one specialization from among five areas: Accounting, Finance, Information Technology Management, Marketing, and Organization and Strategy.

Program Courses

PhD students must complete all the theory courses within a specialization during the first two years in the program. Each specialization offers up to four theory courses. Additionally, two or more theory courses are required in other specializations within Shidler College.

Four research methods courses in the areas of economics and statistics are required, often selected from other UH graduate programs.

All PhD students must enroll in BUS 705 PhD Seminar in International Management for the first two years of their program. Subsequent enrollment in the BUS 705 is recommended but not required. Departments for the specialized areas sometimes have additional requirements for the PhD program.