Academic Information

Students complete the core curriculum in two years. Most students finish their minor and research methods courses during the third year, giving them an opportunity to tailor the program to their specific interests and take courses most relevant to their dissertation research.

Minimum Total Credit Requirements Credits Coursework
15 Courses (beyond the Business Core Knowledge Requirements)  45 Credit Hours
Dissertation Credit Hours  24 Credit Hours
Minimum Total Credits Hours  69 Credit Hours

Required Coursework
Strategy, Entrepreneurship, & Organizations Ph.D. Seminars
Mgt. 617 Seminar in Macro Organizational Behavior
Mgt. 618 Overview of Entrepreneurship Research
Mgt. 623 Overview of Strategic Management
Mgt. 624 Advanced Strategy I
Mgt. 625 Advanced Strategy II
Students must also complete 21 credit hours of methods courses. Each of the primary methods courses must be completed, with an additional three methods courses selected from the list in the SEO program handbook.
Primary Methods Courses
MKT 611 Research Foundations
MKT 612 Quantitative Research Methods
ECON 582 Elements of Econometrics I
ECON 583 Elements of Econometrics II
Students take a comprehensive exam in May or early June of the second year. In the remainder of the program, students conduct independent dissertation research with an advisor anddissertation committee.

Research Assistantship
In their first year, students are assigned to faculty members for an assistantship based on their research interests. In the following years, students rotate to work with different faculty members so they get exposure to other research topics and approaches.

In the first year, most students take a course in teaching pedagogy. Their initial teaching assignment may be assisting a professor with a large lecture class, or coaching for the undergraduate capstone course. Students will then assume complete responsibility for a class.

For more information on the program, please see the SEO Program Handbook.


Recent work by doctoral students:

Murnieks, C. Y., Cardon, M. S., Sudek, R., White, T. D., & Brooks, W. T. (2016). “Drawn to the fire: The role of passion, tenacity and inspirational leadership in angel investing,” Journal of Business Venturing, 31(4), 468-484.

Boss, A, Reger, R.K., and Yan, J. Accepted 2016. “A Theory of Optimal Entrepreneurial Persistence,” Academy of Management Meetings, Anaheim, August 2016.

Accepted 2016: “Who am I—Scientist or Academic Entrepreneur? Identity Based Views on Academic Entrepreneurship,” Technology Transfer Society, panel discussion with Maximilian Goether, Sanjay Jain, William Meek, Nick Mmbaga, Rhonda Reger (session chair), Daniel White, and Matthew Wood (November 3-4, 2016) Phoenix, AZ.

Reger, R.K., Williams, E.; White, T.D. 2015. “Self-identity Conflicts of Academic Entrepreneurs: When Scientists Are Asked to Define Themselves by Who They Are Not (Entrepreneurs),” Babson (BCERC), June, Natick, MA.

White, T.D., Reger, R. K. Williams, E. 2015. “Traditional Scientist to Academic Entrepreneur: Why It’s Hard to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks,” presented at the Strategic Management Society Meetings, Denver, September.