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Ph.D. Program

Pursue one of Florida State’s seven business Ph.D. majors.

Choosing to pursue a Ph.D. in Business Administration doctoral degree at Florida State University’s College of Business means choosing to rigorously explore and generate new knowledge in your field. You will be challenged and transformed in a collegial atmosphere rich in opportunity. At Florida State, designated as a Carnegie Research Institution (very high research), doctoral students work alongside a distinguished faculty at one of the nation’s largest business schools to produce and apply original business thought. Our internationally acclaimed faculty consistently receives rankings and recognition for research productivity and relevance. As early as year one, doctoral students begin forming research relationships with faculty members that provide a strong foundation for their academic careers. Small-class seminars foster discussions and idea exchanges with professors. Ph.D. students learn to emulate our faculty’s disciplined balance of scholarship and instruction, and graduates are prepared to secure career placements at leading educational institutions, as well as select research positions in industry and government. Read more about recent student accomplishments and hear what they have to say. external link icon

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Use these links to navigate through the page:

Application Process | Program Costs and Financial Assistance
Accounting Major  | Finance Major | Management Information Systems Major 
Marketing Major Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Major 
Risk Management and Insurance Major | Strategy Major


Ph.D. Program: ACCOUNTING MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: March 1
Admits: Two to three candidates each fall
Length of Study: Four to five years

  • Emphasizes capital markets, decision-making, financial reporting and assurance services
  • Offers tracks in behavioral accounting research, typically with psychology coursework, and empirical financial accounting research, typically with finance and econometrics coursework
  • Includes research courses in statistics, economics and/or mathematics; a second-year research study, comprehensive exams and dissertation

Prerequisites

All accounting doctoral students must complete graduate level courses in Finance as well as undergraduate level courses in Statistics, Calculus I, Calculus II, and Linear Algebra.  The Accounting doctoral advisor and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs must approve courses satisfying the above requirements.

Read more about this major’s curriculumhow to apply, program costs, financial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Accounting faculty and doctoral students.

For more information on the doctoral major in Accounting, please contact Dr. Allen Blay, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: FINANCE MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: March 1
Admits: Two to three candidates each fall
Length of Study: Four years

  • Emphasizes investments, corporate finance, financial institutions and markets
  • Includes primary seminars in corporate finance, investments, financial theory
  • Encourages support area courses in econometrics
  • Includes research courses in statistics, econometrics, mathematical economics and financial mathematics; comprehensive exams and dissertation

Prerequisites

All finance doctoral students must complete graduate level courses in Investments, Econometrics, and Statistics, and undergraduate level courses in Calculus I, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Mathematical Economics.  The Finance doctoral adviser and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs must approve course selections to meet the above requirements.

Read more about this major’s curriculumhow to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Finance faculty and doctoral students.

For more information on the doctoral major in Finance, please contact Dr. David Peterson, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: February 1
Admits: Two to three candidates every fall
Length of Study: Four years

  • Focuses extensively on the organizational and behavioral aspects of MIS
  • Includes seminars in information systems; information technology’s impacts, innovation and management; and decision processes and structures
  • Offers research courses in mathematics and statistics and a wide range of support area choices, including accounting, econometrics and marketing
  • Includes one-year apprenticeship with MIS faculty member in second year, exams and dissertation

Prerequisites
All applicants must have either an undergraduate or master’s degree in MIS or a related field such as Business, Information Studies, or Computer Science.  Each applicant is also required to know two programming languages, statistics, and calculus.

Read more about this major’s curriculumhow to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Management Information Systems faculty and doctoral students.

For more information
on the doctoral major in Management Information Systems, please contact Dr. Xinlin Tang, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: MARKETING MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: February 1
Admits: Two to three candidates each fall
Length of Study: Four years

  • Emphasizes services marketing and international business
  • Focuses extensively on the theoretical development and quantitative analysis of scholarly research in marketing
  • Offers seminars in services marketing, consumer behavior, business-to-business marketing, structural equation modeling, discrete mathematical modeling and customer choice modeling
  • Includes support courses in an area close to marketing, such as social psychology, strategic management or quantitative methods; a preliminary examination; and dissertation defense

Prerequisites
All marketing doctoral students must satisfy the following prerequisites, either through completion of a master’s program or during their first year in the doctoral program:

  • MAC 2233 Business Calculus
  • MAN 5716 Business Conditions Analysis
  • ECP 5706 Managerial Economics
  • MAN 5501 Production and Operations Management
  • MAR 5816 Marketing Strategy
  • EDF 5400 Introductory Statistics: Description and Inference
  • EDF 5488 Computer Analysis of Educational Data

Read more about how to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Marketing faculty and doctoral students.

For more information
on the doctoral major in Marketing, please contact Dr. Charles Hofacker, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: December 15
Admits: Two to three candidates each fall
Length of Study: Four to five years

  • Offers faculty with research expertise in organizational behavior, such as leadership stress management, social influence, attributions and organizational politics; and human resources management, such as employee recruitment/selection, job performance and labor relations
  • Includes courses that cover a wide range of topics, such as attitudes, personality, stress, leadership, motivation, human resource management, labor relations, research methods and data analysis
  • Includes two years of coursework culminating in a comprehensive exam, followed by two to three years of research and teaching, culminating with a dissertation

Prerequisites
Organizational Behavior and Human Resources doctoral students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Although we prefer students to also have a master's degree in business or a related field (e.g., industrial and organizational psychology), it is not a requirement. If students have strong credentials and demonstrate maturity, we sometimes allow them to begin the program without a master's degree.

Read more about this major’s curriculum, this major's frequently asked questionshow to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Organizational Behavior and Human Resources faculty and doctoral students.

For more information on the doctoral major in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, please contact Dr. Chad Van Iddekinge, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: February 1
Admits: One candidate each fall (on average)
Length of Study: Four years

  • Offers faculty with research expertise in insurer operations, insurance market performance and regulation, catastrophe risk management and the economics of risk and uncertainty
  • Includes primary courses covering the fundamentals of risk management/insurance and research courses in mathematical economics and applied quantitative methods
  • Encourages support area studies in finance econometrics, real estate and statistics
  • Includes two years of coursework culminating in a comprehensive exam, followed by two years of research and teaching, culminating with a dissertation

Prerequisites
All Risk Management and Insurance Doctoral students must have completed undergraduate level courses in Calculus I, Calculus II, and Linear Algebra.

Read more about this major’s curriculumhow to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Risk Management and Insurance faculty and doctoral students.

For more information on the doctoral major in Risk Management and Insurance, please contact Dr. Patricia Born, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: STRATEGY MAJOR

Application Submission Deadline: February 1
Admits: Two to three candidates each fall
Length of Study: Four to five years

  • Offers faculty with research expertise in areas such as entrepreneurship, franchising, executive compensation and corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, human and social capital theory and resource-based theory
  • Includes courses that cover a wide range of topics, such as organizational theory, strategic management (several courses), research methods and data analysis
  • Includes two years of coursework culminating in a comprehensive exam, followed by two to three years of research and teaching, culminating with a dissertation

Prerequisites
Strategy doctoral students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Although we prefer students to also have a master's degree in business or a related field, it is not a requirement. If students have strong credentials and demonstrate maturity, we sometimes allow them to begin the program without a master's degree.

Read more about this major’s curriculumhow to applyprogram costsfinancial assistance and recent student accomplishments.

Learn more about the Strategy faculty and doctoral students.

For more information on the doctoral major in Strategy, please contact Dr. Bruce Lamont, program director.

For more information on the application process, see the checklist below.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D. Program: APPLICATION PROCESS

Admission Requirements
Admission decisions are made by the college’s Doctoral Admissions Committee and are based on a combination of factors, including prior academic record from accepted universities; Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores taken within the past five years; letters of recommendation; experience; record of accomplishments. Admission is competitive and focused on students with grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and GMAT scores of at least 600.

Note: Two Ph.D. majors - Organizational Behavior and Human Resources and Marketing - will accept the GRE exam in lieu of the GMAT. Minimum GRE scores of 155 on each section of the revised GRE are acceptable.


Application Process Checklist

I. The following five items should be sent directly to Florida State University through the online admissions application (Please do not send hard copies of these materials through the mail):

  • University Application for Admission to a Graduate Program (available exclusively online at admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp external link icon)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $30 (see University Application - may be paid online at fees.fsu.edu external link icon).
  • Applicant’s statement of purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. Program (2-3 pages).
  • An up-to-date curriculum vita/resume clearly indicating an excellent prior academic record from accredited universities and any work experience including dates and positions held.
  • Three recommendation letters that speak specifically to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program and the applicant’s potential for teaching and research.

II. The following three items should be sent to the University Admissions office:

  • One official transcript from all schools attended
  • Official TOEFL, PTE or IELTS Score Report (required of international applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of academic background)
  • Florida Resident Affidavit (not needed for non-Florida residents) - see University Application or admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/residency.pdf external link icon.

III. The following one item should be sent directly to the FSU College of Business:

  • Official GMAT scores and, if applicable, a copy of TOEFL or IELTS scores

IV. The following items should be submitted through the Florida State Graduate Application portal, available exclusively online at http://admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp:

  • Applicant’s statement of purpose for pursuing the Ph.D. program (2-3 pages)
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume, clearly indicating an excellent prior academic record from accredited universities and any work experience including dates and positions held
  • Three (3) recommendation letters that speak specifically to the applicant’s ability to successfully complete the Ph.D. program and the applicant’s potential for teaching and research
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $30.00 (see University Application or go to http://fees.fsu.edu)

V. The following items should be sent to the Admissions Office, PO Box 3062400, 282 Champions Way, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400:

  • One (1) official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Florida Resident Affidavit, if applicable (see University Application or http://admissions.fsu.edu/images/pdf/residency.pdf)
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS score report (required of international applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of academic background).  The ETS code to send TOEFL scores to Florida State is 5219.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores (all sections of the entrance exams must be completed).  The code to send GMAT scores to Florida State is PN8K567, and the code to send GRE scores is 5219.

Residency
The doctoral program is a full-time program that lasts 4 to 5 years. Students should plan to live near campus year-around, including summers. Our program is not set-up for individuals who wish to take courses part-time or online.

International Applicants
International applicants whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in an English-speaking country are required to take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and submit official test results in order to be admitted to The Florida State University. The College of Business requires a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the paper-based test and 100 on the internet-based test, or a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS exam, taken within the past two (2) years.

A minimum score of 25 for each section of the TOEFL is strongly recommended. In addition, international graduate applicants seeking teaching assistantships are required to pass a test of spoken English.

For more international applicant information, visit http://admissions.fsu.edu/international external link icon for information concerning financial responsibilities, degree equivalency, etc.

For further questions regarding the admissions process, please contact Jen Boyles, Ph.D. academic adviser.

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Ph.D Program: PROGRAM COSTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Financial Assistance

The College of Business awards financial assistance to applicants based on academic criteria and performance. The goal of the college is to provide assistantships and/or fellowships to all of our admitted doctoral students, subject to overall enrollment and fiscal limitations. Currently, 100 percent of the doctoral students who request funding and who are in residence receive financial assistance from the college. Annual stipends and supplementary assistance such as travel expenses for conference attendance will vary among cohorts and programs. 

Doctoral students receive financial assistance for four years provided they maintain a satisfactory level of academic and work performance. There also are opportunities for an additional year of funding for high-performing students who wish to further develop their research record before entering the job market.

For more information regarding the cost of tuition and fees, please visit the Tuition and Fees Pageexternal link icon

Awards/Scholarships

The College of Business awards financial assistance to applicants based on academic criteria and performance. There are various scholarships available for graduate students. Please click here to visit our graduate scholarships page.

(Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all completed application materials before December 15 to be eligible for additional funding opportunities at the university level).

  • For a full list of Florida State University funding and awards, visit gradschool.fsu.edu external link icon
  • For more information on Florida State University's research and research funding, visit about.research.fsu.edu external link icon
  • For more information on Florida State University's graduate fellowships and awards, visit ofga.fsu.edu external link icon

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