Ph.D. with a major in Marketing


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January 15Priority deadline. Application review begins and will continue until positions are filled.
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  • Contact Martin Mende or Maura Scott, program directors, for more information on the Marketing major, its content and curriculum.
  • Contact Gail Palo, Ph.D. academic program specialist, for more information about the admissions process.

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Marketing is one of seven majors offered through FSU’s College of Business’ Ph.D. in Business Administration. The major admits up to two candidates each fall, and the program takes five years to complete.

  • Emphasizes services marketing, international business and transformative consumer research
  • Focuses extensively on theoretical development and quantitative analysis so that students can produce scholarly research in marketing
  • Offers seminars in services marketing, consumer behavior, business-to-business marketing, structural equation modeling, multivariate techniques and experimental design
  • Includes support courses in an area related to marketing, such as social psychology, econometrics, strategic management, organizational behavior or statistics; a preliminary examination; and dissertation

For an overview of FSU’s Ph.D. in Business Administration and its seven majors, download the brochure.

  Student Accomplishments

Placements

Auburn University; California State University, Los Angeles; King Fahd University; Northeastern University; Ohio Northern University; Stony Brook University (SUNY System); Texas State University; University of Alabama; University of Kentucky; University of North Carolina, Greensboro


Awards

  • Jeffrey Anderson, 2015-2016 Outstanding COB Doctoral Teaching Award and 2013 McKnight Doctoral Fellowship
  • Bryan Hochstein, finalist in Florida State’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition
  • Corinne Kelley, Organizational Frontlines Young Scholar Research Competition
  • Harrison Pugh, 2017 AMA-Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium Fellow and 2016 Research Fellow, Center for Sales and Marketing Strategy
  • Ilana Shanks, 2016-2017 American Marketing Association Valuing Diversity Ph.D. Scholarship
     

Presentations

  • KyuYeong Choi, presented his research at the 2019 American Marketing Association
  • Alec Pappas, presented his research at the 2019 Southeast Marketing Symposium
  • Lane Peterson, presented her research at the 2019 Southeast Marketing Symposium
  • Harrison Pugh, presented his research at the 2019 American Marketing Association
  • Ilana Shanks, presented her research at the 2019 American Marketing Association

Defended Dissertations

  • “No Pain, No Gain: How Form of Payment Affects Social Perception of Stigmatized Consumers” by Carrie Skinner Absher; Dr. Maura L. Scott & Dr. Martin Mende, major professors
  • "Get Over It: How Goodwill Overcomes the Negative Effects of Corporate and Service Failures," by Alexis M. Allen; Dr. Michael Brady, major professor
  • “Do Alliances’ CSR Engagements Matter to the Focal Firm’s Financial Performance? Evidence from Two Studies” by Abdullah Almashayekhi; Dr. Ruby P. Lee, major professor.
  • “Unpacking Quality Ambidexterity: Dimensions, Contingencies, and Synergies" by Sidney Thomas Anderson; Dr. Jeffrey Smith, major professor
  • “Consumer Motivations and Responses to Rejection” by Samantha Bittner; Dr. Charles Hofacker, major professor
  • “Converting Purchase Commitments into Purchase Fulfillments: An Examination of Salesperson Characteristics and Influence Tactics" by Melissa WesAnne Clark; Dr. Michael Hartline, major professor
  • “B2B Sales Interactions: Empowered Consumers, Sales Influence Tactics, and Salespeople as Knowledge Brokers” by Bryan W. Hochstein; Dr. Ronald Goldsmith and Dr. Daekwan Kim, major professors
  • “Consumer-Based Strategy and Organizational Frontlines: The Role of Socially-Induced Interactions and Atmospherics on Consumer Behavior” by Corinne M. Kelley, Dr. Maura Scott and Dr. Martin Mende, major professors
  • “Informing Consumer Decision-Making: Two Empirical Studies” by William J. Montford; Dr. Ronald Goldsmith, major professor
  • "The Role of Co-Creation in Consumer Assessments of Quality and Value in Service Dominated Economies and the Implications to Satisfaction and Outcome Behaviors” by Duane M. Nagel; Dr. Joseph Cronin, major professor
  • "Creative Systems, Social Networks, and New Product Development: Two Essays Examining the Impact of Connected Teams and Heavyweight Leaders on Marketing Outcomes," by Cinthia Beccacece Satornino; Dr. Michael Brady, major professor
     

Recent Student Publications

Some recent representative publications from current or former students:

  • Allen, Alexis M.Michael K. BradyStacey G. Robinson and Clay M. Voorhees (2015), "One Firm's Loss Is Another's Gain: Capitalizing on Other Firms' Service Failures," Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, 43 (5), 648-662 [doi 10.1007/s11747-014-0413-6].
  • Bacile, Todd J.Christine YeEsther Swilley (2014), "From Firm-Controlled to Consumer-Contributed: Consumer Co-Production of Personal Media Marketing Communication," Journal of Interactive Marketing, 28(2), 117-133 [doi: 10.1016/j.intmar.2013.12.001].
  • Cowart, Kelly O. and Michael K. Brady (2014), "Pleasantly Plump: Offsetting Negative Obesity Stereotypes for Frontline Service Employees," Journal of Retailing, 90 (3), 365-378 [doi: 10.1016/j.jretai.2014.03.003].
  • Giebelhausen, MichaelStacey G. Robinson, Nancy J. Sirianni, and Michael K. Brady (2014), "Touch vs. Tech: When Technology Functions as a Barrier or a Benefit to Service Encounters," Journal of Marketing, 78(4), 113-124 [doi: 10.1509/jm.13.0056].
  • Gleim, Mark R., Jeffery S Smith, Demetra Andrews, J. Joseph Cronin (2013), "Against the Green: A Multi-method Examination of the Barriers to Green Consumption," Journal of Retailing, 89(1), 44-61 [doi: 10.1016/j.jretai.2012.10.001].
  • Plouffe, Christopher R., Willy Bolander, Joseph A. Cote, Bryan Hochstein (2016), "Does the Customer Matter Most? Exploring Strategic Frontline Employees' Influence of Customers, the Internal Business Team, and External Business Partners," Journal of Marketing, 80(1), 106-123 [doi: 10.1509/jm.14.0192].
  • Bolander, Willy, Cinthia B. Satornino, Douglas E. Hughes, Gerald R. Ferris (2015), "Social Networks Within Sales Organizations: Their Development and Importance for Salesperson Performance," Journal of Marketing, 79(6), 1-16 [doi: 10.1509/jm.14.0444].
  • Mende, Martin, Maura L. Scott, Jenny van Doorn, Dhruv Grewal, and Ilana Shanks, (2019, forthcoming) “Service Robots Rising: How Humanoid Robots Influence Service Experiences and Elicit Compensatory Consumer Responses,” Journal of Marketing Research.
  • Bone, Sterling A., Katherine N. Lemon, Clay M. Voorhees, Katie A. Liljenquist, Paul W. Fombelle, Kristen B. DeTienne, and R. Bruce Money (2016), "Mere Measurement 'Plus': How Solicitation of Open-Ended Positive Feedback Influences Customer Purchase Behavior," Journal of Marketing Research, in press [doi: 10.1509/jmr.14.0232].

  Program Requirements

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:

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

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

All Marketing doctoral students must complete courses in three areas: Methodology (known as Tools for Analytical Research or TAR), Marketing Theory and Professional Development.

I. Methodology (TAR) coursework

The purpose of the sequence of research tool courses is to provide the student with the technical skills to write a dissertation and to conduct other high-quality, publishable research in the area of primary interest. 

All Marketing doctoral students must take the following six courses:

  • MAR 5625 – Marketing Research and Analytics
  • MAR 6665 – Seminar in Marketing Models
  • MAR 6636 – Multivariate Statistics 
  • MAN 6917 – Seminar in Research Design 
  • STA 5207 – Applied Regression Methods  
  • STA 5206 – Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments 

Please note: ECO 5416 Econometrics I and ECO 5423 Econometrics II may substitute for STA 5207 or STA 5206. This would allow students to take ECO 5427 Limited Dependent Variables and ECO 5428 Time Series in the first-year summer. Students could then take ECO 5424 Panel Data in the fall of the second year. Students can also substitute ECO 5420 for either STA option.

Elective Courses:

  • ECO 5114 – Applied Microeconomics I
  • ECO 5416 – Econometrics I
  • ECO 5420 – Applied Econometrics
  • ECO 5423 – Econometrics II
  • ECO 5424 – Econometric Methods for Panel Data
  • ECO 5427 – Limited Dependent Variable Models
  • ECO 5428 – Time Series Models
  • STA 5066 – Data Management with SAS
  • STA 5238 – Applied Logistic Regression
  • STA 5635 – Applied Machine Learning

II. Marketing Theory Requirements

The theory courses and seminars provide opportunities for in-depth study. The following five doctoral seminars and courses are required in Marketing:

  • ISM 6979  – Seminar in Philosophy of Science
  • MAR 6575 – Seminar in Consumer Behavior Theory
  • MAR 6817 – Seminar in Services Marketing
  • MAR 6828 – Seminar in Business-to-Business Marketing
  • MAR 6506 – Seminar in Consumer Behavior Methods

Elective Courses:

  • MAN 6275 – Organizational Behavior I
  • MAN 6306 – Seminar in Human Resource Management
  • MAN 6235 – Seminar in Organizational Theory
  • MAN 6795 – Seminar in Strategic Management: Selected Topics
  • MAN 6932 – Seminar in Strategic Management I: Literature

In consultation with the student's primary-area adviser, additional courses may also be selected.

III. Professional Development Requirements

The purpose of this sequence of courses is to prepare each individual for a career as a marketing academician. The course offerings are included below:

Required Courses:

  • MAR 6918 – DIS for Publication
  • MAR 6919 – Supervised Teaching
  • GEB 6904 – Readings for Examination

In addition to these courses, first- and second-year students will participate in a professional development series that will be an additional registered course in each semester of the first two years of the program.


Sample Course Sequence

 

Fall

Spring

Summer

Year 1

 

  • ISM 6979: Seminar in Philosophy of Sciencea
  • MAR 6575: Seminar in Consumer Behavior Theory
  • STA 5207: Applied Regression Methods1
  • GEB 6931: Professional Development
  • STA 5206: Analysis of Variance and Design of Experiments1
  • MAR 6506: Seminar in Consumer Behavior Methods
  • MAN 6817: Seminar in Services Marketing
  • GEB 6931: Professional Development
  • MAR 5625: Marketing Research and Analytics
  • DIS (3 hours)
  • DIS (3 hours)

Year 2           

  • MAR 6828: Seminar in Business-to-Business Marketinga
  • ECO, STA, or MAN Course2 or Support Area 1
  • GEB 6931: Professional Development
  • MAR 6665: Seminar in Marketing Models (SEM)a
  • MAR 6636: Multivariate Statistics
  • ECO, MAN or STA Course2 of Support Area 2
  • GEB 6931: Professional Development
  • GEB 6904: Readings for Examination (6 hours)
  • MAR 8964: Preliminary Examination (0 hours)
  • MAR 6919: Supervised Teaching (3 hours)

 

Year 3       

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation

Year 4
 

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation

Year 5

  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Defense

aMAR 6828 and MAR 6665 are offered in alternate years. Both first-year and second-year students take the classes together. In the other year, both groups take ISM 6979 and MAN 6917.

2Choices include:
STA 5066 Data Management and Analysis with SAS
STA 5238 Applied Logistic Regression
ECO 5114 Applied Microeconomics I
ECO 5416 Econometrics I
ECO 5420 Applied Econometrics
ECO 5424 Panel Data
MAN 6235 Seminar in Organizational Theory
MAN 6275 Organization Behavior I: Literature
MAN 6306 Seminar in Human Resources Management
MAN 6795 Seminar in Strategic Management
PSY 6919 Various course topics

  Application Process

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; GRE or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT preferred) 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 or GRE scores of at least 155 on each section of the revised GRE.


APPLICATION CHECKLIST

  • Login to admissions.fsu.edu/gradapp (applications will only be accepted through this portal)
  • Begin your application by logging in with your FSUID or clicking the link to register to get one
  • Complete your online application form
  • Include the names and contact information for at least 3 (required) references
    • This will generate automated email sent to your references by our system to request that they submit a recommendation for you and answer a series of standardized questions.
  • Submit your Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages)
  • Submit a current resume or C.V
  • Pay the nonrefundable $30 application fee
  • Request that each college or university you have attended submit an official transcript to FSU
    • Transcripts are considered official if they are sent directly to FSU (either through the U.S. mail or electronically) by your undergraduate or graduate institution. In some cases, an unofficial transcript may be used during the initial review process, however an official transcript must be submitted prior to admission.
  • Request that official GMAT or GRE scores (and TOEFL or IELTS, if applicable) be submitted to FSU 
    • Test scores will only be considered official if sent directly from the testing service. The code for ETS to send (GRE and TOEFL) scores to FSU is 5219. The code to send GMAT scores to FSU is PN8K567.
    • An English proficiency exam score (TOEFL or IELTS) must be submitted for international applicants whose native language is not English or who have not received a college degree from an institution where the instruction is primarily in English.
    • Have transcripts and test scores sent to graduateadmissions@fsu.edu or:
      Admissions Office 
      PO Box 3062400, 282 Champions Way 

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 admissions.fsu.edu/international  for information concerning financial responsibilities, degree equivalency, etc.

  Program Costs

Ph.D. students typically take 27-33 credit hours each year. Here are the estimated program costs for the 2018-2019 academic year:

  • Florida residents: $479.32 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimated program cost is $12,941.64 - $15,817.56 per year.
  • Non-Florida residents: $1,110.72 (tuition plus fees) per credit hour. Total estimated program cost is $29,989.44 - $36,653.76 per year.

Note: These costs do not include required books, supplies for courses, or required health insurance. Costs are subject to change. Fees above do not include some per-term flat fees for FSUCard and facilities use. For a breakdown of on-campus student fees and their explanations, visit the university’s Tuition Rates page.

      Residency Information

    The doctoral program is a full-time program that lasts four to five years. Students should plan to live in the Tallahassee area year-round, including summers. Our program is not set up for individuals who wish to take courses part time or online.

      Financial Assistance

    The College of Business provides Marketing Ph.D. students with a $30,000 stipend, which includes a $2,500 professional development budget. 

    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. Most doctoral students who request funding, who maintain a satisfactory level of academic and work performance, 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. Students who are not Florida residents should note that tuition waivers associated with assistantships only cover the out-of-state portion of their tuition for year one of the program. Out-of-state tuition waivers are generally not available for years two through five.

    Doctoral students receive financial assistance for up to five years provided they maintain a satisfactory level of academic and work performance. Doctoral students on assistantship are supported for four full years of academic support, contingent upon satisfactory performance in the program. Under certain conditions, students may qualify for a fifth year of support. Students who would like to request fifth year funding should notify their faculty advisor by the end of the second spring term in the program.


    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. Visit our graduate scholarships page to learn more.

    (Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all completed application materials before January 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
    • For more information on Florida State University's research and research funding, visit research.fsu.edu
    • For more information on Florida State University's graduate fellowships and awards, visit ogfa.fsu.edu



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