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Students must complete a minimum total of 60 credits in order to earn a PhD degree in Business Administration. This includes 15 hours of “core” courses, 33 hours of “concentration” courses and 12 hours of dissertation research. 

To this total must be added any prerequisite courses (as outlined above), with transfer credit being subtracted.

Required "Core" Courses

There are two streams of “core” courses for students, each comprising five courses.

Required “core” courses can be waived by consent of the appropriate department by issuing transfer credit for similar courses taken at the advanced graduate level at accredited institutions.

Stream I: (Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management Science, Marketing-Quantitative, and Operations Management)

ECO 602  Advanced Microeconomics Theory 3 Credits
ECO 601  Graduate Macroeconomics Theory 3 Credits
ECO 600  Econometrics 3 Credits
ECO 620  Econometrics II 3 Credits
ECO 612  Advanced Microeconomic Theory 3 Credits

Stream II: (Marketing-Consumer Behavior, Organizational Behavior, Strategy/International Business)

  PSY 631  Psych Statistics I 3 Credits
  PSY 632  Psych Statistics II 3 Credits
  SOC 610  Research Methods 3 Credits
  PSY 625  Social Psychology 3 Credits
  and, any one of the following two courses: 
  SOC 616  Small Group Theory 3 Credits
  ECO 602  Advanced Microeconomics Theory 3 Credits


Area of Concentration Courses

The student and faculty will decide together on courses in the area of concentration. 

In total, a minimum of 33 credits in concentration courses are to be taken, up to 15 of which may be satisfied by transfer credit (with the approval of the department and the Graduate School). Some departments may require students to complete a minor field. If so, the students must take a minimum of 24 credit hours in the major (with at least 15 hours completed in doctoral program residence at the University of Miami). Students would then take 9-12 hours in the minor field, in an area outside of the major concentration (with a minimum of 9 hours taken in doctoral program residency at the University of Miami).


Dissertation Research

12 credits are to be taken at a minimum — two semesters of 6-9 hours each. No transfer credit is given for dissertation or prior research.

Required Prerequisite Couress

The following must be completed prior to admission or in the summer prior to commencing doctoral studies:

One year of college calculus, one course in linear algebra and one introductory statistics course

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