Doctoral Program Coursework

The student's faculty advisor will help develop a program that will typically involves two types of activities:

  • Advanced level seminars and course work through the Department of Management and Organizations and other UA departments
  • Independent study and supervised research with individual faculty members

Courses for the First Two Years

The following courses are required for all Management and Organizations students:

  • Two courses in statistics: Univariate and Multivariate Analyses (MGMT 582C and D)
  • Two courses in research methodology: MGMT 600 is focused on experiments and MGMT 554 is focused on surveys and field studies
  • Two courses covering Organizational Behavior (MGMT 580A) and Organizational Theory (MGMT 580B)
  • Seminar in Judgment and Decision Making (MGMT 696D)
  • Seminar in Human Resource Management (MGMT 696H)
  • Three courses in any of the following seminars (but more may be taken on an elective basis):
    • Management and Organizations 696: Ph.D. Seminars offered at least once every 3 years in specific areas of organizational behavior such as Gender Issues, Organizational Justice, Negotiation and Conflict Management, Social Network Analysis, Teams
  • Minor courses in outside departments

Courses for the Third Year

The following courses are required for all Management and Organizations students:

  • Additional Course in Methodology outside Management and Organizations
  • Additional Seminar (MGMT 696)
  • The remaining courses outside of Management and Organizations required to complete the minor

Note: Courses must be chosen in consultation with and be approved by the Graduate Advisor. With approval, Ph.D. students may substitute previously taken courses.

Example Recommended Schedule

1st Year

1st Semester
  • MGMT 580A Theory of Management and Organization (required)
  • MGMT 582C Univariate Analysis in Management: Linear Statistical Models (or appropriate alternative, required)
  • MGMT 600 Behavioral Science Theory and Method (required)
2nd Semester
  • MGMT 696D Judgment and Decision Making (required)
  • MGMT 582D Multivariate Analysis in Management: Applied Multivariate Statistical Analyses (or appropriate alternative, required)
  • MGMT 696 Management and Organizations Department Seminar (required)
     
  • Select faculty research advisor for summer project, plan project, and gather initial data set
Summer
  • Finish majority of summer project (data collection, analyses, and first draft of paper)
  • Work on research projects
  • Possibly teach 1-2 summer courses for experience and additional pay (the decision about who teaches summer courses depends on student interest and course availability)

2nd Year

1st Semester
  • MGMT 580B Theory of Management and Organization (required)
  • MGMT 554 Research Methodology (required)
  • Outside Minor Course (required for minor)
     
  • Turn in approved final draft of summer research project and present project in Management and Organizations department colloquium
2nd Semester
  • Management and Organizations 696H Human Resource Management (required)
  • Management and Organizations 696 Management and Organizations Department Ph.D. Seminar (required)
  • Outside Minor Course (required for minor)
Summer
  • Continue working on research projects
  • Possibly teach 1-2 summer courses

3rd Year

1st Semester
  • Management and Organizations 696 Management and Organizations Department Ph.D. Seminar (required)
  • Additional Methods Course outside Management and Organizations* (required, or take in Spring)
  • Outside Minor Course (required for minor)
2nd Semester
  • Management and Organizations 696 Management and Organizations Department Ph.D. Seminar (elective)
  • Outside Minor Course (required for minor)
Summer
  • Pass major written exams; oral exams to be taken within 6 months following written exams
  • Continue working on research projects with a focus on dissertation-related research; plan dissertation proposal defense
  • Possibly teach 1-2 summer courses

* The additional methods course would be chosen in consultation with the Ph.D. program advisor. The methods course requirements are flexible. Students may substitute previously taken methods courses.

4th Year

Some students elect to reduce their program to a total of 4 years. In this case, they would progress directly to the "5th Year" plan shown below.

Spring and Fall Semesters
  • Continue working on research projects, focusing on the dissertation
  • Possibly take a Management and Organizations Department Ph.D. Seminar
Summer
  • Continue working on research projects, focusing on the dissertation
  • Possibly teach 1-2 summer courses

5th Year

1st Semester
  • 9 units Dissertation credit
  • Should have made significant progress on dissertation in terms of theory, data collection, and analyses
  • Job application process begins
Summer
  • 9 units Dissertation credit
  • Working on final draft of dissertation to be completed by the end of the semester or early summer at the latest
  • Job interviewing and selection
  • Defend thesis