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School of Business & Management

Course Work

Elements of Business Operations

Each student is required to demonstrate mastery of the major elements of business administration prior to taking doctoral seminars. The elements cover such functional areas as accounting, finance, organizational behavior, marketing, information systems, general and operations management. They are designed to give students a broad knowledge of business operations. The following School of Business & Management (SBM) courses address these areas:

INSS 586 Quantitative Analysis
ECON 513 Statistical Analysis
MKTG 567 Marketing Management
BUAD 521 Administrative Theory
BUAD 540 Operations Management
INSS 587 Management Information Technology
ACCT 500 Accounting for Decision Making
FIN 520 Financial Management
ECON 501 Micro and Macro Economics

Every student must satisfy these 3-credit prerequisites prior to beginning formal doctoral study. Each course requirement can be satisfied in one of 3 ways:

  • By taking and passing an equivalent course to SBM courses from an AACSB-accredited institution with a grade of at least B, a maximum of five years prior to admission;
  • Possession of an undergraduate major in the subject area;
  • Passing a proficiency examination administered by the relevant department with a grade of at least B.

Note: Higher-level courses may also be required depending on area of specialization.

Foundation (21 Credits)

The Foundation is common to all students and is designed to provide students with an understanding of the philosophy and tools of scientific inquiry. Emphasis is placed on developing students' research skills. Particular attention is placed on quantitative and qualitative methods involved in research processes. All foundation courses must be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The specific courses will be partly discipline-specific, but all students must take and pass the following as part of their foundation:

BUAD 701 Applied Statistics I
BUAD 702 Foundations of Scientific Research
BUAD 703 Measurement Theory and Method
BUAD 705 Applied Statistics II

Other Foundation Courses*
ACCTG 705 I ntroduction to Accounting Research
BUAD 704 Qualitative Research Methods
FIN 820 Microeconomic Theory
FIN 821 Macroeconomic Analysis
MGMT 860 Seminar in Organizational Behavior
MGMT 861 Seminar in Organization Theory
MKTG 883 Multivariate Analysis Techniques

*Three of these courses are chosen by students with the approval of their advisors.

Area of Specialization (18 Credits)

Each area has a separate set of requirements including research skills and methodology courses. Students choose specific courses with the approval of their advisors. Morgan offers specializations in accounting, finance, information systems, management, and marketing. The goal of specialization is to give students a firm grounding in a functional area of business. This area reflects the student's chosen area of theoretical and intellectual interest.

Courses are designed to develop knowledge and analytical capabilities to contribute to intellectual developments in the field. Following is a list of course offerings:

Courses are designed to develop knowledge and analytical capabilities to contribute to intellectual developments in the field.

ACCT 800 Financial Accounting Seminar
ACCT 801 Managerial Accounting Seminar
ACCT 802 Taxation Seminar
ACCT 803 Auditing Seminar
ACCT 804 Accounting Information Systems Seminar
ACCT 805 Accounting Research Seminar I
ACCT 806 Seminar in Selected Accounting Topics
ACCT 807 Accounting Research Seminar II

FIN 822 Theory of Corporate Finance
FIN 823 Seminar in Investment Analysis
FIN 824 Financial Economics
FIN 825 Applied Econometric Methods
FIN 826 Empirical Research in Finance
FIN 830 Derivatives Markets
FIN 831 International Finance Seminar

Information Systems
INSS 840 Foundation in Information Systems
INSS 841 Information Systems Strategy
INSS 842 Information Systems Seminar I
INSS 843 Information Systems Seminar II
INSS 850 Dynamics of Information Systems in Organizations
INSS 851 Knowledge-Based Information Systems
INSS 852 Enterprise-Wide Infrastructure
INSS 853 Management Databases

MGMT 870 Seminar in Human Resource Management
MGMT 871 Seminar in Business & Society
MGMT 872 Seminar in Strategic Management
MGMT 873 Comparative Management Systems
MGMT 874 International Business Seminar
MGMT 875 Special Topics in Management
MGMT 876 Research Implementation
MGMT 877 Entrepreneurship Seminar

MKTG 880 Foundations of Marketing
MKTG 881 Consumer and Organizational Buying Behavior
MKTG 882 Seminar in Strategy and Global Marketing
MKTG 884 Research Implementation
MKTG 890 Social Issues and Public Policy in Marketing
MKTG 891 Special Topics in Marketing

Minor Field (9 Credits)

The purpose of the minor field is to prepare students to be effective teachers at the university level. It is also designed to give them skills in case research, writing and presentation. Recognizing the importance of teaching skills in career development, the courses are designed to guide students in understanding relevant issues associated with teaching college students. Emphasis is therefore placed on developing pedagogical skills and knowledge of psychological and other bases of learning. These are the courses that are offered:

BUAD 711 Instructional Methods in Business
BUAD 712 Case Research and Teaching
BUAD 713 Teaching Practicum

Dissertation (12 Credits)

The final stage of the Doctoral Program requires a student to write and defend a dissertation. A dissertation must address a major research issue. It is expected to result in a significant contribution to the received body of knowledge in the field of study. Students work under the guidance of a dissertation committee and as part of their preparation enroll in 6 credits of dissertation seminar. The seminar is designed to guide students in their development of a proposal, proposal defense, research implementation, and dissertation defense.

After completing six credits of dissertation seminars, a student presents a dissertation proposal to an advisory committee. The committee consists of a four or five member dissertation committee. Members of the Dissertation Committee are selected by the student but must meet the following requirements:

The Chairperson must be from the major area.
One member must be from the major area, excluding the chairperson.
At least one other member must be from outside the area of specialization. The Advisory Committee must certify to the Doctoral Office that there is justification for a formal review before a proposal defense is scheduled.

Course Offerings for the Dissertation
BUAD 997 Dissertation Guidance
BUAD 998 Dissertation Seminar