The Doctoral Program in Business complies with The GC Governance and The Graduate Center’s Student Handbook, and the Baruch College policies.
All matriculated PhD students receive all email correspondence via their Baruch College email account.
While the Program endeavors to offer as many of the courses as possible, not all courses are offered every semester. It is important to check with individual departments prior to scheduling classes to determine the availability of courses for any given semester.
|ACC 70700||38184||Ozbilgin||Current Accounting Theory and Problems||T, 12:00-2:00pm||13-254|
|CIS 84000||38187||Mohan||Systems Development||W, 10:00 am -12:00pm||13-254|
|CIS 84000||38188||Benbunan-Fich||Virtual Teams||T, 3:00-5:00pm||13-254|
|CIS 82200||38196||Lang||Research Methods II: Qualitative Research in Information Systems||F, 2:00-4:00pm||13-254|
|ECO 821000||38192||Zhou||Applied Econometric Theory||M, 10:00 am-12:00 pm||13-254|
|FIN 77000||38190||Tandon/Dahya||International Finance||M, 2-4pm||13-254|
|FIN 81000||38191||Hovakimian||Empirical Corporate Finance||W, 10:00 am-12:00 pm||10-210|
|MGT 88800||38185||Newbert||Special Topics in Management: The Theories of Entrepreneurial and Family Firms||R, 2:00 pm-4:00 pm||13-254|
|MGT 74300||38186||Vidal||Strategic Management||W, 2:00-4:00pm||13-254|
|MKT 88800||38193||Sen||Morality, Ethics and Consumer Behavior||R, 12pm-2pm||13-254|
|MKT 70100||38194||Block||Research Methods in marketing||T, 12:30-2:30pm||9-210|
|MKT 88500||38195||Block||Consumer Behavior||R, 2:15-4:15pm||12-223|
Course of Study
A minimum of 60 credit hours is required for all Ph.D. specializations. Students in all specializations are required to take the following foundation courses:
Philosophy of Science (BUS 8000)
Plus 9 credits of Statistics
In this program, a grade of B is considered the minimum acceptable grade in course work counting toward a degree.
In addition to the 12 credits of foundation requirements, each specialization requires its own set of courses. Further information on the specialization requirements may be obtained from the Executive Officer of the program.
Students, including those who have completed course work, are required to maintain registration in a doctoral seminar in their areas of specialization.
Time Allowed for Completion of Degree
A realistic expectation for completing the program with full-time enrollment is four to five years.
Time to degree completion is an important part of the integrity and quality of the doctoral program. In general, graduate students in the PhD Program in Business must complete all degree requirements within seven years after admission to their programs, if they enter with a relevant master’s degree, or in eight years, if they enter without a master’s.
An approved leave of absence of up to two semesters is not counted in the seven years. Returning Business program PhD students who are readmitted to the same graduate program for the same degree objective are subject to degree requirements at the time of readmission.
The First Examination
The First Examination must be taken before the completion of 45 credits. The examination consists of (1) a research paper or a written examination and (2) an oral examination conducted by three members of the faculty. After completing both the written and oral part of the First Exam, only a single grade (pass or fail) is assigned. The choice of paper versus examination varies by specialization. Students have two chances to pass the First Examination. Failing the examination twice results in dismissal from the doctoral program.
In the accountancy, finance, information systems, and marketing specialization areas the First Examination consists of a position paper. The student selects a committee of three faculty members, at least two of whom must be members of the doctoral faculty, who approve the student’s topic and offer guidance during the 90 day period in which the student completes the paper. Following submission of the paper, the student sits for an oral examination before the three faculty members. Possible evaluations are “Acceptable,” “Requires Revision” and “Unacceptable.” Required revisions must be submitted within 30 days to the examining committee faculty member designated to render final judgment. An Unacceptable evaluation requires the student to write and submit a new paper. It is important to note that the committee has no chair and all committee members have equal status. The student may confer with the committee regarding the choice of topic and basic strategy of the paper, but the student is expected to work alone on the paper because it functions as an examination and not as a dissertation proposal.
The management specialization requires a written examination. In this case, the First Examination is comparable to a traditional comprehensive examination. It consists of a written and oral examination administered once a year by the specialization coordinator. The coordinator solicits questions from faculty members who taught specialization courses to the students. Each faculty member who submits a question is expected to grade students’ answers to that question. The coordinator compiles the scores on individual questions and determines the outcome of the written examination for each student. Students, who pass the written examination, are given an oral examination by a committee whose membership is designated by the coordinator. Students who do not pass the written examination must take them again the following year.
The Second Examination
Students are eligible to sit for the comprehensive examination when they have completed their coursework. The coordinator and executive officer must sign off on the completion of coursework in order to ensure that all course requirements have been met.
Comprehensives are offered at least once a year in each area of specialization. The area coordinator administers the examination and collects questions from faculty members who have taught courses in the areas to be covered by the exam and assembles the exam. Faculty grade answers to their own questions. The coordinator combines individual grades to determine whether each student passes or fails. S/he then schedules oral examinations and assembles an examination committee for students who pass the written examination.
Students have two chances to pass the comprehensive examination. (Above information is adopted from the GC Student Handbook)
The Second Examination, conducted in the student’s area of specialization, is in two parts: (1) a written examination or a research paper and (2) an oral examination, conducted by three faculty members from the student’s area of specialization. The choice of research paper versus written examination varies by specialization. In specializations where the First Examination is a research paper, the Second Examination is a written examination. In both cases, the student has two opportunities to pass the Second Examination.
Committee membership: The dissertation committee must include at least three members.
Doctoral faculty requirements: The doctoral program in business requires that each dissertation committee include at least three members of the doctoral faculty.
Outside member requirements: One member of the committee must be from outside of the specialization. This member can be from another department within Baruch, from the Graduate Center, from another CUNY campus, or from an institution outside of CUNY. However, in cases where the outside person is not a CUNY doctoral faculty member the committee must include a doctoral faculty member as a fourth member.
Proposal Presentation: Students must make public presentations of their proposals. All members of the student’s dissertation committee must be present at this public presentation and must sign a form to that effect. Generally, the area coordinator schedules the proposal presentation at the advisor’s request and invites all students and faculty in the department.
In order to facilitate attendance by students and faculty, the public proposal presentation cannot be scheduled during the summer months.
A student must complete a dissertation consisting of original research. After passing the Second Examination, a student must make a public presentation of his or her dissertation proposal, and upon approval of the proposal, the student is advanced to candidacy. A faculty committee composed of a dissertation chair and at least two other members advises the student during the research and conducts an oral examination.
The student should notify the doctoral program office three weeks prior to the dissertation defense so that the office can, in turn, notify the Graduate Center. All dissertation defenses are to be open to the public, and they may be scheduled during the summer.
The defense can have one of four possible outcomes: pass, fail, major revisions, or minor revisions. The entire committee must review and sign off on major revisions whereas the advisor alone reviews minor revisions. (Above information is adopted from GC Student Handbook).
Any doctoral student who is making normal progress toward the Ph.D. degree is automatically eligible to receive an M.Phil degree upon advancement to candidacy. This occurs when all degree requirements except the dissertation and Final Examination have been met. Please note that the date of filing for the degree determines the date upon which the degree will be conferred. The M.Phil degree is awarded by The Graduate Center.
Each student is required to complete 60 credits of Graduate work. For students with a Masters degree transfer credits can be provided. For students who do not have a Masters degree and are unable to obtain transfer credits, selected MBA classes can be taken to earn an en-route MBA. To be eligible to receive an en-route MBA from Baruch College you need to have completed 45 credits in the program and completed the first examination. Some restrictions apply.
Indicate your intent to deposit for the February 2018 degree by January 12, 2018.
Deadline to complete deposit is January 29, 2018.
Schedule your defense at least five (5) business days prior to depositing to allow time for corrections and revisions.
A dissertation or thesis may be deposited anytime; deadlines below:
|For Degree||Enrollment Required||Deposit Required By|
|February 1, 2018||Preceding Fall term||January 29, 2018|
|May 30, 2018 (Commencement)||Spring term||April 30, 2018|
|September 30, 2017||Preceding Spring term||September 14, 2017|
Students should check with their programs about submission and approval deadlines that may be required in addition to the library deadlines above.