Last Updated 2016-05-25
Business Administration PhD
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Upon admission to the College of Business Administration PhD program, the student will be assigned an advisory committee that will assist the student in setting up an individualized plan of study. The objective of the advisory committee is to help students understand the process of completing a graduate education at UCF, provide information on resources that will help them develop academically and professionally, and to define all expectations required to complete the degree program. This handbook also serves as a reference tool to guide graduate students through their graduate program and help students stay on track for degree completion. If you have questions that are not answered in this handbook, consult your Doctoral Program Coordinator or your Academic Advisor.
Upon admission to the Business Administration PhD program, the student will be assigned an advisory committee that will assist the student in setting up an individualized plan of study.
Students officially enter candidacy and are eligible to enroll in dissertation hours (ACG7980) when the following has been accomplished:
- Completion of all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion of the comprehensive candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty scholars.
- Submittal of an approved plan of study.
The final defense of the disseration will also require an oral examination.
CurriculumThe Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program requires 84 credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Students must meet prerequisite requirements of 30 credit hours, and then complete 18 credit hours of accounting core courses, 12 credit hours of research methods/tools courses, 9 credit hours of electives, and 15 credit hours of dissertation.
Prerequisites—Foundation Body of Knowledge—30 Credit Hours
In the Accounting track of the Business Administration PhD program, the
foundation body of knowledge may be satisfied with a master’s degree in
Accounting, Business Administration, Taxation or its equivalent from an
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited school
that includes certain accounting courses deemed essential by the Accounting PhD
director. Alternatively, this requirement may be satisfied by courses approved
by the School of Accounting’s doctoral advisory committee.
Courses—30 Credit Hours
Accounting Core—18 Credit Hours
- ACG 7157 Seminar in Archival Research in Accounting (3 credit
- ACG 7399 Seminar in Behavioral Accounting Research (3 credit
- ACG 7826 Seminar in the Social and Organizational Context of
Accounting (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7885 Research Foundations in
Accounting (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7887 Accounting Research Forum (6
credit hours) (Workshop, 1 credit hour per semester)
Methods/Tools—12 Credit Hours
The research tools requirement is
intended to ensure a thorough exposure to research methods. All candidates are
expected to demonstrate knowledge of statistical methods as well as usage of
statistical packages, including design, analysis, and interpretation of
- ECO 7423 Applied Models I (3 credit hours, required
- Additional 9 credit hours of research tools courses approved
by the student’s advisory committee. Examples of courses that will satisfy this
requirement include ACG 7837, GEB 7910, STA 5205, PSY 6216C, PSY 6308C, PSY
7218C, ECO 6424, and ISM 7029.
Elective Courses—9 Credit
Restricted—3 Credit Hours
Choose one of the following
- ACG 7888 Seminar in Critical
Accounting and AIS (3 credit hours)
- ACG 7917 Advanced Research Methods
in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems Research (3 credit hours)
- Other accounting electives as they are developed for the program
Unrestricted—6 Credit Hours
Students must take 6 credit hours in a
minor/support area. Students must select a minimum of six credit hours in a
unified area approved by the student’s doctoral study advisory committee. Each
student’s program of study is individually tailored to accommodate interests
whenever possible. This course work may be developed from offerings in the
following areas with the advice and consent of the respective departments and
the advisory committee:
- Political Science
- Public Affairs
Dissertation—15 Credit Hours
7980 Dissertation (15 credit hours minimum)
Students must complete a comprehensive candidacy examination
that includes written and oral portions. Students must defend a written
dissertation proposal in an oral examination conducted by the student’s
advisory/dissertation committee. The final defense of the dissertation will
also require an oral examination.
Students officially enter candidacy
when the following has been accomplished:
- Completion of
all course work, except for dissertation hours.
- Successful completion
of the comprehensive candidacy examination.
- Successful defense of the
written dissertation proposal.
- The dissertation advisory committee is
formed, consisting of approved graduate faculty and graduate faculty
- Submittal of an approved program of study.
The requirements for the teaching component of
the degree will be developed with the doctoral program director based on the
student’s experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through
teaching a minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct
supervision of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required
to attend teaching development workshops and seminars.
Timeline for Completion
Most students will complete their coursework with full-time enrollment (required) in the first two years of the program. Summer courses usually consist of research hours, comprehensive or candidacy exams.
Students are admitted to candidacy after satisfying all general degree requirement coursework and passing the comprehensive exam. After admission to candidacy, the student will be continuously enrolled full-time in dissertation hours (including summer) for the remainder of their program, up to a total of four years with support by the College.
A fifth year of support may be available to those students who have defended their dissertation proposal and are making significant progress toward their final defense. The program must be completed in seven years.
After the completion of all required coursework, students must successfully complete a comprehensive candidacy exam that includes both written and oral portions. A student will be allowed to retake the exam one time. Past exams may be available to students for preparation purposes; check with your advisor in a timely manner for these resources to be helpful to you and for an explanation of how exams are graded.
Note: Students must have the candidacy and dissertation advisory committee documentation received and processed by the College of Graduate Studies prior to the first day of classes for the term in order to enroll in dissertation hours for that term.
Dissertation Proposal Examination
After the student passes the candidacy exam, they are eligible to defend a written dissertation proposal in an oral examination before their dissertation committee.
Dissertation Defense Examination
The final defense of the successful dissertation will require an oral examination that concentrates on, but is not limited to, the student’s dissertation defense.
SPEAK Exam (for international students only)
Students who are non-native speakers of English and do not have a degree from a U.S. institution must pass the SPEAK test before they will be permitted to teach as Graduate Teaching Associates (position code 9183) or Graduate Teaching Assistants (position code 9184). The SPEAK test is not required for students who will be appointed as a Graduate Teaching Grader (position code 9187). Additional information including how to register for the test can be accessed through the GTA Information section of the College of Graduate Studies website.
Program Guidelines on Dissertation Research
A dissertation is required of all PhD students. Dissertation students are encouraged to be proactive throughout the research process. Effective planning, awareness and use of resources and communication with dissertation committee and other faculty and staff can greatly enhance the dissertation experience and document.
Dissertation Defense Exam: An oral presentation and defense of the final dissertation before the student’s advisory committee must be satisfactorily completed before graduation from the PhD program can occur.
University Dissertation Requirements
The College of Graduate Studies Thesis and Dissertation page contains information on the university’s requirements for thesis formatting, format review, defenses, final submission, and more. A step-by-step completion guide is also available at Completing Your Thesis or Dissertation.
All university deadlines are listed in the Academic Calendar. Your program or college may have other earlier deadlines; please check with your program and college staff for additional deadlines.
The following requirements must be met by thesis students in their final term:
- Submit a properly formatted file for initial format review by the format review deadline
- Submit the Thesis and Dissertation Release Option form well before the defense
- Defend by the defense deadline
- Receive format approval (if not granted upon initial review)
- Submit signed approval form by final submission deadline
- Submit final thesis document by final submission deadline
Students must format their thesis according to the standards outlined at Formatting the ETD. Formatting questions or issues can be submitted to the Format Help page in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. Format reviews and final submission must be completed in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site. The Thesis Approval Form is also available in the Thesis and Dissertation Services site.
The College of Graduate Studies offers several thesis and dissertation Workshops each term. Students are highly encouraged to attend these workshops early in the thesis process to fully understand the above policies and procedures.
The College of Graduate Studies thesis and dissertation office is best reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The requirements for the teaching component of the degree will be developed with the doctoral program director based on the student’s experience. Normally, this requirement will be satisfied through teaching a minimum of three credit hours of class instruction under the direct supervision of a faculty member. As appropriate, students will also be required to attend teaching development workshops and seminars.
Consult with program advisor for further guidance.
UCF has three fundamental responsibilities with regard to graduate student research. They are to (1) support an academic environment that stimulates the spirit of inquiry, (2) develop the intellectual property stemming from research, and (3) disseminate the intellectual property to the general public. Students are responsible for being informed of rules, regulations and policies pertaining to research. Below are some general policies and resources.
Research Policies and Ethics Information: UCF's Office of Research & Commercialization ensures the UCF community complies with local, state and federal regulations that relate to research. For polices including required Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval when conducting research involving human subjects (e.g. surveys), animal research, conflict of interest and general responsible conduct of research, please see the website: www.research.ucf.edu > Compliance.
UCF’s Patent and Invention Policy: In most cases, UCF owns the intellectual property developed using university resources. The graduate student as inventor will according to this policy share in the proceeds of the invention. Please see the current UCF Graduate Catalog for details: www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Policies > General Graduate Policies.
Financial support comes from both the College of Business Administration and the College of Graduate Studies.
For information regarding financial support specifically for graduate students in the business discipline visit the College of Business website.
Graduate Teaching Assistants
The current financial package for a GTA is a nine-month employment contract from the College of Business for $20,000 and a college-optional assistantship agreement for summer ($3,000- $5,000). In addition, the student receives full tuition remission from the College of Graduate Studies (but is responsible for local fees) and individual health insurance. The student is supported for four years (with a fifth year option for those students who have defended their dissertation proposal and are making significant progress toward their degree). For assuring timely receipt of financial support, be sure to sign assistantship agreements at least one month before Fall (or Summer) courses begin and register early for classes in time to process tuition remission.
International students who are required to take the SPEAK exam must successfully pass the exam before they can have any student contact, and to be able to remain a PhD degree-seeking student.
Other important financial websites:
www.graduatecatalog.ucf.edu > Financial Information
www.intl.ucf.eduEmployment and Taxation
Graduate Student Associations
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is UCF's graduate organization committed to enrich graduate students' personal, educational and professional experience. To learn more or get involved, please visit www.gsa.ucf.edu. For individual department or graduate program organizations, please see program advisor.
For a list of student organizations associated with the College of Business Administration visit the Student Organizations webpage.
A graduate student’s professional development goes beyond completing course work, passing exams, conducting research for dissertation, and meeting degree requirements. Professional development also involves developing the academic and non-academic skills needed to become successful in the field of choice.
Professional development is gained through the close mentorships developed with faculty during the course of the program. In addition, faculty and administration regularly provide development events such as guest speakers, research talks, and practice interview sessions. It is essential that all PhD students attend these events. The faculty contributing to the PhD program both expect and require full participation from all students.
Students are highly encouraged to submit research manuscripts for publication in conference proceedings. Presenting papers at these conferences is an integral means by which students are acculturated into their discipline. Funding can be requested through the department or the College of Graduate Studies.
GTA Training and Preparing Tomorrow's Faculty Program, sponsored by Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning: www.fctl.ucf.edu/index.php.
Career Services: www.career.ucf.edu/Default.aspx.
Experiential Learning: www.coop.ucf.edu/?go=overview.
Pathways to Success Workshops
Coordinated by the College of Graduate Studies, the Pathways to Success program offers the following free development opportunities for graduate students including workshops in Academic Integrity, Graduate Grantsmanship, Graduate Teaching, Personal Development, Professional Development, and Research. For more information and how to register, please visit www.students.graduate.ucf.edu/pathways/.
Graduate Research Forum
The Research Forum will feature poster displays representing UCF’s diverse colleges and disciplines.
The Research Forum is an opportunity for students to showcase their research and creative projects and to receive valuable feedback from faculty judges. Awards for best poster presentation in each category will be given and all participants will receive recognition.
The College of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Student Association invite all UCF students, community, and employers to attend the Graduate Research Forum. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Graduate Excellence Awards
Each year, the College of Graduate Studies offers graduate students who strive for academic and professional excellence the opportunity to be recognized for their work. The award categories include the following:
Award for Excellence by a Graduate Teaching Assistant
Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching
Award for the Outstanding Dissertation
For the nomination process and eligibility criteria, see www.graduate.ucf.edu/GradAwards.
Students should take opportunities to present a poster or a topic of research at a conference. To obtain financial support to present at a conference (other than through your program) or to engage in comparable creative activity at a professional meeting, visit the Graduate Travel Fellowship section at www.graduate.ucf.edu.
For information about the Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS) thesis and dissertation awards, see their website: www.csgs.org > Awards.
For grant-proposal writing resources: uwc.cah.ucf.edu
UCF’s Career Services department offers a wide range of programs and services designed to assist graduate students. These services include evaluation and exploration of career goals, preparation for the job search and job search resources. To learn more, visit their website at www.career.ucf.edu.
The Office of Professional Development at the College of Business offers career management, internship and job placement for graduate business students. For information visit business.ucf.edu/centers-institutes/office-of-professional-development/.