Entrepreneurship & Strategy Specialization

The David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah offers a program of study leading to a Ph.D. in the major field of Entrepreneurship & Strategy. The Strategy specialization offers exciting opportunities to pursue new research directions in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation and technology, and international management. Students also select least one supporting allied field that must be outside the Management Department. The Ph.D. program in Management is flexible, and each student’s program is designed according to his/her experience, interests, and career goals.

The Department of Management Ph.D. program is designed to provide opportunities for individuals to develop excellence in their primary and supporting areas of study as well as in the quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies through a set of seminars. The seminars are designed to provide the required training and education necessary to make contributions to published literature in the field; pedagogical excellence for advanced courses in a specialized area of management; and mastery of theory, research, methodology, and practice in one of the fields of management.

Doctoral students in the Management Department work closely with faculty members on research and teaching assignments throughout their program. Students will have an opportunity to be involved in faculty members’ research projects, as well as to develop projects of their own. All students will have the opportunity to teach at least one course in their major area of study.

Each student’s program of study is tailored to the student’s needs and interests. Students work with their department Ph.D. Committee or Supervisory Committee Chair to design their program of study. Below is an illustrative list of classes that might be used to compose a program of study.

A minimum of 15 major field, 9 allied field, and 15 research competency credit hours are required. Three credit hours in research must be a Philosophy of Science course. Students are also required to take an effective teaching course, which is held the week between spring and summer semesters of their first year. Once students have completed all the necessary requirements to advance to candidacy, they are then required to complete a minimum of 14 hours of thesis research.

To learn more about each course, read the course descriptions in the General Catalog and Class Schedules.

Typical Program of Study

  • MGT 7600: Seminar: Strategic Management Theory
  • MGT 7620: Seminar: Special Topics in Strategic Management
  • MGT 7800: Seminar: Research Foundations of Organizational Behavior
  • MGT 7820: Organizational Theory
  • MGT 7910: Grad Special Study: PhD
  • FINAN 7820: Econometrics I
  • FINAN 7825: Econometrics II
  • ACCTG 7130: Information Economics
  • ECON 7590: Econometrics
  • SOC 6965: Survey Methods
  • SOC 7130: Statistics II
  • SOC 7140: Longit Data Analysis
  • ACCTG 7130: Information Economics
  • FINAN 7800: Financial Economics
  • FINAN 7815: Foundation of Financial Economics
  • FINAN 7830: Empirical Asset Pricing
  • FINAN 7835: Asset Pricing
  • FINAN 7850: Empirical Research in Financial Management
  • FINAN 7890: Theoretical Research in Financial Markets
  • MKTG 7570: Public Policy Issues in Marketing
  • MKTG 7700: Strategic Marketing
  • MKTG 7740: Marketing Models I
  • MKTG 7740: Marketing Models II
  • MKTG 7800: Seminar on Consumer Judgment and Decisions Making
  • MKTG 7810: Consumer Behavior Research in Marketing
  • PSY 6500: Quantitative Methods I
  • PSY 6510: Quantitative Methods II
  • PSY 6550: Structural Modeling
  • PSY 6556: Special Topics in Statistics
  • STAT 6969: Special Topics in Statistics
  • ED PSY 7010: Quantitative Methods I
  • ED PSY 7020: Quantitative Methods II
  • MGT 7100: Research Design
  • MGT 7200: Cross-Discipline Seminar
  • MGT 7300: Effective Teaching

There are no formal education requirements other than a bachelor’s degree. Specifically, an MBA or Master of Accountancy is not required.

We seek applicants who have strong interests in pursuing academic careers and have the skills necessary to successfully complete the program and conduct accounting research. Ideal candidates are motivated, are naturally curious, understand accounting and its role in business and the economy, and have strong quantitative skills (e.g., mathematics and statistics), data analysis skills (e.g., computer programming or statistical programming), and written and verbal communication skills. Additional coursework can be provided to compensate for a lack of quantitative background in cases where the faculty believe an applicant’s other qualifications are exceptional.

We admit students once per year, and applications are due by December 31.

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