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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017


Business Administration/PhD (BUD)
with a Concentration in Accounting (ACC)

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
CIP Code: 52.0201
College of Business Administration (BA)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 90
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Masters Degree): 58

Contact Information:
College of Business Administration
Business Administration Department (MBA)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue BSN3403
Tampa FL  22630

Program Director or Coordinator:
Jackie Reck
Phone: 813-974-6721
Email: jreck@usf.edu

Website: http://business.usf.edu/


Faculty Search: Business Administration Faculty List


Program Information

The Ph.D. program offered by the Muma College of Business provides its graduates with preparation for careers as college and university professors and as research and staff personnel in industry and government. The doctoral program provides for intellectual growth as students work closely with faculty in seminars, research projects, and other assignments which develop their teaching and research skills. The curriculum offers breadth of understanding of the integral components of business administration as well as depth of field specialization sufficient to permit the student to make a meaningful contribution to their discipline. The program is sufficiently flexible to allow each student to build upon his or her strengths and to accommodate students with various levels of preparation in a wide variety of fields, and in areas outside the college. However, the degree conferred is Ph.D. in Business with a concentration in one of the departmental areas.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: January 2
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 2
Spring: ---
Summer: ---

Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Competitive based on GPA, GMAT or GRE
  • personal statement
  • recommendations
  • interview
  • International applicants from non English-speaking countries must also have a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written version, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test or a 79 on the internet-based test.
 

Admissions Status: Apply (Direct Receipt)

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Program Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree is required. This includes 21 hours of dissertation. A minimum of 45 hours of coursework must be completed at the University of South Florida.

Foundation Courses
These courses are designed to develop an appreciation of the institution of business and to help students see how their areas of specialization fit into this general picture. With the approval of the student's program committee, a student may satisfy these requirements in any of the following ways:

  • By completing an undergraduate degree in business at an AACSB accredited institution, with an average of “B” or better in the last 60 hours, no more than 5 years prior to admission to the Ph.D. program.
  • By completing an M.B.A. degree at an AACSB accredited institution, no more than 5 years prior to admission to the Ph.D. program
  • By completing one approved course with a grade of “B” or better in each of the functional areas: Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, and Marketing. All graduate-level courses at the 6000 level or above, with the exception of specific“tool” courses (e.g. statistics), will count toward this requirement.
  • By successfully petitioning the doctoral Program Committee to accept previous academic work (e.g., specialized Masters programs in business, degrees granted more than 5 years ago, etc.) in fulfillment of all or part of this requirement. Such a petition must be initiated during the first semester of the program.

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

12

The core courses are designed to provide a strong background in Economics and to develop the student's quantitative and statistical research skills. These courses are required of all students in the program. The College will waive a course only if the student has passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of “B” or better within the preceding five years.

The Economics requirement can be met by completing two graduate level economics courses that have been approved by the student's program committee.

Students are required to take a one credit hour research skills course, QMB 7555, Research and Writing Wkills for Doctoral students, in the first semester of the Program. Following this introductory course, the quantitative and statistical coursework is to be determined by the student's program committee in consultation with the student. A three course series is required. An appropriate sequence should be chosen from the following:

ECO6424
ECO6425
ECO7426
ECO7427
QMB6375
QMB7565
QMB7566

Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Econometrics III
Econometrics IV
Applied Linear Statistical Models
Introduction to Research Methods
Applied Multivariate Statistical Methods

3
3
3
3
3
3
3

Any substitution of appropriate mathematics, statistical and quantitative coursework must be approved by the Doctoral Program Committee, preferably at the time of acceptance, or definitely before the student takes a substitute course. In addition, students are required to take an additional research elective approved by their advisory committee. Should a student earn a grade of “C” or lower in the core courses, the case will be brought before the Doctoral Program Committee for review. After reviewing the case, the Committee will take one of the following steps:

  • Require the student to pass an examination that covers the material relevant to the subject. A student who fails the exam on the first attempt may retake it within one year. A student who fails the exam on the second attempt will be subject to dismissal.
  • Require the student to retake the course. If the student retakes the course and fails to receive a grade of “B” or better, the student is subject to dismissal.
 

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

Available concentrations:

Accounting
Finance
Information Systems
Marketing


Concentration Field
All students will take at least five (5) courses at the 6000 or 7000 level in an area designated as the student's Concentration . Students are encouraged to identify courses in the concentration field that will provide experience in applying current research techniques to problems in that field. To accomplish this, the student may propose a combination of formal classroom courses and independent directed-research courses. This combination may include a year-long research seminar in which the groundwork is laid for the student's dissertation. The specific agenda of courses will be determined by the student's program committee. The following fields are offered: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management (inactive) and Marketing. Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core sections may not be counted as part of the hours required for a concentration field.

Support Field
The support area will consist of a minimum of three courses (9 hours) from one or more of the fields listed under the concentration field, or elsewhere in the university. The support field and the concentration field cannot be taken in the same department. Courses within the support field can be selected to complement the concentration field and in special cases may include courses outside the Muma College of Business. The nature and number of the support area courses will be determined by the Student's Program Committee in consultation with the Ph.D. coordinator of the support field department. Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core courses may not be counted as part of the 9 hours required for support fields


Accounting

The Accounting concentration emphasizes:

  • The mastery of one or more specialized areas of accounting, such as accounting information systems, auditing, or financial accounting
  • The development of requisite skills to engage in respected applied, practical and scholarly research
  • The development of effective teaching skills

The concentration requires meeting the Muma College of Business foundation course requirements and completing 41 hours of coursework. The 41 hours of coursework include:

  • 17 credit hours of core requirements related to economics and research methods
  • 15 credit hours of accounting courses
  • 9 credit hours in a support field

Finance

In addition to the required core and foundation courses, the curriculum will normally include the following courses:

FIN6804
FIN7808
FIN7817
FIN7930
FIN7935

Theory of Finance
Advanced Micro Finance
Financial Markets
Selected Topics in Finance (2 semesters, 6 credits)
Finance Research Seminar

3
3
3
3
3

Courses taken as part of the Foundation or Core sections may not be counted as part of the hours required for the concentration.


Support Field (9 hours)
Those who elect Finance as a support field will establish their support field curriculum in consultation with their major advisors and a representative from the Finance department. Normally, a support field in Finance would require the following three courses:

FIN6804
FIN7817
FIN7808

Public Finance
Public Sector Economics
Advanced Micro Finance

3
3
3

Comprehensive Qualifying Examination
Upon completion of all coursework, students must pass a comprehensive written examination. The student's performance on this exam should reflect familiarity with the literature, current issues and problems related to these fields. A student who fails the field exam may retake it within one year. A second failure disqualifies the student from continuing in the Ph.D. program. If the degree is not conferred within 5 calendar years of the comprehensive qualifying examination, a second and different examination must be taken. Students passing the comprehensive qualifying examination are eligible for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. program.

Residency Requirements
Ph.D. students in the College are required to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours per calendar year. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student being placed on conditional status.


Information Systems

ISM6124
ISM6218
ISM6225
ISM6930
ISM7910
ISM7911
ISM7912
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Advanced Systems Analysis and Design*
Advanced Databases Management*
Distributed Information Systems*
Computational Methods in Business
MIS Research Seminar I
Seminar in Technical IS Research
Seminar in MIS Organizational Research
One additional ISM course at the 6000 level or higher.**

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
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*Note: This requirement can be waived if a student has taken these or equivalent graduate courses in a prior program and earned a B or higher.Waiver requests for any of the courses listed above should include a copy of the course syllabus and should be submitted to the department's Ph.D. Coordinator.

**Note: Any of the three courses taken to satisfy the foundational course requirement in Information Systems can also satisfy this requirement.


Support Field (9 hours)

Students take 3 graduate courses outside of the concentration area. Courses may be taken outside of the Muma College of Business, but should complement the concentration subject area.

Comprehensive Qualifying Exam:
Upon completion of all coursework, students must pass a comprehensive examination in the concentration area. The student's performance on this exam should reflect familiarity with the literature, current issues, and problems related to these fields.

There are two parts to the comprehensive examinations following the completion of coursework:

  • A written examination and
  • An oral presentation and successful defense of the student's “second year research paper.”

Students will be considered to have passed the comprehensive exam if they pass the written exam and successfully present and defend the “second year research paper.”


Marketing

Students will be required to successfully complete a minimum of 6 doctoral-level Marketing seminars. Typically, one doctoral seminar will be offered in the Fall semester and two seminars will be offered in the Spring semester. The six required courses may be selected from the following list:

MAR7555
MAR7635
MAR7667
MAR7787
MAR7910
MAR7930
MAR7931
 
 
 
 
 
 

Marketing Models and Strategy Applications
Advanced Marketing Research: Design and Technique
Marketing Models and Strategy Applications
Marketing Theory and History
Independent Study in Marketing (S/U only)
Advanced Seminar in Marketing
Seminar in Selected Marketing Topics including:
  - Buyer-Seller Interaction
  - Marketing Channels, Logistics and Supply Chain Management
  - Marketing Management
  - Marketing Strategy
  - Readings in Marketing
  - Sales Management

3
3
3
3
3
3
3
 
 
 
 
 
 

In addition, students will complete a “Proseminar” every Fall semester of the first year of the program.
Note: The Professional Seminar does not count as one of the six required Ph. D. seminars.

Comprehensive Qualifying Examinations
Upon completion of all coursework, students must pass the equivalent of a comprehensive examination in the concentration area. The student's performance on these "exams" should reflect familiarity with the literature, as well as with current issues and problems related to these fields. A student who fails either of the exams may retake it within one year. A second failure disqualifies the student from continuing the Ph.D. program. If the degree is not conferred within 5 calendar years of the comprehensive qualifying examination, a second and different examination must be taken. Students passing the qualifying examinations are eligible for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. program.

The decision to administer a separate comprehensive exam for a support area will be made by the department in which the support area is taken. In the event that an interdisciplinary support area is selected, any department represented by six (6) or more semester hours may require a qualifying examination. In the event that no single department represents six semester hours or more, the student's program committee will solicit input from the faculty teaching the courses in the support area. If a majority of those polled take the position that a separate comprehensive examination in the support area is not appropriate, the exam will not be administered. If a separate comprehensive examination is not administered in a support area, material from the support area will be integrated into the comprehensive exam in the concentration area.

Residency Requirement
Ph.D. students in the College are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per calendar year. Failure to meet this requirement will result in the student being placed on conditional status.

 

THESIS REQUIREMENTS

21

XXX7980

Dissertation: Doctoral

21

 

MINIMUM TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS

90

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College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate program advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

ECP6702, ECO6708, ECO6115, ECO6206, ECP6408, ECO6424, ECO6425, ECO7426, ECO7427, QMB6375, QMB7565, QMB7566, ECO6115, ECO6206, ECO6305, ECO6405, ECO6424, ECO6425, ECO7116, ECO7406, ECO7426, ECP6536, ECP7537, ECS6015, ECO6706, ECP6405, ECP7406, ECO6505, ECO6525, ECP6614, ECP6624, ECP6205,