Ph.D. in Business Administration

Ph.D. in Business Administration

Things To Consider As You Select Your Ph.D. Program:

General Issues to Consider

Minority Students

International Students

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General Issues to Consider

  • Are the professors active in research? Are they publishing in the areas that you wish to study?
  • Does the program have a history of graduating students on time? A Ph.D. is a marathon, not a sprint. However, there is no need to extend things to an ultra-marathon.
  • Does the department have many political battles? This is a key issue that most Ph.D. students don't consider. However, after you complete all your coursework and comprehensive exams, you don't want to put together a thesis committee that has people on it that can't work together—this would increase the odds that your program might be extended or that you might not graduate.
  • A key way to find out these issues is to talk with current Ph.D. students—without any faculty present. The students will always provide key insights you need to know to make an informed decision.
  • A key asset of the College of Business at UT Arlington is that we have minimal politics. The faculty enjoy researching and working with each other. Additionally, Ph.D. students are not just a knowledge asset or an employee. The faculty truly cares about students. If you work hard, we'll work hard to get you through the program and graduated.
  • If you are married, make sure your spouse is a key part of these discussions. A Ph.D. program can have an even bigger impact on the spouse than it has on the student.
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Minority Students

As a minority student, a key resource you should consider is The Ph.D. Project. This program has been in existence since 1994 and has been very successful in increasing the number of minority business professors. There is an excellent mentorship program and yearly conference. The successful completion rate is 92%.


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International Students

As an international student, you have shown a great deal of courage and commitment to leave your home country and come to the United States to study. It is exciting, but it can also be somewhat daunting.

  • Be sure to identify if the university community or surrounding city has support groups for your country.
  • Also, one of the things students don't tend to consider is climate. Moving internationally is already a big change. If the climate of the city you are looking at is significantly different from the area you are from, this can exasperate some students. Don't look at average temperate data. Instead focus on the extremes during the summers and winters.
  • Many universities (including UTA), require that foreign students take the spoken language component of the current TOEFL iBT exam.
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