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Business Administration, PhD (Management Concentration)

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Doctor of Philosophy PhD in Business Administration, concentration in Management (PBDM) (GMGT)

The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty such that the LSU Graduate School’s requirements for graduate committees are satisfied.

The degree is a dissertation degree requiring a dissertation. Fifty-seven hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned, including a minimum of nine hours of credit for the dissertation.

The curricular requirements include:

  • At least 57 hours at the 7000 level or above including pre-dissertation/dissertation research coursework.
  • Up to nine hours of breadth of study courses in an appropriate business discipline as determined by the department. This requirement can be fulfilled with prior coursework and may be (although not required to be) included in the 57 course hour total.
  • A primary area consisting of a minimum of 21 hours of earned credit in a specified field of study.
  • Included in the primary area of study is a minimum core requirement of 15 credit hours in management core courses required of all PhD students: MGT 7301 , MGT 7600 , MGT 7800 , and MGT 7811 .
  • A supporting area with a minimum of 12 hours of graduate level courses. Although students can select their supporting area, research methods is commonly recommended.
  • A research tool requirement, usually met by successfully completing a two term sequence in basic statistics.
  • Must pass a general/qualifying exam consisting of a written exam and a comprehensive oral exam.
  • Successful completion and defense of the dissertation.

Please refer to two websites for (1) additional details about the program ( and (2) the typical coursework completed during the four year program (

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