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PhD Program-School of Business
2100 Hillside Road, Unit 1041
Storrs, Connecticut 06269-1041 USA


Phone: 1-860-486-5822
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 PROGRAM OVERVIEW   study in america

The School of Business at the University of Connecticut (UConn) offers full-time, in-residence PhD programs in accounting, finance, management, marketing and OPIM (operations management, management information systems or a combination of the two). The PhD program is accredited by AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and prepares students to conduct high quality, modern research, and to assume faculty positions at leading universities. This program is designed for superior students who are highly committed to scholarly research and teaching.

All PhD students are assigned an adviser in their concentration upon admittance. Over the course of their program, students must complete a minimum of 37 credits of course work (accounting requires a minimum of 49 credits and marketing requires a minimum of 40 credits); a qualifying research paper; a comprehensive general examination; and a dissertation.

Accounting
The Accounting concentration emphasizes economics-based research addressing a variety of topics, including, but not limited to, the relation between accounting information and stock prices, the prevalence and measurement of earnings management activity, the role of external auditors in the financial reporting process, the effect of taxes on firms' business decisions and asset prices, and the intersection of financial and tax accounting. Graduates have accepted positions at Bentley College, California State University - Los Angeles, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Fordham, George Mason, Northeastern and Villanova, and the Universities of Georgia, Massachusetts, Nevada-Reno, SUNY-Albany, Rhode Island, Rutgers and Wisconsin.

Finance
The Department of Finance allows doctoral students to specialize their skills in corporate or business finance, financial management in government and not-for-profit organizations, financial planning, investments, banking, insurance, real estate, public accounting and health systems. Graduates have been hired at the Universities of Utah, Georgia, Texas Christian, Fairfield, North Carolina (Charlotte), Illinois (Chicago), Toledo, North Texas, Depaul, Hofstra, and Bangkok University.

Management
The Management PhD Program has two broad areas of focus, organizational behavior and strategic management, and one specific area of specialization that bridges these two areas of focus, entrepreneurship, in which the Management Department has built a core competency and international research reputation. Research on organizational behavior examines issues pertaining to the attraction, retention, management, and performance of people in organizations that arise at the individual, interpersonal, group, and organizational levels. Research on strategic management examines issues pertaining to the establishment and implementation of a strategic direction for the organization that is compatible with its external environment. Research on entrepreneurship examines issues pertaining to the creation of new firms that provide new products and services for the market; entrepreneurship is at the heart of sustainable regional and national growth as well as organizational performance. Graduates have accepted faculty positions at institutions such as Arizona State University, Central Connecticut State, Colorado State University, Iowa State, Northeastern University, Oregon State University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Marketing
The Marketing concentration in the PhD program has two broad areas of focus, behavioral consumer research and the modeling of marketing phenomena, with the joint goal of enhancing the development of marketing intelligence and the practice of customer relationship marketing. Research topics related to the modeling of marketing phenomena include one-to-one marketing; customer relationship management, cross-category and cross-media marketing, empirical analysis of strategic firm behavior, network effects, pricing, and empirical industrial organization. Recent graduates have accepted faculty positions at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Georgia State University, Baylor University, Drexel University, Mississippi State University, Kent University, University of South Carolina, and Texas Tech University.

Operations and Information Management (OPIM)
The Operations and Information Management (OPIM) PhD Program at UConn provides its students with the training necessary to conduct cutting-edge research in the broad areas of Management Information Systems (MIS) and Operations Management (OM). Students are guided through a curriculum that combines the research methods of Economics, Computer Science, Operations Management, Operations Research, and Statistics, with an emphasis on the scientific management of real businesses. OPIM PhD graduates have been hired at Arizona State University, University of Kansas, University of Washington, SUNY - Albany, SUNY - Buffalo, Northeastern University, Cal Poly, and Universities of Maine and Utah.


 Selected Research Areas   study in america

Accounting Department
  • Value relevance of accounting information
  • Valuation
  • Earnings management
  • Accounting conservatism
  • Book-tax differences
  • Tax Policy
  • Taxes and Business Decisions
  • Uncertain Tax positions
  • Economics-based auditing
  • Initial public offerings
  • Securities regulation in international capital markets
Marketing Department
  • Customer relationship management
  • Advertising effects
  • Empirical analysis of strategic firm behavior
  • Cross-category marketing
  • Network effects
  • Pricing
  • Information search
  • Product involvement
  • Online consumer behavior
  • Cross-cultural research
Finance Department
  • Market microstructure
  • Corporate governance
  • Real options
  • Risk management
  • Financial intermediation
  • IPOs
  • Event studies in finance and real estate
  • Market frictions and asset pricing
  • House price indices
  • Office markets
  • Real estate market analysis
  • Capital structure
  • Dividend policy
  • Mutual funds
  • Healthcare finance
  • International finance
  • Insurance
Management Department
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation
  • Inter-organizational partnerships and networks
  • Multinational corporations
  • Family firms
  • Small and mid-sized firms
  • Venture capitalists
  • Corporate governance
  • Corporate diversification
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Top management teams, team processes and effectiveness
  • Leadership, creativity, mentoring
  • Learning processes
  • Gender and diversity in the workplace
  • Telecommuting and virtual work
  • Managerial ethics
  • Cross-cultural behavior
  • Employee attachment to organizations
  • Training effectiveness
OPIM Department
  • Auction theory and applications
  • Database design and security
  • Database management
  • Distributed computing and client/server technology
  • Electronic commerce
  • Economics of information and information systems
  • Healthcare information systems
  • Management of technology
  • Manufacturing systems, planning, and strategy
  • Supply chain management
  • Telecommunication and network modeling and analysis
  • Applications of operations research to product design, production scheduling, and facility location

 ADMISSIONS CRITERIA & PROCEDURES   study in america

Admission into any of the PhD concentrations is based on the quality of prior education and grades, GMAT and/or GRE scores, work experience, recommendation letters and motivation to complete a doctoral program in business administration.

Candidates are required to submit official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions attended; a GMAT score (applicants to the OPIM program may submit either a GMAT or GRE score); a statement of purpose; resume; three letters of recommendation; and a $55 electronic application fee. International applicants must submit the requirements listed above as well as provide proof of English language proficiency. The school accepts minimum TOEFL scores of 550 on the paper-based test or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS minimum overall score of 6.5. International applicants must also provide certified translations for all official transcripts; an official statement of degree; and a completed financial declaration form.

The PhD program accepts students for the fall semester only. Application materials must be received by February 1. The online application is available at www.business.uconn.edu/phd.


 EXPENSES & FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE   study in america

Semester tuition (9+ credits) for the graduate programs is $4,221 plus fees for in-state students, and $10,962 plus fees for out-of-state and international students per year.

Graduate assistantships for teaching and research and/or university pre-doctoral fellowships are often awarded to PhD students who are within years one to four and are in good academic standing. The full-time (20 hour per week) stipend ranges from $19,098 to $22,342 for the academic year depending on academic progress.


 UNIVERSITY AND LOCATION   study in america

Centrally located in the “corporate corridor” between New York and Boston, Connecticut is one of the most commercially diverse states in the country. The University of Connecticut is a multifaceted institution with nationally recognized professional schools of business, dentistry, engineering, law and medicine. UConn is one of the nation’s major public research universities with 28,000 students, 170,000 alumni and 120 major buildings on 4,100 acres. US News & World Report consistently ranks UConn one of the top public universities in the nation and #1 in New England. UConn ranks as a Top B-School by Business Week and also ranks among the best investment values, according to Forbes magazine.

The entire academic, library, computer, social and cultural opportunities and facilities of a major university are readily accessible to PhD students. The main campus is set in a rural area with New England charm, and a safe and scenic environment. Hartford, Connecticut’s capital, is a half-hour drive, while Boston is one and a half hours and New York City three hours away by car. One-third of the Fortune 500 companies and hundreds of small and medium-sized firms have their corporate headquarters in the corporate corridor.


 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SUPPORT   study in america

The Department of International Services and Programs (DISP) offers students a week-long fall orientation that includes information sessions on registration, health insurance and US immigration regulations. Students may attend orientation social activities and DISP provides guided tours to local area amenities.

There is a period set aside for students to ask formal questions about minor issues such as local banking and getting student ID cards. Students are familiarized with the campus, university library and local community.

As part of US immigration requirements, international students arriving at the school must report to the DISP before they register for classes.

DISP provides academic, personal and career advising as well as language instruction at the American English Language Institute.

International House organizes social programs for international students. The facility is open every day for individual and group use by all students.


 Highlights   study in america

  • Emphasis on research
  • Close faculty-student interaction
  • Renowned faculty
  • Flexible, customized program
  • Comprehensive research university
  • Finance hosts the Center for Healthcare and Insurance Studies and the Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies
  • Marketing Department hosts the ING Center for Financial Services and Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER)
  • OPIM faculty ranked #7 in research productivity by OR/MS Today
  • OPIM Department hosts the Center for Internet Data Research and Intelligent Systems (CIDRIS) and the Edgelab

 Admissions at a Glance   study in america

Minimum GMAT: 550
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Minimum TOEFL (pbt): 550
Minimum TOEFL (cbt): 213
Application Fee: US$55
Application Deadline:
February 1


 Annual Expenses (in US$)   study in america

Tuition
In State: $4,455 per semester (9+ credits)
Out-of-State: $11,565 per semester (9+ credits)
Int'l Students: $11,565 per semester (9+ credits)
Books & Supplies: -
Health Insurance: -
Accommodation
Residences: $4,228 to $9,946 per year
Homestay: -
Private: $400 - 750/mo

 Student Profile   study in america

# of Full-time Students: 47 (average residents in course or dissertation phase)
# of Part-time Students: 9 ( average ABD non-resident)
# of Applications per year: 175 - 250
# Accepted per year: 12 - 14
# Enrolled per year: 55 - 70
Average GMAT Score: 690
Average Age: 33 yrs
% Men/Women: 69% /31%
Work Experience (avg yrs): 5 yrs

 Faculty Profile   study in america

# of Faculty: 86
% Faculty with Doctoral Degree: 100%
Annual Research Funding:

 Location at a Glance   study in america

City Population: 27,700
Cost of Living: medium
Climate Range: 17° to 84°F
Campus Setting: rural

 University at a Glance   study in america

Year School Founded: 1881
Total Enrollment: 28,000
Graduate Enrollment: 7,500
Students in Residence: 16,000

 FACULTY   study in america

Accounting
  • Biggs, S. PhD, Minnesota
  • Dunbar, A. PhD, Texas at Austin
  • Gramling, L. PhD, Maryland
  • Hoskin, R. PhD, Cornell
  • Hurley, R. PhD, Connecticut
  • Hussein, M. PhD, Pittsburgh
  • Liu, A. PhD, California, Irvine
  • Nelson, C. DBA, Illinois
  • Phillips, J. PhD, Iowa
  • Plesko, G. PhD, Wisconsin at Madison
  • Rice, S. PhD, Ohio State
  • Rosman, A. PhD, North Carolina–Chapel Hill
  • Seow, G. PhD, Oregon
  • Weber, D. PhD, Colorado
  • Willenborg, M. PhD, Pennsylvania State
Finance
  • Clapp, J. PhD, Columbia
  • Dolde, W. PhD, Yale
  • Eisdorfer, A. PhD, Rochester
  • Ghosh, C. PhD, Pennsylvania State
  • Giaccotto, C. PhD, Kentucky
  • Golec, J. PhD, Washington
  • Harding, J. PhD, California–Berkley
  • Hegde, S. PhD, Massachusetts
  • Hsu, P. PhD, Columbia
  • Klein, L. PhD, Florida State
  • Knopf, J. PhD, New York
  • Kramer, J. PhD, Connecticut
  • Moore, N. PhD, Florida State
  • O'Brien, T. PhD, Florida
  • Santerre, R. PhD, Connecticut
  • Sfiridis, J. PhD, Connecticut
Marketing
  • Bird, R. JD, Boston
  • Coulter, R. PhD, Pittsburgh
  • Fox, K. JD, Duke
  • Harris, W. PhD, Oklahoma
  • Jain, S. PhD, Oregon
  • Liu, H. PhD, University of Chicago
  • Pancras, J. PhD, New York
  • Punj, G. PhD, Carnegie-Mellon
  • Sewall, M. PhD, Washington–St. Louis
  • Spiggle, S. PhD, Connecticut
  • Srinivasan, N. PhD, New York at Buffalo
Management
  • Cao, Q. PhD, Maryland
  • Dimov, D. PhD, London
  • Dino, R. PhD, New York at Buffalo
  • Earley, C. PhD, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Gilson, L. PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Goodman, J. PhD, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lubatkin, M. DBA, Tennessee
  • Madjar, N. PhD, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mathieu, J. PhD, Old Dominion
  • Mosakowski, E. University of CA-Berkeley
  • Powell, G. PhD, Massachusetts
  • Reilly, G. PhD, Wisconsin
  • Simsek, Z. PhD, Connecticut
  • Souder, D. PhD, Minnesota
  • Veiga, G. DBA, Kent
  • Weinstein, L. PhD, Connecticut
OPIM
  • Ba, S. PhD, Texas at Austin
  • Bai, X. PhD, Carnegie Mellon
  • Bhattacharjee, S. PhD, New York st Buffalo
  • Chen, H. PhD, Texas
  • Cruz, J. PhD, Massachusetts
  • Day, R. PhD, Maryland
  • Diaby, M. PhD, SUNY Buffalo
  • Dowding, T. PhD, Connecticut
  • Garfinkel, R. PhD, John Hopkins
  • Goes, P. PhD, Rochester
  • Gopal, R. PhD, SUNY Buffalo
  • Huang, W-K. PhD, Rutgers
  • Johnson, R. PhD, Rochester
  • Li, C. PhD, Carnegie-Mellon
  • Li, X. PhD, Wharton
  • Mardsen, J. PhD, Purdue
  • Nair, S. PhD, Northwestern
  • Nunez, M. PhD, MIT
  • Rummel, J. PhD, Rochester
  • Sankaranarayanan, R. PhD, New York
  • Stallaert, J. PhD, UCLA
  • Thakur, L. EngScD, Columbia
  • Tung, Y-C. PhD, Kentucky
  • Yin, F. PhD, Texas at Austin
  • Zhang, J. PhD, Washington-Seattle
  • Zhdanov, D. PhD, Minnesota

 Program Facts   study in america

Length of Program: 4 - 5 yrs
Year Program Founded: 1987
Program Entry: fall
Study Options: assistantship

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