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Ph.D. in Management

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Management (Ph.D.) program enables students to earn a doctoral degree related to the business field at a Christ-centered institution.

Students in the Campbellsville University Ph.D. in Management program will be required to complete all core, research, specialization and dissertation requirements.

The Ph.D. program will consist of 60 credits, beyond master level credits, with 8 required core courses. Students in this program will be allowed to transfer in a maximum of 12 approved graduate level credits, thus requiring a minimum of 48 credits of the requirements to be taken directly at Campbellsville University.

Credits apply in five categories or components:

  1. Core Coursework: 24 credits
  2. Research Methodology: 12 credits
  3. Ph.D. Specialization: 12 credits
  4. Dissertation Proposal: 6 credits
  5. Dissertation: 6 credits


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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Campbellsville University Ph.D. in Management program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Formulate scholarly research that contributes to the professional body of knowledge relevant to business and management.
  2. Justify current and emerging theory and practice of the key content areas of business management through an interdisciplinary perspective to exigent business.
  3. Evaluate the subject matter with a high order of cognitive ability and in a manner that is concise, clear, organized, and professional with well supported, appropriate, and original content.
  4. Synthesize practical applications which contribute to the creation of original theory.

Admission Requirements

A Master’s degree (preferably a MBA or Master’s in Business) from a regionally accredited institution is required to enter the program. Students who do not have a business background must take MGT 907 Business Knowledge Studies along with all other students during the first term in order to obtain basic knowledge of accounting, economics, finance, and statistics.

Required admission documents include the following:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from previous colleges/universities
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Personal essay
  • Interview

Applicants without a master’s in business may be required to complete the GMAT exam with an acceptable score and/or successfully complete (if not previously completed) a course in Statistics and Research Methods before they can be officially admitted to the program.

Admission will be based on a combination of previous academic performance and qualifications, relevant work experience, references, a personal essay, and an interview.

Residency Requirement

Years 1-3

Semester 1 of each year:

Three (3) days on site residency required for all U.S. and international students (Day 1 will consist of workshops relevant to the pursuit of the doctorate).  Day 1 of the first year:  Workshops/seminars will consist of administrative procedures workshop, program expectations workshop, APA formatting workshop, library/research workshop, online learning workshop, and advisor meetings; Day 1 of Years 2 and 3 will consist of workshops and meetings directly related to the program and coursework such as proposal class and individual meetings, advisor meetings, etc.  Days 2 and 3 will consist of class meetings.

Semesters 2 & 3 of each year:

Three (3) days on site residency will be required for all international students and optional for U.S. students (All three days will consist of class meetings).

Time Requirement for Completion

Students have up to seven years for program completion once coursework begins. Students are anticipated to complete the dissertation within one year after completion of all their coursework, and an extension may be granted upon written request to the Dean of the School of Business, Economics, and Technology.

An option exists for part-time study while not encouraged but can be arranged for those who may need to temporarily step out for personal or professional reasons. These students will need to join another cohort to continue the program of study.

Comprehensive Examination

After approval of the dissertation proposal, the students will take the comprehensive examination during Term 8. The examination assesses the students’ competency in the following areas: management core, specialization core, and research skills. Students who receive a passing grade on the comprehensive examination will be advanced to doctoral candidacy. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the exam will not be admitted to candidacy status and must schedule a second exam no later than six months after the first examination. A student who does not receive a passing grade for two comprehensive examinations will be dropped from the program.

Specializations and Courses

Dissertation Information

Program Overview

Course Descriptions