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Strategy Curriculum

First Year

Recommended Course Sequence*

First Semester

L11 503 Microeconomics I (3 credits)
L11 Quantitative Methods I (3 credits)
L11 513 Introduction to Econometrics (3 credits)
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Second Semester

L11 504 Microeconomics II (3 credits)
L11 Quantitative Methods II (3 credits)
L11 5161 Applied Econometrics (3 credits)
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* The order of classes may change due to availability, and classes may be substituted with approval. A communications course (that focuses on oral communication) is also recommended during the first two years. When the student takes the course is determined by the student and his/her advisor.

Research

  • Attend Strategy Seminars
  • Begin research collaborations

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer after the first year, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st after the first year.
  • Field statement papers are due at the end of the semester of the second year.
  • In August after the first year, students must attend an RA/TA orientation offered by The Teaching Center. This is required before submitting any RA/TA hours.
Second Year

Courses

Third Semester

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
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Fourth Semester

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
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Research

  • Attend Strategy Seminars
  • Continue research collaborations

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Field exam
  • Second year summer papers are due by the end of the fall semester of the third year.
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Third Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)
B53 660 Seminar in Presentation Skills (fall semester, required)

Research

  • Attend Strategy Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fourth Year

Courses

Electives (directed readings, independent studies)

Research

  • Attend Strategy Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (brown bag seminars and conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Dissertation Proposal – students must be able to assemble a Research Advisory Committee for the proposal of their dissertation and must submit a Title, Scope and Procedure Form as the committee’s approval of the proposed dissertation by September 30th after the fourth year.
  • In the summer, students must meet with the faculty coordinator to discuss progress and complete a progress report to be submitted to the PhD Office by August 1st.
Fifth Year

Courses

Dissertation Course (12 credits – 6 each semester)

Research

  • Attend Strategy Seminars
  • Paper Presentations (job market paper presentations with faculty and at conferences)
  • Dissertation Research

Milestones/Hurdles

  • Intent to Graduate (complete form online)
  • Job Market and Placement
  • Oral Defense of Dissertation
  • Submission of Examination Approval Form which signifies committee’s approval
  • Upload of Final, Approved Dissertation to Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • Submission of Documented Teaching Requirements to PhD Office

PhD Strategy Courses

  • B53 MGT 603 Seminar in Strategy and Organization
  • B53 MGT 604 Strategy Management of Innovation & Technology
  • B53 MGT 606 Economics of the Organization
  • B53 MGT 620 Empirical Methods in Business
  • B53 MGT 623 Seminar in Entrepreneurship
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