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Dissertation Topic For Mba Marketing Texas

Howto's For Students: MBA Dissertation Topics On Marketing

Dissertations are important for any course and a must go-through for every student in order to graduate. This is an academic requirement designed with the intention to make the students understand the importance of the self-learning process and applying all that is learnt in the class to real life scenarios. A dissertation cannot be simply ‘gotten over with’ just like that. It is a step by step process that needs every step to be carried out with precision and care.

When choosing a topic here, keep in mind to consider the kind of effect it had in the past, the kind of impression it has now in the present and whether or not it will make you shine in your task. Take care to chase something relevant to the present and draw real life comparisons.

Here are a few dissertation topics for your consideration on Marketing-

  1. With respect to HCL products discuss the scenarios where promotional activities have impacts.
  2. Prepare a study with respect to the buying behavior and satisfaction associated with costumers of a particular product.
  3. Consider the brand Amul Milk and analyze its market and sales development.
  4. Make a comparative study of Airtel Broadband in the telecom industry.
  5. With respect to Reliance money, discuss its structure of sales and brokerage marketing.
  6. Discuss why there is a need for integrating marketing communications in life insurance.
  7. Discuss and prepare a report on the most effective way to market a global product on a universal level to multiple culturally different consumers.
  8. What are your opinions and views when strategizing a means to make processed food more attractive to the consumers of today?
  9. Which business practices in school will prove efficient in working in the present economy?
  10. Discuss how skilled employees can be benefitted the most in a company for the long term.
  11. What are your propositions in managing a diverse workforce?
  12. Discuss how the social media platforms present today can be used to formulate an effective marketing strategy.
  13. Are homegrown marketing strategies enough for a global company? Discuss.
  14. Write a proposition as to how a government and business can work together to help the customers?
  15. Devise a proper strategy as to how to deal with negative press and spread brand awareness at the same time.


The PhD Marketing program at UTD has 13 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, all of whom are active in publishing in top journals. Two are associate editors of major journals in marketing, and several others are on the editorial boards of these journals. Our faculty actively publishes in a number of prestigious research outlets across Marketing, Economics, Operations, Information Systems, and other related fields, and is very productive. For example, from 2012 to now, our faculty produced about 30 publications in Marketing Science, Journal of Marketing Research and Management Science.

Our faculty specializes in quantitative analysis of various marketing problems, using game theory, empirical analysis or experiments.

Tenure and tenure-track Marketing faculty:Norris Bruce, Ernan Haruvy, Sanjay Jain, Dmitri Kuksov, Nanda Kumar, Xiaolin Lin, B.P.S. Murthi, Ashutosh Prasad, Ram Rao, Brian Ratchford, Upender Subramanian, Ying Xie & Khai Chiong.

Juncai Jiang, Nanda Kumar and Brian T. Ratchford, “Price-Matching Guarantee with Endogenous Consumer Search,” Management Science, forthcoming.

Li, Jiaoyang and Sanjay Jain, “Behavior-Based Pricing: An Analysis of the Impact of Peer-Induced Fairness,” Management Science, forthcoming.

Amaldoss, Wilfred and Sanjay Jain, “Branding Conspicuous Goods: An Analysis of the Effect of Social Influence and Competition,” Management Science, forthcoming.

Norris Bruce, B.P.S. Murthi and Ram C. Rao “A Dynamic Model for Digital Advertising: The Effects of Creative Formats, Message Content and Targeting on Engagement,” Journal of Marketing Research, forthcoming.

Kuksov, Dmitri, Ashutosh Prasad, and Mohammad Zia (2017) “In-Store Advertising by Competitors,” Marketing Science, forthcoming.

Upender Subramanian, Ozalp Ozer and Yu Wang, “Information Sharing, Advice or Delegation: What Leads to Higher Trust in a Distribution Channel?” Management Science, forthcoming.

Luria, A., I. Erev and E. Haruvy “The reinforcing value of lottery tickets, and the synergetic effect of distinct reinforcements,” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, forthcoming.

Haruvy, E. “Experimental Economics in Marketing,” Foundations and Trends – Marketing, forthcoming.

Haruvy, E, P.T.L. Popkowski Leszczyc, “Measuring the Impact of Price Guarantees on Bidding in Consumer Online Auctions,” Journal of Retailing, forthcoming.

Kuksov, Dmitri, and Yuanfang Lin (2017) “Signaling Low Margin through Assortment,” Management Science, 63 (4), pp. 1166-1183.

Steve Shugan, Nanda Kumar, and Jihwan Moon (2017) “Product line bundling: why airlines bundle high-end while hotels bundle low-end,” Management Science (36)

Upender Subramanian and Ram C. Rao (2016) “Leveraging Experienced Consumers to Attract New Consumers: An Equilibrium Analysis of Displaying Deal Sales by Daily Deal Websites,” Management Science, 62(12), 3555-75

Brian T. Ratchford (2016) “Publishing in the Journal of Interactive Marketing,” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 33 (February 2016), v-vii.

Sungha Jang, Ashutosh Prasad and Brian T. Ratchford (2016) “Consumer Spending Patterns across Firms and Categories: Application to the Size and Share of Wallet,” International Journal of Research in Marketing, 33, 123-139.

Olivier Rubel and Ashutosh Prasad (2016) “Dynamic Incentives in Sales Force Compensation,” Marketing Science (35)

Erdem, Tulin, Kevin Lane Keller, Dmitri Kuksov, and Rik Pieters (2016) “Understanding Branding in a digitally empowered world,” International Journal of Research in Marketing,33 (1), pp. 3-10.

Brian T. Ratchford (2015) “Interactive Marketing: Present and Future,” Academy of Asian Business Review, 1 (December 2015), 1-16.

B.P.S. Murthi, Brian T. Ratchford and Ram C. Rao (2015) “A Descriptive Analysis of Publications in Marketing Science over its History,” Marketing Science, 34 (6), 779-786.

Dongling Huang, Andrei Strijnev and Brian T. Ratchford (2015) “Role of Advertising and Consumer Interest in the Motion Picture Industry,” Review of Marketing Science, 13 (November), 1-40.

S. Sriram, Puneet Manchanda, Mercedes Esteban Bravo, Junhong Chu, Liye Ma, Minjae Song, Scott Shriver, Upender Subramanian. “Platforms: A Multiplicity of Research Opportunities,”Marketing Letters. June 2015.

Brian T. Ratchford, “Some Directions for Research in Interactive Marketing,” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 29 (February 2015), v-vii.

Haruvy, E, P.T.L. Popkowski Leszczyc (2015), “The Loser’s Bliss in Auctions with Price Externality,” Games6(3), 191-213

Brandts, J. E. Fatas, E. Haruvy, F. Lagos (2015). “The Impact of Relative Position, Prices of Sacrifice and Reciprocity: An Experimental Study using Individual Decisions,” Social Choice and Welfare. 45(3), pp 489-511

Dong, X., R. Janakiraman, and Y. Xie (2014) “The Effect of Survey Participation on Consumer Behavior: The Moderating Role of Marketing Communication,” Marketing Science, 33 (4), pp. 567-585.

Sonika Singh, Brian T. Ratchford and Ashutosh Prasad (2014) “Offline and Online Search in Used Durables Markets,” Journal of Retailing, 90 (September), 301-320.

Subramanian, U., J. S. Raju and Z. J. Zhang (2014) “Strategic Value of High-Cost Customers,” Management Science, 60 (2).

Gangwar, Manish, Nanda Kumar and Ram C. Rao (2014) “Consumer Stockpiling and Competitive Promotional Strategies,” Marketing Science, 33 (1), 94-113.

Kuksov, Dmitri, and Kangkang Wang (2014) “The Bright Side of Loss Aversion in Dynamic and Competitive Markets,” Marketing Science, 33 (5), pp. 693-711.

B.P.S. Murthi, C. Sriskandarajah, Milind Dawande and Neil Geismar (2014) “Maximizing Revenue Through Two-Dimensional Shelf Space Allocation,” accepted for publication in Production and Operations Management

B.P.S. Murthi, Byungwan Koh and Srinivasan Raghunathan, “Note on Shift in Demand for Music: Online Music Piracy, Physical Music Sales, and Digital Music Sales,” accepted for publication in Journal of Organizational Computing and Electronic Commerce, 2014.

Haruvy, E, P.T.L. Popkowski Leszczyc and Y. Ma (2014) “Does higher transparency lead to more search in Online Auctions?” Production and Operations Management 23(2), 197-209

Haruvy, E., C. N. Noussair, and O. Powell (2014), “The impact of asset repurchases and issues in an experimental market,”Review of Finance 18(2), 681-713.

Füllbrunn, S. and E. Haruvy (2014), “The Takeover Game,” Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Finance, 1, 85–98

Fatas, E., E. Haruvy and A. J. Morales (2014). “A psychological re-examination of the Bertrand paradox,” Southern Economic Journal. 80(4), 948-967.

Chan, T., and Ch. Narasimhan, and Y. Xie (2013) “Treatment Effectiveness and Side-effects: A Model of Physician Learning,” Management Science, 59(6), 1309-1325.

Girju, M., A. Prasad and B. Ratchford, (2013) “Pure Components versus Pure Bundling in a Marketing Channel,” Journal of Retailing, 90 (Dec), 423-437.

Gu, J., and Y. Xie (2013) “Facilitating Fit-Revelation in the Competitive Market,” Management Science, 59 (5), 1196-1212

Subramanian, U., J. S. Raju and Z. J. Zhang (2013) “Exclusive Handset Arrangements in the Wireless Industry: A Competitive Analysis,” Marketing Science, 32 (2).

Kuksov, D., R. Shachar, and K. Wang (2013) “Advertising and Consumers’ Communication,” Marketing Science, 32 (2), pp. 294-309

A. Bakhtiari, B.P.S. Murthi, and E. Steffes (2013) “Evaluating the Effect of Affinity Card Programs on Customer Profitability Using Propensity Score Matching,” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 27 (2), pp. 83-97.

Sh. Singh, B.P.S. Murthi, and E. Steffes (2013) “Developing a Measure of Risk Adjusted Revenue (RAR) in Credit Cards Market: Implications for Customer Relationship Management,” European Journal of Operational Research, 224 (2) 425-434.

Murthi, B.P.S., A. Rasheed, and I. Goll (2013) “An Empirical Analysis of Strategic Groups in the Airline Industry Using Latent Class Regressions,” Managerial and Decision Economics, 34 (2), pp. 59-73.

Füllbrunn, S. and E. Haruvy (2013) “The Dividend Puzzle: A Laboratory Investigation,” Research in Experimental Economics, 16, 87-110

Haruvy, E., C. N. Noussair, and O. Powell (2013), “The impact of asset repurchases and issues in an experimental market,” Review of Finance.

Wang, Y., C. Zamudio, and E. Haruvy (2013),” Human Brands and Mutual Choices: An Investigation of the Marketing Assistant Professor Job Market,” Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science 41, 722-736.

Haruvy, E., P.T.L. Popkowski Leszczyc and Y. Ma (2013) “Does higher transparency lead to more search in Online Auctions?” Production and Operations Management

Haruvy, E. and S. Jap (2013) “Bidding on quality in buyer-determined online reverse auctions, “Journal of Marketing Research 50 (2), 241-258.

Haruvy, E., D. Miao, and K. E. Stecke (2013), “Various Strategies to Handle Cannibalization in a Competitive Duopolistic Market,” International Transactions in Operational Research 20(2), 155-188.

Haruvy, E. and E. Katok (2013),” Increasing Revenue by Decreasing Information in Procurement Auctions,” Production and Operations Management 22(1), 19–35.

Luo, L., B. Ratchford, and B. Yang (2013) “Why We Do What We Do: A Model of Activity Consumption,” Journal of Marketing Research, 50.

Wang, Yu, and E. Haruvy (2013) “Tiers in One-Sided Matching Markets: Theory and Experimental Investigation,” Management Science, 59.

Kuksov, D., and K. Wang (2013) “A Model of the ‘It’ Products in Fashion,” Marketing Science, 32 (1), pp. 51-69.

Jain, Sanjay, “Self Control and Incentives: An Analysis of Multi-Period Quota Plans,” Marketing Science, Sept-Oct 2012, 31, 5, 855-869.

Jain, Sanjay, “Marketing of Vice Goods: A Strategic Analysis of the Package Size Decision” Marketing Science, Jan-Feb 2012, 31, 1, 36-51, Discussion Paper with Commentaries and Rejoinder.

B.P.S. Murthi and RAM C. RAO “Price Awareness and Consumers’ Use of Deals in Brand Choice,” Journal of Retailing 88 (1), 2012 (March), 34-46. Honorable Mention, 2014 Davidson Award

Iyer, G., and D. Kuksov (2012) “Competition in Shopping Experience,” Marketing Science, 31 (6), pp. 913-933

Bruce, N., K. Peters, and P. Naik (2012) “Discovering How Advertising Grows Sales and Builds Brands,” Journal of Marketing Research, 49 (6), 793-806.

Asdemir, K., V. Jacob, and N. Kumar (2012) “Pricing Models for Online Advertising: CPM versus CPC,” Information Systems Research 23 (3), Part 1 of 2, pp. 804-822.

Johar, M., N. Kumar and Vijay Mookerjee (2012) “Content Provision Strategies in the Presence of Content Piracy,” Information Systems Research 23 (3), Part 2 of 2, pp. 960-975

He, T., D. Kuksov and Ch. Narasimhan (2012) “Intraconnectivity and Interconnectivity: When Value Creation May Reduce Profits,” Marketing Science, 31 (4), pp. 587-602.

Bruce, N., N. Foutz, and C. Kolsarici (2012) “Dynamic Effectiveness of Advertising and Word of Mouth in Sequential Distribution of New Products,” Journal of Marketing Research, 49 (4), pp. 469-486.

Kuksov, D., and Y. Xie (2012) “Competition in a Status Goods Market,” Journal of Marketing Research, 49 (5), 609-623.

Ratchford, B., (2012) “Suggestions for Further Research on NLEA and Other Disclosure Laws,” Marketing Science, 31, 744-747.

Haruvy, E., T. Li, S. Sethi (2012), “Two-Stage Pricing for Custom-Made Products,” European Journal of Operational Research, 219(2), 405–414

Schoenberg, E., and E. Haruvy (2012). “Relative Performance Information in Asset Markets: An Experimental Approach,” Journal of Economic Psychology 33, 1143-1155.

Haruvy, E., and D. Stahl (2012), “Between-Game Rule Learning in Dissimilar Symmetric Normal-Form Games,” Games and Economic Behavior 74, 208-221.

Soysal, G.P. and Krishnamurthi, L. (2012) “Demand Dynamics in the Seasonal Goods Industry: An Empirical Analysis,” Marketing Science, 31 (2), pp. 293–316.

Rao, R. (2012) “Package size and competition,” Marketing Science31 (1), pp. 52–54.

Jang, S., A. Prasad and B. Ratchford (2012) “How Consumers Use Product Reviews in the Purchase Decision Process,” Marketing Letters, 23, 825-838

Kulkarni, G., B. Ratchford and P.K. Kannan (2012) “The Impact of Online and Offline Information Sources on Automobile Choice Behavior” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 16, 167-175

Assaf, A., A. Josiassen, B. Ratchford and C.P. Barros (2012) “Internationalization and Performance of Retail Firms: A Bayesian Dynamic Model,” Journal of Retailing, 88 (June), 191-205

Kim, J., and B. Ratchford (2012) “Consumer Choice and Use of Multiple Information Sources for Automobile Purchases,” International Journal of Electronic Commerce, 16 (Spring), 7-39.

Chan, T., Ch. Wu, and Y. Xie (2011) “Measuring the Value of Customer Acquisition from Google Search Advertising,” Marketing Science, 30 (5), 837-850.

Steffes, E., B.P.S. Murthi, and R. Rao (2011) “Why are some Modes of Acquisition more Profitable? A Study of the Credit Card Industry,” Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 16 (2), 90-100.

Khouja, M., J. Pan, B. Ratchford, J. Zhou (2011) “Analysis of Free Gift Cards Program Effectiveness,” Journal of Retailing, 87, 444-461

Haruvy, E. (2011), “Challenges and Opportunities in Economics Experiments in Virtual Worlds,” Southern Economic Journal 78(1), 1-5.

Harrisom, G., E. Haruvy and E. Rutstrom (2011), “Remarks on Virtual World and Virtual Reality Experiments,” Southern Economic Journal 78(1), 87-94.

Fiedler, M., E. Haruvy and S. Li (2011), “Social distance in a virtual world experiment,” Games and Economic Behavior 72(2), 400-426

Chakravarty, S., G. Harrison, E. Haruvy, and E. Rutstrom (2011) “Are You Risk Averse over Other People’s Money?” Southern Economic Journal 77(4), 901- 913.

Li, S., K. Dogan, E. Haruvy (2011) “Group Identity in Markets,” International Journal of Industrial Organization 29(1), 104-115

Murthi, B.P.S., E. Steffes, and A. Rasheed (2011) “What Price Loyalty? A Fresh Look at Loyalty Programs in the Credit Card Industry,” Journal of Financial Services Marketing, 16 (1), pp. 5-13.

Prasad, A., R. Venkatesh and V. Mahajan (2010) “Optimal Bundling of Technological Products with Network Externality,” Management Science, 56 (12), pp. 2224-2236.

Subramanian, U., J. S. Raju, S. K. Dhar and Y. Wang (2010) “Competitive Consequences of Using a Category Captain,” Management Science, 56 (10).

Kuksov, D., and Y. Xie, 2010 “Pricing, Frills, and Customer Ratings,” Marketing Science, 29 (5), 925-943.

Kuksov, D., and J. M. Villas-Boas (2010) “When More Alternatives Lead to Less Choice,” Marketing Science, 29 (3), pp. 507-524.

Ben Zion, U., I. Erev, E. Haruvy and T. Shavit (2010), “Adaptive Behavior Leads to Under-diversification,” Journal of Economic Psychology 31, 985-995.

Erev, I. and E. Haruvy (2010), “Two-stage Prize Promotions and the Value of Unresolved Uncertainty.” Marketing Letters 21, 149–162

Haruvy, E., and Peter Popkowski (2010) “Search and Choice in Online Consumer Auctions,” Marketing Science, 29 (6).

Grewal, D., R. Janakiraman, K. Kalyanam, P.K. Kannan, B. Ratchford, R. Song and S. Tolerico (2010) “Strategic Online and Offline Retail Pricing: A Review and Research Agenda,” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 24 (May), 138-154

Kumar, N., S. Radhakrishnan and R. Rao (2010) “Private Label Vendor Selection in a Supply Chain: Quality and Clientele Effects,” Journal of Retailing, 86 (2), 148-58.

Dogan, K., E. Haruvy, and R. Rao (2010), “Who should practice price discrimination using rebates in an asymmetric duopoly?” Quantitative Marketing and Economics8 (1), 61-90.

Iyer, G., and D. Kuksov (2010) “Consumer Feelings and Equilibrium Product Quality,” Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, 19 (1), pp. 137-168.

Kuksov, D., and Yu. Lin (2010) “Information Provision in a Vertically Differentiated Competitive Marketplace,” Marketing Science, 29 (1), pp. 122-138.

Student Placements

We strive to help our students obtain the best placements and expect they will emerge as leaders in marketing science. At the same time, we place our students in both academic and non-academic positions keeping in mind the individual student’s interests.

First NameLast NameGrad YearPlacementTitle
YiyiLi2017University of DelawareAssistant Professor
MohammadZia2017Chapman UniversityAssistant Professor
AliBakhtiari2016VerizonData Scientist
MeisamHejazinia2016Sabre Airline SolutionsSenior e-commerce data scientist
Jong MinKim2015University of Science and Technology of ChinaAssistant Professor
AidinTajzadeh Namin2015University of IdahoAssistant Professor
ParneetPahwa2015University of Texas at DallasClinical Assistant Professor
CésarZamudio2013Kent State UniversityAssistant Professor
JuncaiJiang2013Virginia TechVisiting Professor
MarinaGirju2012DePaul UniversityAssistant Professor
SonikaSingh2012University of Technology SydneyLecturer
DavidRichardson2011Illinois Institute of TechnologyAssistant Professor
SunghaJang2011Kent State UniversityAssistant Professor

Student Publications

Students are actively encouraged to publish while in the program, and often collaborate on faculty research papers with UTD professors. A list of publications of students who graduated in the past five years or are currently in the marketing PhD program is as follows (student name in bold):

Kuksov, Dmitri, Ashutosh Prasad, and Mohammad Zia (2017) “In-Store Advertising by Competitors,” Marketing Science, forthcoming.

Juncai Jiang, Nanda Kumar and Brian T. Ratchford, “Price-Matching Guarantee with Endogenous Consumer Search,” Management Science, forthcoming.

Sungha Jang, Ashutosh Prasad and Brian T. Ratchford, “Consumer Spending Patterns across Firms and Categories: Application to the Size and Share of Wallet,” International Journal of Research in Marketing, 33 (2016), 123-139.

Sonika Singh, Brian T. Ratchford and Ashutosh Prasad “Offline and Online Search in Used Durables Markets,” Journal of Retailing, 90 (September 2014), 301-320.

Marina Girju, Ashutosh Prasad and Brian T. Ratchford, “Pure Components versus Pure Bundling in a Marketing Channel,” Journal of Retailing, 90 (December 2013), 423-437.

Ali Bakhtiari and Erin Steffes “Evaluating the Effect of Affinity Card Programs on Customer Profitability Using Propensity Score Matching,” Journal of Interactive Marketing, 27 (2), 83-97, May 2013.

Wang, Y., C. Zamudio, and E. Haruvy (2013), Human Brands and Mutual Choices: An Investigation of the Marketing Assistant Professor Job Market, J. of the Academy of Marketing Science 41, 722-736.

Marina Girju, Michelle Adams and Brian T. Ratchford, “DemoImpact: Modeling, Forecasting and Managing the Impact of Major US Socio-demographic trends on Multi-Category Snack Consumption,” Review of Marketing Science, Vol. 8 (2010), Article 1. DOI: 10.2202/1546-5616.1115.

Admission Procedures

Students who apply to the program should have at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by the time of expected enrollment in our program. While many successful applicants have a master’s degree, this is not a requirement for admission. Admission decisions are based on grades, graduate examination test scores, letters of reference (at least three with at least two from academic professionals), a written statement of objectives, and other relevant information available at the time of admission.

The Jindal School of Management starts making first-round admission decisions on January 6th, therefore it is best to complete the entire application process no later than January 5th. While applications will be accepted after that date, applying after January 5th may significantly lower your chance of acceptance. Applications for admission can be made using the UT Dallas Graduate Application Web site.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete at least 75 semester hours of approved graduate work before a degree may be conferred. Credit may be granted for graduate courses taken elsewhere.


Calculus, matrix algebra, computer programming and statistics are prerequisites for the doctoral program – every admitted student is responsible for ensuring he/she has satisfied these prerequisite requirements before joining the program.

Master’s-Level Courses

Students entering the program without an MBA or equivalent must complete a minimum of twelve hours of courses in areas typically required of MBA students. In certain instances, a higher-level course may be substituted for an MBA-level course.

Research Methods Core

The Management Science PhD core curriculum consists of a minimum of 9 courses.

Please visit the Management Science Degree Plan page for core and secondary core course requirements.

Doctoral Seminars

Students are required to take at least four doctoral-level seminars in marketing.

Other Courses

Students will be asked to take other advanced graduate level courses in statistics, economics and operations research as appropriate to their program. They may also be asked to undertake independent study on one or more appropriate topics. Finally they are required to take a course in written and oral communication provided by the school during their second summer.

Preliminary and Qualifying Examinations and Papers

PhD in Marketing students take a written preliminary exam at the end of their first year in the program over a set of core methodology courses (ECON 6309 Econometrics I, MECO 6315 Statistics, MECO 6345 Advanced Managerial Economics, MECO 6350 Game Theory, OPRE 7353 Optimization). The purpose of the exam is to assess the student’s degree of mastery of the research methods covered in the first year of course work. Students are also required to write an original research paper in their first summer.

As with the preliminary examination, the qualifying examination consists of the written exam taken in the summer at the end of the second year and an original research paper (second year paper) due August 31st. The written exam is design to test the knowledge of the methodology and literature important for quantitative marketing research, and allows some degree of concentration in either primarily empirical or primarily analytical areas. The paper is expected to be presented at the beginning of the Fall semester of the third year.

PhD students must successfully complete the preliminary and qualifying examinations, respectively, to enter PhD candidacy. The area faculty will determine whether a student has successfully completed the exam requirements based on the student’s performance. Criteria to evaluate students may include results from the in-class written portion of the exams, quality of research papers and/or presentations, performance in special courses (e.g. seminar courses), satisfactory GPA as determined by area faculty, and other forms of assessment as required by the student’s area. An unsatisfactory performance in any one criteria for either the preliminary examination or the qualifying examination may result in dismissal from the program.


Once the student has passed qualifying exam and paper requirements, work on the dissertation can commence. The dissertation is written under the direction of the dissertation committee. Twelve to 24 semester hours may be granted for the dissertation toward the minimum 75-hour requirement for the degree. At a time mutually agreeable to the candidate and the dissertation committee, the candidate must orally defend the dissertation to the committee.

Dissertation Proposal Defense

The Dissertation Proposal must be successfully defended at least one semester prior to the term of graduation. The requirements for the proposal defense should be discussed with the dissertation committee prior to scheduling the defense. Dissertation Proposal Defenses will be open to all faculty and PhD students of the Jindal School of Management.