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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business with a concentration in Business Information Assurance, PhD

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The doctoral program in business administration is designed to prepare men and women of outstanding ability for careers in teaching and research at the university level. However, the program has enough flexibility to accommodate individuals whose career objectives lie outside academia. Individuals who undertake doctoral study are expected to achieve excellence in the command of the technical aspects of a business discipline and to develop expertise in the conduct of meaningful research.

Procedure for admission

For admission consideration, the following items are required by the College of Business PhD Program and Research Office. The complete PhD application packet can be found at or may be requested by e-mail from

In the determination of an applicant’s eligibility for admission to the College of Business for the PhD degree, the following items are required:

  1. Processed application for admission forwarded by the Toulouse Graduate School.
  2. Provide the Toulouse Graduate School with an official copy of the score made on either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), an official copy of the TOEFL score, if required, and official transcripts from all universities previously attended. Any test scores (GMAT, GRE, TOEFL) submitted in support of an application for admission to the College of Business PhD program must have been earned no more than five years prior to the date sought for admission.
  3. Submit a completed Supplementary Information Form to the Graduate Programs Office, College of Business.
  4. Request three individuals (usually university professors) to complete and return a Doctoral Applicant Evaluation Form. These forms are available in the application package located on the web at or by request from the PhD Program and Research Office in the College of Business.

For further information concerning the doctoral program in business administration and specific admission requirements, contact: the PhD Program and Research Office, College of Business. Contact information and destination of documents are as follows:

Both U.S. and international applicants

PhD Program and Research Office
College of Business
University of North Texas
Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311160
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Phone: 940-369-8488
Fax: 940-369-8978

Submit a Supplementary Information Sheet (Form A), statement of purpose essay, resume and three recommendation letters using Doctoral Applicant Evaluation Forms (Form A-1).

U.S. citizens only

Toulouse Graduate School
Graduate Admissions Office
Eagle Student Services Center, Room 354
Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017

Phone: 940-565-2636 or toll-free 888-UNT-GRAD [868-4723]

Submit a U.S. application, fee, official transcripts and official GMAT or GRE scores.

International applicants only

International Admissions Office
University of North Texas
Information Sciences Building, 2nd Floor

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #311067
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Phone: 940-565-2442

Submit an International Application, fee, official transcripts, official TOEFL, financial statement, and official GRE or GMAT scores. (Please note that all official GRE and GMAT scores are received by the Toulouse Graduate School, listed above.)

Retention policy for doctoral programs in business administration

If during any long term/semester (fall or spring) a PhD student does not enroll in any approved course work, the student must file a leave of absence form (Form E); otherwise, the student will be placed on inactive status. After two long terms/semesters in sequence in inactive status, the student will be removed from the PhD program.

Residence requirement

While completing course work, every student is required to complete a minimum residency requirement consisting of two consecutive terms/semesters with a minimum course load of 9 hours each term/semester. This can consist of spring and fall, fall and spring, spring and summer, or summer and fall.

Research tool requirement

The doctoral program in business administration requires satisfactory completion of a research tool requirement.

Program requirements

The doctoral student must select a concentration in one of the following program areas: accounting, business computer information systems, finance, management, marketing, or management science. With the approval of an academic advisor, the student will select courses in a supporting area. These courses may come from more than one business administration program area.

Program requirements are designed to accommodate the career plans and background of the student and, at the same time, meet the specific standards and requirements of the student’s program area. Competence achieved, rather than a specific number of hours completed, is the prime criterion; however, a minimum of 69 hours of graduate credit beyond the master’s degree or 99 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree must be earned.

Students entering the doctoral program after receiving a master’s degree will take 27–33 hours in concentration and 12–18 hours of research track courses, a minimum of 12 hours of pre-dissertation research and a dissertation of 12 hours. The pre-dissertation requirement may be met by 12 hours of research seminars (6910) and independent study (6940). The minimum course work consists of the following (69 hours minimum):

  • Research track, 12–18 hours
  • Concentration and minor areas, 27–33 hours
  • Pre-dissertation research, 12 hours
  • Dissertation, 12 hours

The above may include no more than 12 semester hours of 5900, 5910, 6900 and 6910 credit prior to pre-dissertation research.

The two research tracks consist of 12–18 hours of course work designed to develop the research capabilities of the student and to prepare the student for conducting research of dissertation quality. The student’s choice of track must be approved by the major area PhD coordinator. The required courses for each track are described below:

Business information assurance concentration courses

Dissertation and dissertation research, 24 hours

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