Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Business and a Major Concentration in Strategic Management

Program Learning Outcomes for the PhD Degree in the field of Business and a Major Concentration in Strategic Management

Upon completing the PhD degree in the field of Business and a major concentration in Strategic Management, students will be able to: 

  1. Understand advanced Strategic Management concepts, theories, principles, and quantitative methods including how to analyze an organization’s environment regarding social, political, technological, economic, and global factors and its strength, weaknesses, efficiencies, decision-making frameworks, and resource management.
  2. Identify and explain questions and problems existing within the field of Strategic Management and propose research to address them.
  3. Execute original research in the field of Strategic Management.   
  4. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, research conducted in the field of Strategic Management.

Requirements for the PhD Degree in the field of Business and a Major Concentration in Strategic Management

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. For program details, see the PhD Program Guidebook distributed by the Jones Graduate School of Business. Admissions applications should include scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Full financial support will be provided to admitted doctoral students. Candidates for the PhD degree spend at least two years in full-time coursework and at least two years writing the thesis. Four to five years is a reasonable goal for completing the program. Students pursuing the PhD degree in Business must:

  • Complete a program of doctoral-level courses that is approved by the area (or major concentration) faculty advisor. Students take courses from departments such as economics, psychology, statistics, and political science in addition to courses from Jones Graduate School of Business.
  • Complete all coursework with a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 and a minimum grade of B (3.00 grade points) in each required course.
  • Complete all of the course requirements in their selected major concentration.
  • Complete and defend orally a doctoral thesis, setting forth in publishable form, the results of original research.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in the field of Business and a Major Concentration in Strategic Management90

Major Concentration: Strategic Management

Students pursuing the major concentration in Strategic Management must:

  • Complete a minimum of 90 credit hours as listed below to satisfy the PhD degree and the major concentration requirements.
  • Complete coursework approved by the area faculty advisor; these courses will be a combination of Core Requirements and Elective Requirements.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 credit hours of approved graduate level courses per semester, in the first two years in the program.
  • Attend all research seminars organized in the strategic management area. 
  • Complete summer research paper requirements during the first two years in the program.
  • Successfully pass a comprehensive exam.
  • Write one major paper (sole-authored or co-authored) and present in a faculty workshop.
  • Teach at least one semester as the primary instructor (during the third year in the program).
  • Complete and defend thesis within a maximum of 7 years from the time of matriculation.
Core Requirements 1
BUSI 540STRATEGY I3
BUSI 541STRATEGY II3
BUSI 549STRATEGY PRO-SEMINAR3
BUSI 800PHD RESEARCH9-12
ECON 501MICROECONOMICS I3
POLI 504INTRODUCTION TO MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION3
POLI 505ADVANCED MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION3
PSYC 507RESEARCH METHODS3
PSYC 601MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS3
Elective Requirements 2
Advanced Strategy Electives
Select 4 courses (6 credit hours) from the following:6
MICRO FOUNDATIONS OF ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE
EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
CONTEMPORARY MANAGEMENT THOUGHT
INNOVATION AND KNOWLEDGE SPILLOVERS IN EMERGING MARKETS
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
STRATEGY RESEARCH IN CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT: STRATEGIC ALLIANCES AND ACQUISITIONS
DESIGN OF BUSINESS RESEARCH
Approved Electives
Select coursework with the approval of the area advisor to total a minimum of 90 credit hours (see course list below)48-51
Total Credit HoursMinimum of 90

Footnotes and Additional Information

Course List to Satisfy Requirements

With advisor approval, select 48-51 credit hours of additional coursework as Elective Requirements to total a minimum of 90 credit hours. The following are typically approved courses that may be chosen to fulfill Elective Requirements. 

BUSI 503SEMINAR IN JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING3
BUSI 504GAME THEORY3
BUSI 522CORPORATE FINANCE3
BUSI 523EMPIRICAL METHODS IN FINANCE3
BUSI 530INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING RESEARCH3
BUSI 531EMPIRICAL METHODS IN ACCOUNTING3
ECON 504COMPUTATIONAL ECONOMICS3
ECON 510ECONOMETRICS I3
ECON 514INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION AND CONTROL3
ECON 523DYNAMIC OPTIMIZATION3
POLI 503TOPICS IN METHODS AND DATA ANALYSIS3
POLI 504INTRODUCTION TO MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION3
POLI 505ADVANCED MAXIMUM LIKELIHOOD ESTIMATION3
POLI 511MEASUREMENT AND RESEARCH DESIGN3
POLI 527INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS3
POLI 575GAME THEORY3
POLI 576INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY3
PSYC 502ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS I4
PSYC 503ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS II3
PSYC 507RESEARCH METHODS3
PSYC 550FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 601MULTIVARIATE STATISTICS3
PSYC 636ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 637META-ANALYSIS IN PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH3
PSYC 639INDUSTRIAL/ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP1-9
STAT 541MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS3
STAT 606SAS STATISTICAL PROGRAMMING3
STAT 611ECONOMETRICS II3
STAT 621APPLIED TIME SERIES AND FORECASTING3

Other

The major concentration in strategic management provides coursework in the base theories in strategic management. The field of strategic management studies big picture issues facing managers of firms, such as deciding what markets and industries to enter, how to enter and exit various markets, how to position the firm in the market in order to gain competitive advantage, and the timing, sequencing, and orchestration of competitive initiatives. Topics in strategic management include: Competitive strategy, resource allocation and corporate strategy, strategic decision processes, international and emerging market strategies, knowledge and innovation management, strategic entrepreneurship, corporate governance, and environment and non-market strategies. The main goal of the strategic management doctoral program is to train students to do high-quality research in any of these areas and to prepare them for careers as mainstream professors of strategic management at top academic research institutions. To achieve this goal, PhD students are required to take courses in strategic management, research methods and statistics, as well as possible disciplinary elective courses in economics, psychology and political science, and to write research papers examining important and relevant issues in strategic management. The program also has a teaching requirement to the extent that teaching opportunities are available.

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Business 

Jones Graduate School of Business Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum.  As an additional resource for students, the Jones Graduate School of Business publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here: https://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2020_21/Business_Gradaute_Handbook.pdf

Withdrawal Policy

A Jones Graduate School of Business student, participating in any offered program, may voluntarily withdraw from school at any time. Upon withdrawal, Rice University applies a sliding scale to tuition, which is noted in the university's Academic Calendar posted on the Rice Office of the Registrar website.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Jones Graduate School of Business website: https://business.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Business 

Financial Aid

Jones Graduate School of Business scholarships are awarded at the point of admission and are based on the merit of the application. Financial assistance is generally awarded one academic year at a time. Continuation of assistance depends on Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) in accordance with Academic and Professional Standards of performance, professional behavior, and is subject to the availability of funds. Academic or disciplinary probation, suspension, or general failure to maintain academic pace will result in the removal of all forms of financial assistance (i.e. scholarship, employment, Federal/State student loans, etc.). Students have the right to appeal the suspension. All appeals will be reviewed by a committee.

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Jones Graduate School of Business website: https://business.rice.edu/