From day one, all students are associated with a supervisor who acts as a mentor throughout the program of study. The curriculum is designed to ensure that the academic program at Bentley provides an in-depth understanding of your chosen subject area as well as a broad appreciation of business in the context of the global economy. This grounding enables you to develop the philosophical underpinnings and the tools and techniques necessary to conduct quality business-relevant research.
PhD Program Design: Depth and Breadth
The table below lists the courses required to complete the PhD in Business program. We invite you to click through this list to view sample syllabi. Please note, reading materials and assignments may change at the discretion of the instructor. For a listing of courses by semester please click here: View courses by semester.
Interdisciplinary Business Core
Developmental Teaching Program & Workshop: noncredit-bearing, required
Course Shadowing - Spring Year 2
Teaching Workshop - Summer Year 2
Specialized Electives (3)
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Independent Summer Course (Year 1)
Qualitative Research Methods II
Quantitative Analysis III
Quantitative Analysis IV
Quantitative Analysis V
|Fall Year One||Spring Year One||Summer Year One|
|Independent Summer Course|
|Fall Year Two||Spring Year Two||Summer Year Two|
In years three and four (or upon completion of the courses and comprehensive examinations) students will move forward to:
Teaching assignment ((normally one course per semester)
'PhD Candidate' status obtained upon submission and defense of the Dissertation proposal.
Teaching assignment (normally one course per semester)
Dissertation submitted and examined. The PhD is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation.
At any point following the completion of course work, a student may choose to leave the program with a terminal Master's in Business Research degree. This degree is awarded instead of a PhD; students who continue on to complete their PhD do not receive a Master's degree.