From day one, all students are associated with a supervisor who acts as a mentor throughout the program of study (see Academic Skills).
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 presents the courses required to complete the PhD in Business program. The courses are generally completed in the first two years of the PhD in Business Program (or longer, depending on progress). Phd Students take comprehensive examinations in the summer after coursework is completed.
You can click through the courses listed below to view sample syllabi. Reading materials and assignments may change at the discretion of the instructors. View courses by semester (subject to change).
Interdisciplinary Business Core
Teaching Workshops: noncredit-bearing, required
Specialized Electives (3)
Behavioral and Experimental Economics
Environment, Society, and Government
Independent Summer Course (Year 1)
Qualitative Research Methods II
Quantitative Analysis III
Quantitative Analysis IV
Quantitative Analysis V
First Year - Fall
First Year - Summer
Independent Research Project
Second Year -Spring
In years three and four (or upon completion of the courses and comprehensive examinations) students will move forward to:
Teaching assignment (one course per semester for students on stipend/grants)
'PhD Candidate' status obtained upon submission and defense of the Dissertation proposal.
Teaching assignment (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.