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Business Curriculum and Syllabi

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

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Information Systems 
Microeconomic Theory 
Organizational Theory 
Philosophy of the Social Sciences 
Business Workshop 

Methodology Courses

Qualitative Research Methods I 
Quantitative Analysis I 
Quantitative Analysis II
Quantitative Research Methods I 

Teaching Workshops: noncredit-bearing, required

Spring, Year One and Fall, Year 2

Specialized Electives (3)

Behavioral and Experimental Economics 
Econometrics 
Environment, Society, and Government 
Independent Summer Course (Year 1) 
Organizational Behavior 
Qualitative Research Methods II
 
Quantitative Analysis III 
Quantitative Analysis IV 
Quantitative Analysis V 
Strategic Management

Courses by Semester

First Year - Fall

Philosophy of the Social Sciences
Quantitative Research Methods I
Quantitative Analysis I
Business Workshop

First Year - Spring
Qualitative Research Methods I
Quantitative Analysis II
Organizational Theory
Business Workshop

First Year - Summer
Independent Research Project

Second Year - Fall
Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
Microeconomic Theory
Elective

Second Year -Spring
Information Systems
Elective
Elective

In years three and four (or upon completion of the courses and comprehensive examinations) students will move forward to:

Year Three
Teaching assignment (one course per semester for students on stipend/grants)
'PhD Candidate' status obtained upon submission and defense of the Dissertation proposal.

Year Four
Teaching assignment (one course per semester)
Dissertation submitted and examined. The PhD is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation.

Master's Degree

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.