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Bentley Introduces Its First Business PhD Programs

November 16, 2005

Waltham, MA - Bentley College, a national leader in business education, received approval on November 17 from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education to launch its first doctoral programs in Business and Accountancy, beginning in September 2006.


Addressing a growing demand for business PhDs, Bentley has designed two rigorous doctoral programs with an uncommon approach: flexible, personalized programs supported by a team of advisors from day one; research that crosses traditional disciplines -- drawing on expertise from business and the arts and sciences; access to state-of-the-art technological resources; and full tuition remission and an annual stipend for select applicants. (For more information on the program, go to


"Bentley launches these doctoral programs as the demand for business PhDs is exploding," says Robert D. Galliers, Bentley Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs." Our research shows that business schools need specific talents in their new faculty members, including a publication record, teaching experience, and subject domain and methods expertise. The Bentley PhD programs will combine disciplinary rigor and a broad-based curriculum, directly responding to growing concerns about PhD programs that are too narrow in scope, too highly theoretical, or both. Our goal is to produce a new generation of scholar-teacher-practitioners who will be eminently prepared for rewarding careers in academia, business, or both."


A shortage of 1,142 business PhDs in the US is predicted by 2008, according to the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). By 2013, the gap will exceed 2,400.


A survey of business deans at AACSB member schools shows an increasingly competitive marketplace and a lack of PhD programs that produce qualified faculty are the key challenges for business schools in hiring top professors.


Bentley's two new PhD programs will have a thematic focus on business, technology and society, drawing from Bentley's key areas of expertise. These include global commerce and cultures, ethics and social responsibility, business and information technology, and the intersections of the arts and the sciences with business.


The two PhD degrees - in Business and in Accountancy - will share common methodology courses, with students in both programs also taking four specialized courses that fit with their particular research interests. Additionally, each candidate will pursue independent study to develop and refine their research proposal; present their research in regular seminars and, during the final two years of the program, teach up to one course per semester.


"Firmly rooted in a cross disciplinary structure, the new doctoral programs at Bentley are distinguished by the range of opportunities they offer," states Professor Sue Newell, Program Director. "A candidate's master's degree in a business discipline or in the arts and sciences will have sparked their vision of research possibilities. Bentley PhD programs will enable them to define, investigate and achieve that vision - supported by an advising team that will be with them every step of the way." Newell adds, "In some ways, our programs combine the strengths of the European and North American traditions: rigorous methodological and subject matter training, combined with close supervision from the outset."

The new PhD programs round out a comprehensive portfolio of programs introduced by Bentley over the last year including:

  • The MS+MBA, an accelerated two-year program that delivers deep technical expertise and broad leadership skills.
  • The Business Gateway program, a full-time, eight-week residential program tailored for students graduating from liberal arts colleges to prepare them for the business world and graduate studies.
  • The Master of Science in Real Estate Management (MSREM), the only graduate program in New England focused on the management of - versus the development of - commercial and residential property.
  • The Liberal Studies Major, an optional second major in Liberal Studies for business majors studying at the undergraduate level at Bentley.



BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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