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The overall period of time actually required to satisfy Doctoral Program requirements varies depending upon the student's previous education and experience, the work load and performance, and the nature of the dissertation research.
Breadth Requirements A student must demonstrate the mastery of the basic functions and disciplines of business administration determined to be most related to the student's major field.
Required Coursework in Quantitative Methods, Economics, and Other Relevant Disciplines Each field requires advanced-level training in relevant quantitative techniques, economics, and behavioral sciences. This requirement is typically met by satisfactorily completing graduate courses in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. The specific types and amounts of courses depend on the major field.
Required Courses for All Doctoral Students All doctoral students must complete doctoral-level courses in research methodology and pedagogy. Part of these requirements may be satisfied by research and teaching internship assignments.
Major Field Professional Requirements Each field requires the doctoral student to complete two to four advanced professional courses. This requirement is designed to involve each student in current issues and problems at an advanced level in his or her chosen field.
Major Field Theory and Literature Students in each major field must complete a group of doctoral seminars in order to broaden and deepen their understanding of the significant literature and theory of their chosen field. For example:
Research Methodology in Marketing
Buyer and Consumer Behavior
Marketing Theory and Models
Survey of Current Literature
Production Planning and Control Systems
Strategic Management of Operations and Productivity Improvement
Current Research Literature
Major Field Research Paper Under the guidance of a faculty member, each student develops an intensive field or library-based study of a significant problem in the student's major field. Each student is expected to demonstrate independent research abilities, including selection of a research question, selection of research methodology, analyses of appropriate literature and data, and presentation of a written report on the research findings.
Major Field Examination This examination is normally taken by the end of the student's second year of full-time work. Administered by a committee which draws some of its members from outside The Darden School faculty, the examination is primarily concerned with a student's knowledge of the substantive content of the major field as defined by his or her general program of study. Each student should demonstrate doctoral-level skills and knowledge concerning the field's fundamental problems, theories, and conceptual frameworks and should show a well developed capacity to reason logically, orally and in writing. Each student should also demonstrate in-depth competence within an area of specialization within the major field.
Dissertation Research Proposal Each student is required to prepare a dissertation research proposal and to pass a proposal examination before conducting the research and writing the dissertation. The purpose of the proposal and the examination is to obtain assurance from the viewpoint of both the faculty and the student that the student has a worthwhile and feasible research project.
Dissertation Each student is required to present an acceptable dissertation based on an approved proposal. A reading committee, of which the dissertation supervisor is normally chairman, will determine whether a dissertation is acceptable. The dissertation is expected to contribute to knowledge in the field and to the resolution of a significant management problem.
Residence Requirements and Program Length University requirements for the doctoral degree are two continuous academic semesters of full-time graduate study in residence, or the equivalent, toward the doctoral degree -- not including previous semesters in residence at the University of Virginia for the purpose of obtaining another degree. Experience suggests, however, that a minimum two years of full-time work in residence is usually needed to complete the formal requirements of the degree.
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