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The program officially starts in mid-August with a statistics boot camp seminar. Students complete all program and discipline course requirements in the first two years. In the summer of their second year, students complete the comprehensive exam. At the end of their third year, students defend their thesis proposals. They then focus on their thesis research which ultimately leads to their thesis defense.

From the very beginning of the program, students work on research, present their ideas at conferences, write papers for publication and interact with academic peers from other universities.

Please note this page provides a general overview of the program and discipline requirements. Students will be provided with specific requirements upon entry in the program.New Timeline Years 1-4+

Program Course Requirements 

  • Statistics boot camp
  • Bus 9702 Multivariate Analysis
  • Bus 9704A / 9704B Research Methods
  • Electives:
    • Bus 9707 Qualitative Methods
    • Bus 9714 Causal Inference for Management
    • Bus 9861 Inequality and Business
    • Graduate-level advanced statistics/methods courses approved by the program


Discipline Course Requirements

Below are the course requirements of the respective disciplines. If further development is identified in any area, students may be required to take additional courses as requested by the student’s supervisor or the faculty discipline coordinator.

Program Milestones

  • Statistics Boot Camp
  • PhD Student Seminar Series
  • First Summer Research Paper (applies to Direct Entry Admissions only)
  • Teaching Requirement
  • Comprehensive Exam
  • Thesis Proposal Exam
  • Thesis Defense

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