With guidance from an advisor, each PhD student completes customized coursework to fulfill the requirement of 32 credits. This coursework includes classes in both research methodology and in your major area.
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Students complete a minimum of four courses (12 credits). While required to develop basic research background in multiple research areas, most students ultimately specialize in the research area and methodology that best suits their skills and research
interests. Research courses can be drawn from inside or outside the Wisconsin School of Business. Research coursework may be used to fulfill the requirements for the major and minor program.
Major Area of Interest
Students work with their advisor to choose a major area of interest. If you enter the PhD program with a master’s degree in your major area, you may complete the required coursework in two years. Students without a relevant master’s degree may take an additional semester to complete the required coursework.
Before becoming a dissertator, PhD students must complete 32 credits of coursework and pass a preliminary exam, which includes two parts: a written exam and an oral presentation of an original research paper.