Program Requirements: Management
Below please find the 2012-2013 program requirements.
A minimum of 13 semester courses at doctoral level are required. MBA course requirements are outlined below.
I. Foundational Courses (4 courses)
1. Perspectives on Management Research: This one semester course exposes students to cutting edge research across a spectrum of management functions and demonstrates how various types of research contribute to important management questions. Students are introduced to a range of vibrant scholars and are encouraged to foster a research community across the first year cohort.
- HBS 4008. Perspectives on Management Research
2.Organizational Analysis and Behavior: A comprehensive two semester series on organizational theory and behavior.
- HBS 4480: Macro Topics in Organizational Behavior
- HBS 4482: Micro Topics in Organizational Behavior
3. DBA Research Workshop: This year long course provides a structured research experience in which students can work on both the substance of a project and learn about the process of research. The course also provides a continual stimulus to completing a required second-year paper.
- HBS 4006. DBA Research Workshop
II. Research Methods Courses (4 courses)
Students must take four research methods courses.
- HBS 4070. Design of Field Research Methods
Students must take three additional research methods courses from either behavioral sciences research methods or econometric research methods. Research methods courses that meet this requirement include, but are not limited to:
- Behavioral Science Research Methods
- HBS 4809. Seminar in Applied Statistical Methods
- Psychology 1950. Intermediate Statistical Analysis in Psychology
- Psychology 1952. Multivariate Analysis in Psychology
- Sociology 202. Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods
- Sociology 203a. Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
- Sociology 203b. Analysis of Longitudinal Data
- Econometric Research Methods
- Economics 1123. Introduction to Econometrics
- Economics 2120. Introduction to Applied Econometrics (prerequisite Economics 2110)
- KSG API 210i. Advanced Quantitative Methods II
- Statistics 210. Probability Theory
- Statistics 232. Incomplete Multivariate Data
- Research Design Courses
- HBS 4070. Design of Field Research Methods
- HBS 4435. Experimental Methods
- HBS 4430. Field Experiments
- Gov 2001. Advanced Quantitative Research Methodology
III. Additional Doctoral Courses (5 courses)
Management students are required to take five additional doctoral courses. Management students are required to take five additional elective doctoral courses and are strongly encouraged to take one of the following series:
- HBS 4010/Economics 2020a. Microeconomic Theory I
- HBS 4011/Economics 2020b. Microeconomic Theory II
- Psychology 2630. Social Behavior in Organizations: Research Seminar
- Psychology 2500. Advanced Social Psychology
- Sociology 204. Sociological Theory: Seminar
- Sociology 243. Organizational Analysis: Seminar
IV. Business Education for Scholars and Teachers (3 courses offered in January term)
- January term Year 1: Business Education for Scholars and Teachers - Foundations (BEST/Foundations): This three-week, full day immersion course introduces students to basic functions of management and markets, including accounting, marketing, management, finance, and operations.
- January term Year 2: Business Education for Scholars and Teachers - Integration (BEST/Integration): This three-week course introduces students to strategy, capital markets, and international economics, through case-based classes at HBS and field work.
- January term Year 3: Business Education for Scholars and Teachers - Teach (BEST/Teach): This one-week course introduces students to curriculum development, module development, presentation skills, and teaching methods.
V. MBA Course (recommended 1 course)
It is recommended that all students complete one case-based HBS MBA course.
VI. Research Seminars (recommended 1 course)
Students are strongly encouraged to attend and participate in seminars throughout their program. Students are expected to attend the:
- Organizational Behavior Unit Seminar
To remain in good academic standing, DBA students are expected to maintain a B+ grade point average.
Students are required to complete a teaching engagement of one full academic term that includes at least 8 hours, or 3 class sessions, of front-of-class teaching experience and at least 16 hours of teaching preparation time.
Students are required to pass the Special Field Exam at the end of the second year or beginning of the third year. This exam has two parts: a written exam and an oral exam based on a research paper a student has written.
By the end of their third year, all students are required to obtain approval of their dissertation proposal by their Dissertation Chair.
Students are required to write a dissertation, which typically takes the form of three publishable papers, to the satisfaction of their Dissertation Committee. The dissertation defense is oral and open to the public.