Doctor of Philosophy in International Management Studies
The University of Texas at Dallas
4 - 5 years
USD 18,276 / per semester
15 Dec 2023*
Earliest start date
* regular application deadline
The Ph.D. program in International Management Studies (I.M.S.) is offered by the Organizations, Strategy, and International Management (OSIM) area and focuses on the scholarly analysis of international, strategic, and organizational management issues. Topics such as multinational management, global business strategy, organizational design and change, technological and industrial development, corporate governance, and managerial decision-making are examined.
Ph.D. students in International Management Studies can major or minor in the following area:
- International Business
- Organizational Behavior
- Strategic Management
Students have the opportunity to be involved in ongoing research projects under the mentorship of experienced faculty. The emphasis is on student involvement in research early in their graduate careers. Close interaction with faculty members enables students to quickly learn to identify and develop research ideas and create their own research agenda. Our I.M.S. Ph.D. students are a diverse, energetic, and collegial group coming from countries such as China, Germany, India, South Korea, Turkey, and the United States. They are intelligent, hard-working, and active in research, publishing academic papers during and after they graduate from our program.
Students also develop teaching competence under faculty mentorship through teaching one or two sections of an undergraduate course, a relatively light teaching load compared to many other Ph.D. programs’ requirements. Several of our recent graduates, Yasuhiro Yamakawa, Brian Pinkham, and Canan Mutlu, won the Best Teacher Award in the “TA/Ph.D. Instructor” category in the Jindal School of Management, indicating that they were the best instructors among over 100 Ph.D. students of the school. Another graduate, Sergey Lebedev, won the Best Dissertation Award in the Jindal School of Management.
Scholarships and Funding
Financial support is available for highly qualified students.
The I.M.S. Ph.D. curriculum includes a business foundation, core courses, advanced seminars, a methodology requirement, directed readings, and independent research courses, and the dissertation. All students must take the Ph.D. courses that are offered in each of the first two years in the program. Students must satisfy a first-year research paper requirement which will be due at the end of the first year (also known as the preliminary exam). Students also must pass the comprehensive qualifying examination, which is administered at the end of the second year when all the relevant course requirements (Core Courses, Advanced Seminars, Research Methods) have been satisfied. It is intended to assess the student’s mastery of the basic theories and methodologies central to the program and to evaluate the student’s potential to do original research in an area of specialization. Ph.D. students must successfully complete the preliminary and qualifying examinations, respectively, to enter Ph.D. candidacy. The area faculty will determine whether a student has successfully completed the exam requirements based on the student’s performance. Criteria to evaluate students may include results from the in-class written portion of the exams, quality of research papers and/or presentations, performance in special courses (e.g. seminar courses), satisfactory GPA as determined by area faculty, and other forms of assessment as required by the student’s area. An unsatisfactory performance in any one criteria for either the preliminary examination or the qualifying examination may result in dismissal from the program.
After passing the qualifying exam, each student writes a dissertation proposal. The proposal is defended before a faculty committee appointed in consultation with the student, dissertation chair, and Ph.D. advisor. This committee also serves as the supervising committee for the dissertation after the proposal is approved. The Dissertation Proposal must be successfully defended at least one semester prior to the term of graduation. The requirements for the proposal defense should be discussed with the dissertation committee prior to scheduling the defense. Dissertation Proposal Defenses will be open to all faculty and Ph.D. students of the Jindal School of Management.
Curriculum (minimum of 75 hours)
Core Courses (33 hours)
Courses are required in strategic management, entrepreneurship, international business, organization theory and behavior, group and intergroup processes, social network theory, and organizational decision making. To prepare for a career in teaching, students take a doctoral teaching and writing seminar.
Research Methods (15 hours)
Methods courses are designed to improve and develop research skills. Courses include research methodology and classes in statistics and quantitative methods. Students are encouraged to take additional methods courses consistent with their research interests.
Dissertation (minimum of 12 hours)
The Ph.D. degree is conferred when the dissertation is successfully defended.
Graduates of the program seek positions such as professor or public or private sector researcher.
English Language Requirements
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