The following policies and procedures have been adopted by DISC for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree and supersede all prior Department policies and procedures pertaining to this program. These policies and procedures shall be applied beyond those required by the Bauer College of Business (Bauer) and the University. College and University policies shall take precedence over departmental policies in the case of direct conflict.
The Bauer admission requirements represent the minimum criteria for a candidate to be considered for admission in the Ph.D. program in DISC. Having achieved these minima, the candidate's application will be reviewed by the DISC Ph.D. committee. The DISC Ph.D. Coordinator then makes admission recommendations to the Graduate Programs Office of the College.
The student's Advisory (coursework) Committee chairperson shall be named during the first semester of the student's enrollment in the program. Approval of the members of the Advisory Committee by the DISC Ph.D. Coordinator is required. This committee has primary responsibility for:
- Structuring the coursework program and insuring that all program requirements and equivalencies are satisfied.
- Monitoring the student's progress.
- Supervising the oral comprehensive examination.
Consistent with Bauer Guidelines, each candidate will be formally evaluated on an annual basis. This evaluation will encompass the following aspects of the students' performance:
- Performance in coursework.
- Performance as a teaching/research assistant.
- Attendance at and participation in DISC related research/seminar series at the college and the University.
- Progress toward completion of degree.
Form of the Evaluation
The evaluation will be conducted by the DISC Ph.D. coordinator with input from DISC faculty. After considering all relevant information including, but not limited to, that provided by the chairperson of that candidate's Advisory Committee or Dissertation Committee and the student’s faculty research or teaching mentors, one of four recommendations will be made to the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs:
- The candidate's progress is satisfactory in all regards, and the candidate should be retained in the program.
- The candidate's progress is unsatisfactory in some regards, and the candidate should be carefully counseled and monitored to eliminate these deficiencies.
- The candidate's progress is unsatisfactory and gives cause for serious concern, and the candidate should be placed on probation with a specified time for correcting the noted deficiencies.
- The candidate's progress does not warrant continuation in the program and the candidate should be dismissed from the program.
Written copies of the evaluation will be transmitted to the candidate, the chairperson of that candidate's Advisory Committee or Dissertation Committee, and the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs.
Dismissal from Program
In the event that the recommendation is dismissal from the program, a majority vote by the tenure-track faculty in the DISC area is required. Consistent with Bauer Guidelines, the action of dismissing a candidate from doctoral program is the responsibility of the Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs.
It is the policy of the Department to provide financial assistance to most entering Ph.D. students requesting such aid, subject to funding limitations. Compensation ranges from $31,870 to $35,710, based on a $2100 per month stipend with annual increases through the third year, also on a fellowship during a student’s first two years and teaching compensation thereafter, plus tuition waiver (less student-paid fees). Every May or June each Ph.D. student will be evaluated by the Department for continuation in the program and eligibility to receive financial aid.