Ph.D. in Management

Exceed Your Limits with Sullivan's Online PhD in Management Program.

Thank you for your interest in Sullivan University's PhD in Management program! Our mission is to develop research and application skills thereby preparing individuals to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations. We also offer options for you, if you wish to enhance your career through teaching or training.

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Welcome from the Director of Sullivan University's Ph.D. in Management Program

We Believe in Developing the Leader in You

Thank you for your interest in Sullivan University's PhD in Management program. Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to become practitioners, to develop research and application skills, and to prepare individuals to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations. We also offer options for you, if you wish to enhance your career through teaching or training.

Our program draws on the strengths of dedicated, talented faculty members who guide and mentor students through coursework and research projects. In fact, numerous students have partnered with faculty to research and co-author scholarly articles and present at professional conferences. In addition, we encourage a cohort model with emphasis on developing and maintaining the relationships with both faculty and fellow students.

The curriculum is designed to teach you how to conduct research and develop research professionals. No doubt, you will work hard and make sacrifices to earn this degree. However, through perseverance and dedication, you can succeed and realize your dreams.

Cornerstone Requirements

Sixteen credit hours may be transferred into the PhD program from a Master's-level program into the PhD in Management. Cornerstone courses must be from:

  • Two courses closely aligned with the macro and micro-level courses required in the management core.
  • A research course equivalent to Sullivan University's QNT 550 or CSC 550.
  • A course in the student's concentration area or a root discipline of the concentration area.
  • Cornerstone courses or their equivalents that are determined at the discretion of the PhD Admissions Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.


Management Core

Twenty credit hours are required to provide foundational knowledge of theory-based courses and content for all students in the PhD programs. Generally, these courses provide students with baseline knowledge expected from all PhD students in Management. The management core courses cover the following: organizational theory, organizational behavior, human capital management, strategic management, and a course that integrates both organizational theory and organizational behavior in the study of innovation and change in organizations.


Research Core

Twenty-four credits are required as a research core. The PhD is a research certification, and the research core courses are designed to provide students with knowledge and experience to function as high-level researchers in academic, business, and government organizations. All PhD students take requisite coursework in research methods, research design, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, proposal development, and mixed methods.


Concentration Area

Sixteen hours are required for a primary concentration or area of study. Students may choose one of the four concentration areas below:

  • Strategic Management (Strategy)
  • Conflict Management
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Information Technology Management (IT Management)

The student's primary concentration area includes four courses common to all students who choose a particular concentration area.


Comprehensive Exam

Two credit hours are awarded for successful completion of the comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam is offered in the term immediately following the student's successful completion of PhD courses. Credits are awarded on a pass/fail basis, and no letter grade or quality points will be assigned for completion of the comprehensive exam.


Dissertation

A minimum of 12 credit hours are awarded for dissertation research. Credits are awarded after a student successfully defends a PhD dissertation, and it’s accepted by the Dean of the Graduate School as “completion of requirements” for the PhD Degree.


Residencies

Residencies are required for each of the first two years of students’ enrollment in PhD studies; however, no credit hours are awarded.


Go to the Limit with a Ph.D. in Management from Sullivan University

Sullivan's Doctor of Philosophy in Management builds on your background in management and challenges you to think critically and creatively about today's management issues so you can:

  • Maximize your potential as a leader and a scholar within your organization
  • Contribute relevant, original research with real-life applications
  • Further your professional development by providing opportunities in teaching or management training

Plus, since Sullivan's Ph.D. program is offered completely online, you don't have to give up your career in order to take your education to the next level.

Choose a Concentration Depending on your Research Interests and Professional Goals:

  • Strategic Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Information Technology Management

Why Earn Your Ph.D. in Management?

  • A Ph.D. in Management opens many doors. Earning your doctoral degree means becoming a practitioner-scholar with the skills and expertise required for a variety of career opportunities including:
  • Teaching at the college or university level
  • Management consulting
  • Upper-level public or corporate policymaking
  • Managing organizations at the senior or executive level
  • Make a name for yourself in both the academic and business realms by conducting and publishing original research and contributing new ideas to the field.
  • Take advantage of the recognizable credibility that comes with earning a Ph.D.

Why Our Students Chose Sullivan

  • Strategic Management
  • Sullivan University's PhD in Management embraces the scholar-practitioner model.
  • Sullivan University prepares practitioners to develop research and application skills that enable them to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations.
  • Students have opportunities to conduct quantitative and qualitative pilot studies that prepare them for dissertation research.

Program Highlights

Benefits

  • Our engaged faculty teaches through practical work experience.
  • No GRE/GMAT testing is required.
  • We utilize a practice-based curriculum.


Online Format with Both Flexibility & Credibility

This is the accredited online Doctorate program that you've been seeking! Unlike other schools, we do not require residence or full-time participation, so you can complete coursework and dissertation entirely online from anywhere in the world. And, since Sullivan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Doctorates, this degree equips you with the expertise to meet and exceed your career ambitions.


Research-intensive. Student-focused.

It’s crucial to a field’s advancement that new and compelling ideas are presented. This is especially evident in the pursuit of any Doctoral Degree. Our mission is to help you master quantitative and qualitative research methods and analysis that will subsequently lead to subject expertise through your dissertation research.


Built-in Support Network

Students entering the program at the same time also take many classes alongside each other, creating a “cohort” of like-minded individuals to lean on throughout the rigor and reward of the PhD program.


Culture of Collaboration

At Sullivan, distance education never means compromising opportunities for student-faculty collaboration. In fact, you will work closely with your instructors from start to finish. This begins with your individual faculty mentor who is your constant resource throughout your first quarter of study. It then continues through to your dissertation committee that will guide you through the process of becoming a doctor of management. In addition, it is very common for our Doctoral students and faculty to engage in research together, often co-authoring scholarly articles and presenting at professional conferences.


Emphasis on Advancement

A PhD in Management is all about reaching new heights--intellectually, personally, and professionally. If you're interested in pursuing a career in management education, training, or research, our paid teaching assistant and research assistant positions provide invaluable experience to fit your specific professional aspirations.

For more information on Sullivan's accreditation, contact Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA, 404.479.4501, www.sacs.org


2015 Ph.D. Retreat

Objectives

To prepare students to conduct scholarly research relevant to the management of organizations in the public and private sectors

To prepare students for responsible positions in private and public sectors

To prepare management practitioners to develop research and application skills that will enable them to serve as leaders and scholars in their organizations

To help public and private sector organizations solve critical problems, make better decisions, and create fast-paced environments built on performance excellence

Student Learning Outcomes

The ability to:

  • Apply principles and theories of organizational management into a variety of work settings
  • Analyze and review research critically
  • Identify research topics in one of four concentration areas
  • Conduct searches of scholarly and practitioner literature
  • Select appropriate research designs and statistics
  • Design quantitative and qualitative based research studies
  • Develop expertise in a topic by conducting a major research project

Admission Requirements

Admission into the PhD program in management is highly selective, with applicants being selected based on certain prerequisites. Primary factors considered include the applicant's graduate grade point averages, significant experience in a professional managerial capacity, career interests and goals discussed in an essay, the applicant's aptitude for PhD study and advanced-level research, and professional recommendations. Applicants who seek admission into the PhD program must submit the following materials for consideration by the PhD Admissions Committee within 15 days prior to the start of PhD studies:

  • Completed Graduate School application form.
  • Non-refundable enrollment fee.
  • Official transcripts indicating completed, related Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from a regionally accredited university or from a non-U.S. institution with comparable accreditation. A minimum 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for Master's course work is required.
  • Contact information for three references from past or current employers, university professors, or professional associations. Personal references from family and friends are not accepted.
  • A minimum of 750-word essay describing how your goals and experiences make you a superior candidate to pursue research and studies in management.

The PhD admissions process has two stages. First, an applicant must submit all required documentation to the PhD Admissions Committee by Wednesday of Week 9 of PhD courses. Second, all members of the PhD Admissions Committee review the application package, which includes all required documents, and decide whether or not to admit the applicant into the PhD program. All decisions rendered by the committee and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School are considered final.


Credit Hours for Completion

When students complete their Doctoral coursework and pass their comprehensive exams, they enroll in MGT/CMM/CSC/HRL 799 Dissertation, a four credit hour course that requires full-time enrollment. For the first academic year, three subsequent sections must be successfully completed for a total of 12 credit hours. Students who do not complete their dissertation research after the first academic year are enrolled in MGT/CMM/CSC/HRL 799 Dissertation. This is a four credit hour course that requires full-time enrollment, each quarter, until they successfully defend their dissertations or until they reach the seven-year maximum time limit-- whichever comes first. Students who continue to register for the 799 course beyond the 12 hours normally required will only be charged the contracted tuition rate for one credit hour.

Given this, students may be required to register for and accumulate hours in excess of the stated minimum number of hours (90) for completion.


Transfer Credits

A student may transfer up to 44 credit hours of PhD coursework from a regionally accredited Doctoral program in areas closely related to the concentration area and management and research cores. Comprehensive exam hours and dissertation hours are ineligible for transfer and are not included in the transfer policy. Transfer of credits will be considered by the PhD Admissions Committee, and all decisions rendered by the committee and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School are considered final.


Tuition

The program has recently gone from $850 to $780 per credit hour. That's a savings of $5,180 for the entire program!

FAQ's

Students pursuing a PhD in Management at Sullivan University may choose from four different concentrations:

  • Strategic Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Information Technology

The student's program includes coursework, projects, and other educational activities to prepare the student for successful completion of the Doctoral comprehensive examination and for the development, implementation, and defense of the Doctoral dissertation. Although the PhD in Management is determined largely by the concentration area selected by the student, all students take 24 units of research core, 20 units of management core, 12 units from their selected concentration, two units of comprehensive exam, and a minimum of 16 units of dissertation. In addition, all students will attend a minimum of two PhD student retreats to fulfill their residency requirement.

Sullivan University's PhD in Management students take 15 courses. Then, once all course work is completed and they pass their comprehensive exams, they are scheduled for Dissertation courses. They continue enrolling in the Dissertation course until they successfully defend their dissertation research.

The length of the program depends on whether a student is enrolled full-time or part-time. Full-time students take two courses per quarter, and they may complete their formal coursework in two years. Part-time students taking one course per quarter may complete the coursework in four years. Of course, withdrawing from a course or taking a quarter off from school will extend the length of time it takes to complete the coursework.

New students are assigned a mentor who will mentor and advise them during their first year in the program. At the beginning of their second year of coursework, students will select their advisory committee. The advisory committee typically consists of three members and is headed by the Advisory Committee Chair. All committee members must have earned Doctorates from a regionally-accredited university. The Advisory Chair and one committee member must be Sullivan University full-time faculty members or Doctorally-qualified administrators. The third committee member may be from outside the department or outside Sullivan University.

Then, at the end of formal coursework--and, after successfully passing the comprehensive exam--students will select their dissertation committee. The dissertation committee consists of three members: the dissertation committee chairperson (Dissertation Chair), the methodologist, and one other person. Although students are encouraged to retain members of their PhD advisory committees as dissertation committee members, they are not required to do so.

Curriculum Requirements

Cornerstone Requirements

Sixteen credit hours may be transferred into the PhD program from a Master's-level program into the PhD in Management. Cornerstone courses must be from:

  • Two courses closely aligned with the macro and micro-level courses required in the management core.
  • A research course equivalent to Sullivan University's QNT 550 or CSC 550.
  • A course in the student's concentration area or a root discipline of the concentration area.
  • Cornerstone courses or their equivalents that are determined at the discretion of the PhD Admissions Committee and the Dean of the Graduate School.


Management Core

Twenty credit hours are required to provide foundational knowledge of theory-based courses and content for all students in the PhD programs. Generally, these courses provide students with baseline knowledge expected from all PhD students in Management. The management core courses cover the following: organizational theory, organizational behavior, human capital management, strategic management, and a course that integrates both organizational theory and organizational behavior in the study of innovation and change in organizations.


Research Core

Twenty-four credits are required as a research core. The PhD is a research certification, and the research core courses are designed to provide students with knowledge and experience to function as high-level researchers in academic, business, and government organizations. All PhD students take requisite coursework in research methods, research design, quantitative and qualitative research and analysis, proposal development, and mixed methods.


Concentration Area

Sixteen hours are required for a primary concentration or area of study. Students may choose one of the four concentration areas below:

  • Strategic Management (Strategy)
  • Conflict Management
  • Human Resource Leadership
  • Information Technology Management (IT Management)

The student's primary concentration area includes four courses common to all students who choose a particular concentration area.


Comprehensive Exam

Two credit hours are awarded for successful completion of the comprehensive exam. The comprehensive exam is offered in the term immediately following the student's successful completion of PhD courses. Credits are awarded on a pass/fail basis, and no letter grade or quality points will be assigned for completion of the comprehensive exam.


Dissertation

A minimum of 12 credit hours are awarded for dissertation research. Credits are awarded after a student successfully defends a PhD dissertation, and it’s accepted by the Dean of the Graduate School as “completion of requirements” for the PhD Degree.


Residencies

Residencies are required for each of the first two years of students’ enrollment in PhD studies; however, no credit hours are awarded.


Grad School Courses

Courses

Course
Title
Credit Hours
Ph.D. Research Core
GRAD 710
Research Design and Analysis
4.00
GRAD 712
Quantitative Research and Analysis
4.00
GRAD 716
Qualitative Research and Analysis
4.00
GRAD 717
Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis
4.00
GRAD 718
Advanced Quantitative Research and Analysis
4.00
GRAD 719
Mixed Methods Research and Design
4.00
Research Core Credit Hours: 24
Management Core
MGT 711
Organizations and External Environments
4.00
MGT 712
Seminar in Strategic Management
4.00
MGT 713
Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations
4.00
MGT 714
Seminar in Human Capital Management
4.00
MGT 715
Managing Innovation and Change in Organizations
4.00
MGT/CMM 797
Ph.D Program Residency
0.00
MGT/CMM 798
Comprehensive Doctoral Exam
2.00
MGT/CMM 799
Dissertation Research
16.00
Management Core Credit Hours: 38
Conflict Management Area
CMM 721
Philosophical and Social Issues in Conflict Management
4.00
CMM 724
Organizational Conflict Management Analysis and Intervention
4.00
CMM 795
Proposal Development - CMM
4.00
Conflict Management Area Credit Hours 12
Human Resource Leadership Area
HRL 721
High-Performance Human Resource Leadership
4.00
HRL 724
Workforce Analytics and Technology
4.00
HRL 795
Proposal Development - HRL
4.00
Human Resource Leadership Area Credit Hours: 12
Information Technology Management Area
CSC 722
Data Mining and Business Intelligence
4.00
CSC 734
Knowledge Management Practical Application I
1.00
CSC 735
Knowledge Management Practical Application II
1.00
CSC 736
Knowledge Management Practical Application III
1.00
CSC 737
Knowledge Management Practical Application IV
1.00
CSC 795
Proposal Development - CSC
4.00
Information Technology Management Area Credit Hours 12
Strategic Management Area
MGT 721
Industry Structure and Competitive Advantage
4.00
MGT 726
Seminar in Strategy and Public Policy
4.00
MGT 795
Proposal Development - MGT
4.00
Strategic Management Area Credit Hours 12
Total Hours
Core, Exam and Dissertation
62
Concentration Area
12
Cornerstone Courses
16
Ph.D. Research Core
Course:
GRAD 710
Title:
Research Design and Analysis
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GRAD 712
Title:
Quantitative Research and Analysis
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GRAD 716
Title:
Qualitative Research and Analysis
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GRAD 717
Title:
Advanced Qualitative Research and Analysis
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GRAD 718
Title:
Advanced Quantitative Research and Analysis
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
GRAD 719
Title:
Mixed Methods Research and Design
Credit Hours:
4.00
Research Core Credit Hours: 24
Management Core
Course:
MGT 711
Title:
Organizations and External Environments
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 712
Title:
Seminar in Strategic Management
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 713
Title:
Individual and Group Behavior in Organizations
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 714
Title:
Seminar in Human Capital Management
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 715
Title:
Managing Innovation and Change in Organizations
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT/CMM 797
Title:
Ph.D Program Residency
Credit Hours:
0.00
Course:
MGT/CMM 798
Title:
Comprehensive Doctoral Exam
Credit Hours:
2.00
Course:
MGT/CMM 799
Title:
Dissertation Research
Credit Hours:
16.00
Management Core Credit Hours: 38
Conflict Management Area
Course:
CMM 721
Title:
Philosophical and Social Issues in Conflict Management
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
CMM 724
Title:
Organizational Conflict Management Analysis and Intervention
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
CMM 795
Title:
Proposal Development - CMM
Credit Hours:
4.00
Conflict Management Area Credit Hours 12
Human Resource Leadership Area
Course:
HRL 721
Title:
High-Performance Human Resource Leadership
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
HRL 724
Title:
Workforce Analytics and Technology
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
HRL 795
Title:
Proposal Development - HRL
Credit Hours:
4.00
Human Resource Leadership Area Credit Hours: 12
Information Technology Management Area
Course:
CSC 722
Title:
Data Mining and Business Intelligence
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
CSC 734
Title:
Knowledge Management Practical Application I
Credit Hours:
1.00
Course:
CSC 735
Title:
Knowledge Management Practical Application II
Credit Hours:
1.00
Course:
CSC 736
Title:
Knowledge Management Practical Application III
Credit Hours:
1.00
Course:
CSC 737
Title:
Knowledge Management Practical Application IV
Credit Hours:
1.00
Course:
CSC 795
Title:
Proposal Development - CSC
Credit Hours:
4.00
Information Technology Management Area Credit Hours 12
Strategic Management Area
Course:
MGT 721
Title:
Industry Structure and Competitive Advantage
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 726
Title:
Seminar in Strategy and Public Policy
Credit Hours:
4.00
Course:
MGT 795
Title:
Proposal Development - MGT
Credit Hours:
4.00
Strategic Management Area Credit Hours 12
Course:
Core, Exam and Dissertation
Credit Hours:
62
Course:
Concentration Area
Credit Hours:
12
Course:
Cornerstrone Courses
Credit Hours:
16
Total Credit Hours: 90.00

GRAD 712 & GRAD 716 - Grad 710 is a prerequisite

GRAD 718 - GRAD 710 & GRAD 712 are prerequisites

GRAD 719 - GRAD 710, GRAD 712 & GRAD 716 are prerequisites

GRAD 717 - GRAD 710 & GRAD 716 are prerequisites

CMM 795 / HRL 795 / CSC 795 / MGT 795 - Last term of doctoral classes