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Howe School of Technology Management
Doctoral Programs

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The School of Technology Management offers a Ph.D. with concentrations in Information Management, Technology Management, and Telecommunications Management. The Howe School also participates in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Telecommunications Management. Within these concentrations, students may focus their research on a number of more specialized areas in which the faculty has strength, including project management, innovation management, business intelligence and  social networks. The Ph.D. program is primarily designed for full-time students; however, outstanding part-time students may be admitted.

Admission and Graduation Requirements for Doctoral Program

Students may be admitted upon completion of the master's degree or its equivalent. All applicants to the Ph.D. program must submit either a GMAT or GRE score. International students whose native language is not English must also take the TOEFL test and an English-language proficiency examination administered by Stevens. In addition to the GRE or GMAT score, applicants are asked to submit with their application a sample of writing, such as a published paper, a master's thesis, a semester project paper, or an extensive case study for which they were the principal or sole author.

To obtain a Ph.D., a student needs to complete at least 90 credits beyond the bachelor degree level. A maximum of 30 credits is awarded for a master's degree from another school. Up to one-third of the additional course credits required above the thirty credits awarded for a master's degree can be transferred toward the Ph.D. with permission of the Ph.D. Advisory Committee provided they have not been used as credit toward another degree. As part of their coursework, students are required to attend research colloquia (lectures) given at the Howe School by prominent researchers.

When certified for candidacy following completion of the written exams and all coursework, students are required to write and defend a dissertation in a selected area of concentration. It is expected that doctoral dissertations will make significant contributions to the creation of knowledge and the development of theory and practice in a selected area. Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for specific requirements.

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Information Management Ph.D. Concentration

The Information Management concentration is designed for highly-qualified students interested in careers in teaching and research in the management of information. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in either academia or industry.

The concentration is based on the premise that information systems always exist within the context of a specific organization. Their effectiveness is greatly dependent upon the attitudes towards such systems of the individuals using them. With this in mind, students are required to take courses and seminars in information management and organizational behavior and theory. Appropriate preparation for this program is a Master of Science degree in Information Systems or its equivalent, Computer Science, and Telecommunications Management, or an M.B.A. Students with insufficient background in database management systems and organization theory may be asked to take introductory master's level courses for no credit toward the Ph.D. degree.

Typical Schedule for Information Management Ph.D. Students

The schedule below is an example of a schedule for a student with a Master's degree in Information Management or a related field. Core courses are shown in bold.

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First

MGT 718 Multivariate Analysis*
MGT 752 Mathematical Methods in Management
MIS 722 Business Process Management & Innovation

MGT 719 Quantitative Methods*
MGT 753* Theory in Management Research
Elective Course

End of First Year

The studentís status is reviewed by the Ph.D. Committee.

Second

MGT 730 Design and Analysis of Experiments*
MGT 726 Design Science*
MGT 778 Principles of Information Management I

MGT 721 Qualitative Research Methods*
MGT 723 Knowledge Management
MIS 850 IT and Strategy

End of Second Year

Students are qualified to take Comprehensive Exams in (1) research methods; and (2) the IS discipline during the third year in program**.

Third

MGT 960 Research in Management
One additional elective selected from the list below

MGT 960 Research in Management
One additional elective selected from the list below.
Dissertation research

End of Third Year

Successful Completion of Qualifying Examinations
Oral Defense of Dissertation Proposal*

Fourth

MGT 960 Research in Management
Completion and defense of doctoral dissertation

Note: **Students must complete these requirements before a dissertation proposal can be approved. Doctoral comprehensive examinations may be written or oral at the discretion of the committee chair. Guidance on electives should be obtained from the advisor.

Students in the Information Management program select one additional course or seminar from among the following:

Comprehensive Examination in Research Methods and Management Theory

This is a comprehensive examination on topics of methodology and management theory covered in the core courses. Students entering the program with a Masterís degree are expected to take this examination after completing the equivalent of two years of full-time study in the program. This examination will be prepared and scored by faculty members teaching the core courses. This examination must be passed before students can begin their dissertation.

Comprehensive Examination in the IS Discipline

This examination covers topics in the design and development of information systems, information management, process innovation, knowledge management and managing th IT organization as covered in the required IS Ph.D. courses: MGT 722, MGT 723, MGT 726, MIS 778 and MIS 850. These examinations are prepared and scored by the faculty involved in teaching these courses.

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Technology Management Ph.D. Concentration

The Ph.D. concentration in Technology Management is designed for highly-qualified students interested in careers in teaching and research. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in either academia or industry. A candidate for the Ph.D. program in Technology Management is expected to have demonstrated research competency in order to be admitted to the program.

Typical Schedule for Technology Management Ph.D. Students

The schedule below is an example of a schedule for a full-time student with a Master's degree. Core courses are shown in bold.

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First

MGT 718 Multivariate Analysis
MGT 752 Mathematical Methods in Management
Elective

MGT 719 Quantitative Methods
MGT 753 Theory in Management Research
Elective

End of 1st Year

The student's status is reviewed by the Ph.D. Committee.

Second

MGT 730 Design and Analysis of Experiments and
MGT 801B Special Problems in Management
MGT 711 PhD Seminar in Entrepreneurship Theory 

MGT Econ. Theory in Management Research* or
MGT 726 Design Science or Computational Methods in Management*
MGT 721 Qualitative Research Methods           
MGT 736 Research Seminar
Elective

End of 2nd year

Completion of independent research - for students who did not complete a Master's Thesis**
Successful completion of Qualifying exam in Research Methods

Third

MGT 960 Research in Management

MGT 960 Research in Management

End of 3rd year

Successful Completion of Doctoral Qualifying Examination**
Oral Defense of Dissertation Proposal**

End of 3rd or start of 4th year

Completion and defense of doctoral dissertation

 

Note: *Course under development. **Students must complete these requirements before a dissertation proposal can be approved. Doctoral preliminary examinations may be written or oral at the discretion of the committee chair. Courses in bold represent the common core. Guidance on electives should be obtained from the advisor.

Comprehensive Examination in Research Methods and Management Theory

This is a comprehensive examination on topics of methodology and management theory covered in the core courses. Students entering the program with a Masterís degree are expected to take this examination after completing the equivalent of two years of full-time study in the program. This examination will be prepared and scored by faculty members teaching the core courses. This examination must be passed before students can begin their dissertation.

Qualifying Examination in Technology Management

This is a comprehensive examination on topics related to the studentís area of research emphasis within the concentration in Technology Management, e.g., project management, entrepreneurship, leadership, and teams. The examination is to be taken after completing the equivalent of two years of full-time study. It is designed to demonstrate understanding and competence in this area and is further intended to determine the studentís fitness to begin the dissertation proposal stage of his/her research.

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Telecommunications Management Ph.D. Concentration

The Ph.D. concentration in Telecommunications Management is designed for highly qualified students interested in careers in teaching and research. Graduates are equipped to pursue careers in either academia or industry. A candidate for the Ph.D. program in Telecommunications Management is expected to have demonstrated research competency in order to be admitted to the program.

Typical Schedule for Telecommunications Management Ph.D. Students

The schedule below is an example of a schedule for a full-time student with a Masterís degree in Telecommunications Management or a related field. Core courses are shown in bold. MGT 960 must be taken to satisfy the remaining 24 points of the dissertation requirement. Core courses are shown in bold.

Year

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

First

MGT 718 Multivariate Analysis
MGT 752 Mathematical Methods in Management
MGT 716/726/736 or other electives

MGT 719 Quantitative Methods
MGT 753 Theory in Management Research
TM 765 Selected Topics in Telecom Management
MGT 736 Research Seminar in Telecom or Electives

End of 1st Year

The studentís status is reviewed by the Ph.D. Committee.

Second

MGT 730 Design and Analysis of Experiments
TM/MGT 801A Special Problems
Elective

MGT 716 Econ. Theory in Management Research*
or MGT 726 Design Science*
MGT 721 Qualitative Research Methods                          
TM/MGT 801B Special Problems
MGT 736 Research Seminar
Elective

End of 2nd year

Students are qualified to take Comprehensive exam covering core courses**; Qualifying exam in Telecommunications Management.

Third

MGT 960 Research in Management

MGT 960 Research in Management

End of 3rd year

Successful Completion of Qualifying Examination**
Oral Defense of Dissertation Proposal**

End of 3rd or start of 4th year

MGT 960 Research in Management
Completion and defense of doctoral dissertation

 

Notes: *Course under development. **Students must complete these requirements before a dissertation proposal can be approved. Doctoral qualifying exam may be written or oral at the discretion of the committee chair. Guidance on electives should be obtained from advisor.

Students in the Telecommunications Management program select two additional courses or seminars from among the following:

Comprehensive Examination in Research Methods and Management Theory

This is a comprehensive examination on topics of methodology and management theory covered in the core courses. Students entering the program with a Masterís degree are expected to take this examination after completing the equivalent of two years of full-time study in the program. This examination will be prepared and scored by faculty members teaching the core courses. This examination must be passed before students can begin their dissertation.

Qualifying Examination in Telecommunications Management

This is a comprehensive examination on Telecommunications Management subjects. Students entering the program with a Master's are expected to take this examination after the equivalent of two years of full-time in the program. This examination will be prepared and scored by the Telecommunications Management faculty. The qualifying examination in Telecommunications Management is designed to demonstrate your understanding and competence in areas relevant to Telecommunications Management: fundamentals of telecommunications and quantitative methods for telecommunications; and two areas from the following topics: engineering economics, policy and regulation, wireless, and performance analysis.

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Stevens-Fordham Exchange Program

Stevens has arranged an exchange program for Stevens graduate students with the Office of Graduate Studies of Business Administration at Fordham University, located at Lincoln Center in New York City.

This program enables graduate students at Stevens to enroll in advanced courses in accounting, finance, and marketing at the Graduate School of Business Administration at Fordham University, Lincoln Center, in New York. In turn, Fordham M.B.A. students can enroll in selected computer science and engineering courses at Stevens. Students register and pay for exchange courses at their home schools, and grades are sent directly to the Registrar of the home school. The School of Technology Management coordinates the program for Stevens.

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