Learn more about the Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration.

About the Program

The PhD in Business Administration program, with a concentration in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, engages the student in advanced research and scholarship. The primary emphasis of the program is to prepare future faculty members for successful academic careers.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 7 years

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: Full-time study is required.

Accreditation: The PhD in Business Administration program, with a concentration in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior, is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Job Prospects: The program is primarily dedicated to producing well-trained researchers who will work in academic positions.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students are not permitted to take doctoral courses.

Financing Opportunities: Typically, all PhD students receive financial assistantship in the form of full tuition remission and a stipend in return for offering services as a Research Assistant (RA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). The level of support is based on the concentration, the applicant’s qualifications, and other competitive considerations. Students may also receive remuneration for conference travel, publications and academic achievement.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:


Applications must be submitted AND complete (i.e., all required materials must be received and verified by Fox Staff) by Dec. 5 to be considered.  Applications received after this deadline are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and dependent on availability. 

APPLY ONLINE to this Fox graduate program.

Letters of Reference:
Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from evaluators, typically college/university faculty or an immediate work supervisor, who can provide insight into your abilities and talents, as well as comment on your aptitude for graduate study.

Master's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A master's degree is not required, but preferred.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: The equivalent of a four-year U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college is required. For three-year degrees, mark sheets must be evaluated by WES or another NACES organization.

Statement of Goals: In 500 to 1,000 words, describe your specific interest in Temple's program, research goals, career goals, and academic and research achievements.

Standardized Test Scores:
GMAT/GRE: Required. GMAT scores are preferred. Test results cannot be more than five years old. Although the applicant’s test score is an important factor in the admissions process, other factors, such as the ability to conduct research as demonstrated by academic research publications and whether your indicated research interests match with those of our faculty, are also taken into consideration.

Applicants who earned their baccalaureate degree from an institution where the language of instruction was other than English, with the exception of those who subsequently earned a master’s degree in a country where the language of instruction is English, must report scores for a standardized test of English that meet these minimums:

  • TOEFL iBT: 90
  • IELTS Academic: 7.0
  • Duolingo: 110
  • PTE Academic: 68

Resume: Current resume or CV required.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 48

Required Courses:1

Core HR Management and Organizational Behavior Seminars
HRM 9001Managing Human Resources3
HRM 9005Seminar in Functional Human Resource Management3
HRM 9006Doctoral Seminar in Meta-analysis and Research Synthesis Methods3
HRM 9011Pro-Seminar in Human Resource Management and Organization Behavior 23
HRM 9021Current Readings in Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior3
Theory and Research Methods Courses
BA 9001Organizations and Management Theory3
BA 9002Scientific Inquiry-Management Research3
BA 9003Seminar in Organizational Behavior3
BA 9207Quantitative Research Methods II3
BA 9208Quantitative Research Methods III3
PSY 8011Graduate Statistics I3
STAT 8112Statistical Methods for Business Research I3
Any other methods course 33
Select one from the following: 43
Directed Study in Business
Seminar in Judgment and Decision Making
Research Courses 56
Preliminary Examination Preparation
Pre-Dissertation Research
Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours48

Students require approval from their mentor and the Concentration Director for all course selections, including those dropped and/or added.


Students take HRM 9011 for a minimum of three credits, but may elect to take it for a total of six credits. Those who choose to complete the course for only three credits must substitute a three-credit elective for the remaining credits of HRM 9011.


Course selection must be approved by the Concentration Director.


The program of study may be individualized to a significant degree for the student's best professional and scholarly development. With approval from the Concentration Director, students may substitute another content/theory course that is relevant to their research program.


Of the 6 required research credits, a minimum of 2 credits of BA 9999 must be taken. The other 4 credits may be taken in any combination of BA 9994, BA 9998, and BA 9999. Given that 6 credits constitute the minimum requirement, additional credits may be needed to fulfill the degree program's culminating experiences. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment from matriculation to graduation.

Culminating Events: Students are expected to complete formal coursework within five academic terms. They then spend the remainder of the program working toward successful completion of these programmatic milestones:

  • A first- and second-year research paper
  • A comprehensive examination requirement
  • A dissertation proposal and defense
  • A final dissertation and defense


Program Web Address:

Department Information:

Fox School of Business and Management

1801 Liacouras Walk

701 Alter Hall (006-22)

Philadelphia, PA 19122



Fax: 215-204-1632

Submission Address for Application Materials:

Department Contacts:


Fox PhD Admissions

Concentration Director:

Dr. Brian Holtz

342 Alter Hall


PhD Managing Director:

Vinod Venkatraman, PhD

Associate Professor, Marketing