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Ph.D. in Project Management

The Ph.D. in Project Management is designed to support the growing need for project management researchers and educators with Ph.D. degrees. It provides students with the skills necessary for successful academic, research, teaching, training, and consulting careers in the rapidly expanding field of project management.

Formal education programs in project management have been developed in recent years and an urgent need exists for qualified educators with doctoral degrees in Project Management to conduct relevant research in the field, to lead, and to teach in these programs.

The interest and demand for credentialed, qualified professionals in project management is exploding. There is a growing and evident global increase in the demand for well-educated, highly qualified professionals in project management. Knowledge is needed to develop competence, and that knowledge needs to be based on sound research and meaningful education and training. This research-intensive program promotes a culture of research and scholarship through use-inspired and interdisciplinary research.

Curricular Requirements
The following general requirements must be satisfied to complete the Ph.D. in Project Management:

  • 90.0 quarter credit hours total (or 45 credit hours post-M.S.)
  • Plan of study established with assigned faculty advisor
  • Qualifying courses
  • Candidacy exam
  • Approval of dissertation proposal
  • Defense of dissertation
  • Full-time residency is desired for the PhD degree to ensure students the opportunity for intellectual association with other scholars

Students entering with a master’s degree may be exempted from some or all of the courses in the breadth requirement; however, they are still required to meet all milestones of the program. Individual courses may also be transferred with approval of the Project Management program. The total credit amount, candidacy exam, and dissertation are University requirements. Additional requirements are determined by the Project Management program.

To be enrolled into the Ph.D. program, students must be accepted by the program and the faculty member with whom they will be working.