2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) 
    
    Sep 28, 2022  
2022–2023 Walden University Catalog (March 2022) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Management


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The ACBSP-accredited online PhD in Management degree from Walden University takes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of management and its influence on the development of individuals and society. Students conduct original research in a specific area of interest as they focus on current management research problems and connect their research to implications for positive social change. Students may choose a specialization that fits a personal or career objective or design an individualized specialization. PhD in Management students explore the challenges and opportunities in their profession and within today’s organizations. Aligning with Walden’s mission of positive social change, students also study ways to facilitate positive social change through original research in management, ethical decision making and theoretical challenges to enhance their capabilities as researchers, scholars, managers, teachers, or consultants.

Learning Outcomes


  1. Evaluate the evolution of the field of management and organizations and its influence on human and societal development.
  2. Analyze key theories, concepts, and tools as they relate to the functioning of leadership and organizations.
  3. Evaluate management and systems thinking principles that have influenced the development of organizations and societal systems.
  4. Evaluate the relevance of seminal, current, and emerging management and organizational change theory and practice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
  5. Demonstrate the skills needed to conduct research that contributes to positive social change.

Completion Program


Students who have been in a PhD Management program at another institution and only need to complete their dissertation may be eligible to earn their doctorate through Walden’s PhD completion program .

Full Program


Specializations


Changing specializations may increase a student’s expected time-to-degree completion and cost.

Minimum Degree Requirements


  • Doctoral Writing Assessment (0 cr.)
  • Core courses (20 cr.)
  • Specialization courses (15 cr.)
  • Foundation Research Sequence (15 cr.)
  • Advanced Research course (5 cr.)
  • Completion of Doctoral Capstone
    • Dissertation Preparation courses (9 cr.)
    • Dissertation writing course (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of four quarters until completion)
  • Four PhD residencies

Curriculum


Specializations Courses (15 cr.)


These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.

Advanced Research Course (5 cr.)


PhD students are required to complete one advanced-level research course that mirrors the methodology of their intended dissertations. The university offers three advanced courses. Students should refer to their specific programs of study to determine program-specific requirements.

One of the following three courses is required:

Residency Requirements


  • Residency 1 - Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8003M.
  • Residency 2 - Complete Residency 2 at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310). Completion of Residencies 1 and 2 is required prior to registration in the advanced research course and MGMT 9000.
  • Residency 3 - Complete Residency 3 once you have a draft prospectus.
  • Residency 4 - Complete residency 4 after your prospectus is approved as:
  • Optional: Complete a dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during MGMT 9000M. Contact Student Success Advising to register. Note: Intensives are not included in Fast Track tuition.

Completion of the Doctoral Capstone


Dissertation

  • (5 credits per quarter for a minimum of four quarters until completion) *
  • *Students are continuously enrolled in MGMT 9000M for a minimum of four quarters until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

    To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence


The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Quarter Course Credits
1    0 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 1 as soon as you begin your program; no later than within 90 days of completing MGMT 8003M.  
2    5 cr.
   5 cr.
3    5 cr.
   5 cr.
4 MGMT 8xxxM - Specialization Course 1 5 cr.
   5 cr.
  Complete Residency 2 at the beginning of your second year, around the time of second research course (RSCH 8310). Completion of Residencies 1 and 2 is required prior to registration in the advanced research course and MGMT 9000.  
5 MGMT 8xxxM - Specialization Course 2 5 cr.
   5 cr.
6 MGMT 8xxxM - Specialization Course 3 5 cr.
   3 cr.
7    3 cr.
  OR   OR    5 cr.
  Complete Residency 3 once you have a draft prospectus.  
8    3 cr.
  5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion
9+   5 cr. per term for a minimum of 4 terms; taken continuously until completion
 

Complete residency 4 after your prospectus is approved as:

 
  Optional: Complete a PhD dissertation intensive (DRWI 8500) during MGMT 9000. Contact Student Success Advising to register.  

* Students take this course for a minimum of four quarters and are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Master of Philosophy (Embedded Degree)


Walden awards the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree to recognize PhD students for academic achievement leading up to their dissertation. With an MPhil, students will be able to demonstrate to employers and others that they have an advanced knowledge base in their field of study as well as proficiency in research design and evaluation.

  • Students are eligible to apply for this credential while continuing their PhD program once they have completed:
    • All required PhD core courses (or KAMs)
    • All required PhD specialization courses (or KAMs)
    • All required doctoral research and advanced research courses
    • Program prospectus development course
    • Residencies 1, 2, and 3
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA is mandatory.
  • The MPhil requires a minimum of 45 quarter credits. Maximum transfer of credit varies by program but is not to exceed 50% of the overall, or embedded, program requirements.

Doctoral Writing Assessment


Students who start or readmit to doctoral programs at Walden University in the university catalog for academic year 2017 or later will complete the university’s required doctoral writing assessment. Designed to evaluate incoming doctoral students’ writing skills, this assessment aims to help prepare incoming doctoral students to meet the university’s expectations for writing at the doctoral level.

Accreditation


Walden University’s PhD in Management program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). ACBSP is a leading, specialized accreditation association that identifies and supports excellence in business education.


 

8-Year Maximum Time Frame


Students have up to 8 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 8-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.

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