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Doctoral program in business administration approved by WVU Board of Governors

The West Virginia University Board of Governors has approved a doctoral degree program in Business Administration at the College of Business and Economics. Program approval was officially designated at the board’s regular meeting earlier this month.

“Adding a doctoral program in business administration is an important step as we continue to strengthen WVU’s research scope and reputation, one of the key goals of the 2020 Strategic Plan for the Future,” said WVU Provost Michele Wheatly. “The new Ph.D. program will complement an existing vibrant Ph.D. in Economics. Broadening the Ph.D. option in the college will enable us to provide business graduate students with doctoral training as well as to recruit research active faculty in business.”

Doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to major in Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing. The four major areas will be phased in over the next three years, beginning in the fall semester of 2011 with the major in Management. The Ph.D. program will be a full-time residency program and is extremely competitive. The College of Business and Economics will seek highly qualified students with minimum Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores of 625.

Dr. Jose V. Sartarelli, Milan Puskar Dean, said the approval of the doctoral program by the WVU Board of Governors aligns with goals to enhance research productivity at the university, providing additional opportunities to attract high quality faculty and students.

“(WVU) President (James P.) Clements has outlined goals that include significant productivity in the area of research, and those goals are for the university-wide community,” said Sartarelli. “The approval of our Ph.D. program will assist in increasing research within the College of Business and Economics, but will also help us attract top-notch faculty and graduate students while helping our faculty stay current in their respective fields.”

The first two years of the program will include course work, while the last two years will include the development and writing of the dissertation.

“This does much to increase our reputation among our academic peers and, coupled with our AACSB International accreditation, the standards and expectations of the College will be higher. As we look at a number of ways to raise the standards of our already highly respected business school, the establishment of the doctoral program will play a major part,” Sartarelli said.