Doctor of Philosophy in Entrepreneurship

Major: ENTR
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GB
Program Webpage: http://business.louisville.edu/entrepreneurshipphd/

Program Information

Admission to the program is highly competitive. Applicants are only admitted in fall semesters of odd years (2015, 2017, 2019, etc.).

Program Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work. An undergraduate degree is required. No specific graduate or undergraduate major is required. However, an M.B.A. is preferred. A student who does not have a master's degree in business may be required to complete a set of courses covered in an M.B.A. program.
  • Official GMAT score. A GMAT score is required that is no more than two years old from date of application. A GRE score may be substituted for a GMAT score where GMAT testing is not available.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • Resume or C.V.
  • Personal statement about applicant's interest in entrepreneurship research.
  • Applicants with credentials from foreign universities must submit them for evaluation to one of the following services, which will issue a report that will become part of the applicant's application:
    • World Education Services http://www.wes.org
    • Education Credentials Evaluator http://ece.org
  • Applicants with a degree from a non-English speaking university or those for whom English is not their native language must submit a TOEFL score. http://ets.org/ibt/register.

This is a full-time program, requiring year-round study and a 20 hour/week paid research assistantship. Typically, students can finish their course work in two years and the program in four-to-five years, subject to progress on a dissertation. Students generally take about 19 courses consisting of seminars and directed readings and/or research. A student's curriculum choices are supervised and approved by an advisory committee.

All required courses are offered on a biennial basis in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

Curriculum

Course #  Description

Credit Hours

General Requirements New students may be required to take an online review of statistics course. Faculty mentors for research assistantships are established.

Professional Area (60 credit hours)

ENTR 761 Research Design I (& conjoint analysis)

3

ENTR 780 Foundations in Entrepreneurship Research

3

ENTR 768 Seminar in Finance & Venture Capital

3

PSYC 610 Advanced Statistics

3

ENTR 740 Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Issues in Entrepreneurial Firms

3

ENTR 780 Seminar in Discovery

1.5

ENTR 780 Philosophy of Science

1.5

ENTR 730 Entrepreneurship from a Strategic Perspective

3

ELFH 703 Multivariate Statistics

3

ENTR 789 Survey of Entrepreneurship (Independent Study for Preliminary Exams)

3

ENTR 750 Quantitative Approach to Entrepreneurship Research

3

ENTR 780 Research Design II

3

ENTR 720 Entrepreneurship from an Economic Perspective

3

ENTR 733 Entrepreneurship from a Psychological Perspective

3

ECPY 764 Structural Equation Modeling

3

ENTR 700 Current Topics in Entrepreneurship Research

3

ENTR 710 Sociological Foundations of Entrepreneurship

3

ENTR 780 Seminar in Family Business

3

ENTR 780 Seminar in Social Entrepreneurship

3

ENTR 799 Dissertation Research (Independent Study for 2nd Year Paper)

3

DOCT 600 Doctoral Candidacy

3

Minimum total credit hours

60

Faculty

Manju Ahuja

Professor

Howard Aldrich

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

Michael J. Barone

Professor

Yong Chao

Assistant Professor

James J. Chrisman

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

Per Davidsson

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

David Dubofsky

Professor

James O. Fiet
Professor
Brown-Forman Chair in Entrepreneurship
Chair, Ph.D. Program Committee

Program Director

Robert Garrett, Jr.

Associate Professor

Sandeep Goyal

Associate Professor

Tom Lumpkin

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

Simon Parker

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

Ryan Quinn

Associate Professor

Scott Shane

Distinguished Faculty Instructor

Dean Shepherd

Distinguished Faculty Instructor